Category Archives: Furniture Projects

Record Storage…Completed

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Well, I figured before I post something about a possible upcoming project, I might as well give an update on what has been an ongoing project. After months and months of searching for the perfect piece and plenty of research on possibly building a custom piece… I am happy to announce that all of those records (previously stored in multiple locations around the house) are now stored in a great HON bookcase I scored off of Craigslist.

If you look at the actual design of the piece, it is very similar to one that I had located previously on Craigslist (in Seattle). The big difference is the lack of the individual dividers. However, with the 41 1/2″ of records I wanted to house together, the dividers don’t really seem to be quite as necessary as I first thought.  The records seem to be doing a great job of supporting one another.  In addition to being quite the work-horse, this piece has plenty of space for books and other decorative pieces, in addition to being up to the task of record storage.

So, there we have it, a complete record storage solution.

I know, I know…finally.

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Record Storage Progress

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A while back, I realized that it has been months since I last posted or even mentioned projects that I’m working on. Alas, I suppose that is a reflection of my recent lack of motivation with re: to projects large and small. However, I am happy to report that progress is being made with re: to my search for a complete record storage solution. I believe I mentioned in a previous post that I was possibly having a piece of furniture built specifically to my specs which would ease my record storage needs. Unfortunately, that option didn’t quite work out…so, I’ve kept my eyes peeled (while maintaining an open mind). Lots of measuring and waiting, to say the least. With that being said, I’m happy to report that I believe I’ve finally found something (on Craigslist, of course) that will more than meet my needs, required little more than a good cleaning, and was quite reasonable cost-wise. I have a feeling it is going to provide the storage solution I’ve been searching for. From all angles, it sure looks to be quite the workhorse.  I know, it may look a little plain and boring right now…just wait until it is loaded with record albums, books, a decorative piece or two, etc.  The possibilities are nearly endless.

Who knows, I may just have to get another (black metal) HON 4-shelf bookcase.  Stay tuned for further updates…

Complete Record Storage

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record-storage4With some potential work happening here on the home front, I figured it might be a good idea to have all of the record albums stored together…in a more display worthy sort of fashion.  At my last count, I’ve got records stored in four different locations throughout the house.  If I could have my way, the records would all be together in a more decorative sort of fashion.  In addition to storing a plethora of records, it’d be neat if the shelves could also store some books, pictures, decor., etc.

Yes, I know, it seems a tall order.  Plus, there are things to consider like: the type of wood, construction style, coloring/finish (to coordinate with existing pieces or not to coordinate, that is the question), number of shelves, what sort of base…I could go on and on.  I believe I’ve at least narrowed down where I’drecord-shelf2 like the piece to fit.  With that being said, it’ll have to be greater in height than width.  And, I’m really looking for a piece that can actually handle the weight that’ll be placed upon it, so sturdiness will be paramount.

recod-feetCraigslist (local and not-so-local), Pinterest,  and the internet in general have provided me with a variety of ideas.  Any piece that I’ve been remotely interested in would need some sort of alteration, whether painting, reinforcement, design change, etc.  So, if all goes well, I think I may be investing in a custom-made record shelf.  Yah, yah, I know…that should make this whole thing a piece of cake.  However, let me mention how overwhelming all of the existing choices have been.  Within reason, I can create whatever sort of piece I want.  Goodness knows, now all I need to do is make up my mind.  Needless to say, easier said than done.  Go figure.

Vintage Bookcase…Moving Forward

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After nearly a year of just waiting, I figured it was probably time for me to give the vintage bookcase I scored off of Craigslist last summer some attention.  Now, don’t get me wrong, last summer, I had stripped the paint off of it, primed it, and cut new shelves.  So, it’s not like I hadn’t done any work on it.  I think my biggest hold-up with re: to moving forward was actually choosing what colors I wanted to paint it.  I really like the look of this particular piece, very unique lines, so I figured I’d probably want to keep it.  Hence the reason why the color decision was such a struggle.DSCN6566

I am happy to report that I finally made up my mind a few days ago (after a trip to the local ACE Hardware store).  I had been thinking about possibly branching away from my traditional green.  In fact, I even bought a quart of a different gray, just in case I wanted to go in that direction.  Needless to say, the green just kept calling me back.  Now, as I believe I mentioned in a previous post, I really wanted to do the outside of the bookcase one color and the inside a different color.  With my green as one of the colors, I was now on the hunt for a color that I’d like to have paired with it.

Quite some time ago, I got a quart of FREE paint from the local ACE Hardware store.  The color I ended up with (mind you, I was able to choose my color) ended up being not quite was I was looking for.  So, I’ve only used the paint for one project, my wooden tool box.  While recently watching some episodes of Rehab Addict, Nicole mentioned taking some of DSCN6569her paint to get re-tinted.  What a novel idea!  I just wanted an orange that looked more orange…that’s all.  So, I looked up re-tinting online and figured I’d give it a shot.  So, I loaded up my paint, took a sample of the color I actually wanted, and headed to the local ACE Hardware store.  The person in the paint department was incredibly helpful and after a good shaking, scanning my desired orange, adding a bit of orange, adding a bit of yellow, and plenty of shaking, I got my orange.

