Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Adding Legs to a Cabinet


add legs to a cabinet

An alternate title for this post would be "If you like it then you shoulda put some legs on it."  I mentioned in my last post that I had an upcycle to show you.  Well here she is.  This petite little cabinet actually didn't have legs when I found it.  

add legs to a cabinet

What she did have was fabulous glass doors and pretty trim