Believe it or not, I have a feeling that the finished product will look quite similar to the bookcase I started with!  Guess that’s just the way it goes some times.  And, as they say, progress is progress.  Here’s to moving forward!

Projects with Potential

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With the dry weather finally here, I’ve actually got some pretty great conditions for working on those projects I’ve had on hold for a while.  However, until that forward progress happens, I figured I’d share a bit about some projects that I have recently re-homed.  Here me out.  Somehow, I find it fairly easy to acquire new pieces to work on, but the time to work on them doesn’t seem to come as easy.  So, this past week, I let a couple of them go.  DSCN6237One of them was a truly fabulous, vintage spindle/spool full/double bed frame I had gotten for FREE off of Craigslist nearly a year ago.  It did need some structural work (mainly repairing some previously poorly-done repairs), so it just sat around waiting to receive some attention.  Attention that I currently don’t have the skills to make happen.  The second piece was DSCN6255a record holder/stand/cabinet I acquired at a recent garage sale…turned FREE sale.  It had pretty good structure and seemed like it’d be fun to refinish.  That being said, it was in pretty rough shape, but I figured it wasn’t in much worse condition than any of the other pieces of furniture I’ve worked on.  The top was peeling off and well, it was taking up space.  Hmm…I sure do seem to have a thing for “diamonds in the rough”.  Guess I just like to see something transform from something that someone would literally give away into something truly remarkable.

With that being said, there are still two pieces awaiting my attention.  I do hope to make some forward progress on the vintage bookcase I started working on last summer.  I’m still unsure on what color scheme I want to use on that…which seem to be my current hold-up.  In addition to the bookcase, I’ve also got a piano bench that I said I’d refinish for a friend.  This piece is a pretty straight forward project…literally just sanding, staining, and clear coating.  Simple, right?  Seems to be some famous words I’ve said, ‘eh…heard a few times.

Primed and Shelved

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I figured it was about time to provide some updates on the progress of the vintage bookcase I’ve been working on.  Probably close to a month ago, I was able to get the piece sanded.  I actually ended up using more stripper on it, as there was still a sticky residue on the surface I had removed the laminate from.  So, after far too much time sanding, I finally got it to the point where I felt it was ‘good enough’.  I caulked a couple places, so as to prevent any gaps and such.  Then, I was finally able to DSCN4816get it primed.  Since all I had at that point was the actual bookcase frame, the priming was relatively painless.  And there it sat.

Fast forward a few weeks, I took the existing orange shelf to the local ReStore to see if I could find some wood that would work to make two shelves out of.  Believe it or not, I did find just the piece of wood I needed.  It was exactly the width and thickness of the sample shelf I had brought with me and appeared to have enough to make two shelves out of.  I’m pretty sure I paid something like 50 cents or maybe it was $1.00.  Either way, a steal of a deal.  The actual piece of wood kinda looked to me like a ‘built in’ cutting board.

And here we are.  Just yesterday evening, (with plenty of help) I was able to get the two shelves cut for the bookcase.  Luckily, I had enough sense to measure both openings where the shelves would sit.  As it turns out, the second shelf opening is nearly an inch wider than the top shelf (which is where the ‘sample’ shelf came from).  Yah, yah, the shelves still need to be sanded and primed, but every step moves this project forward a little bit more.

So there you have it, something that is actually starting to look like a bookcase.  Now, I still need to figure out what colors I want to paint it.  Until I make up my mind about that particular detail, we’ll have to consider this project ‘shelved’.

Vintage Bookcase

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With yet another project complete, it is time for me to get started on the next one.  After all, summer only lasts so long…I’ve got to take advantage of this beautiful weather while I can.  Alas, I digress.DSCN4579

A couple of weeks ago, I acquired (for FREE on Craigslist) an awesome, vintage bookcase.  It was left to its own devises while I finished the patio table.  I must say, it was pretty eye-catching as it was.  But, knowing me, I’ll strive to DSCN4586make it even more of a statement piece.  The jury is still out as to what direction I want to go with the painting.  I’m thinking of using one color for the inside and a different color for the outside.  So, something similar to the record cabinet I finished a while back.  With that being said, I have been able to get quite a bit of prep work done.  This past Thursday, I got the entire piece stripped (which is never
a glamorous part of prepping any piece of furniture) DSCN4588and wiped down with paint thinner.  I ended up taking the veneer off of the whole front surface…which literally, ‘eh, figuratively came off like butter, so that was probably a really good move.

Next steps will include sanding the whole piece AND creating two new shelves for the inside area.  I hope to pay the local ReStore a visit at some point this week to find some wood for the shelves.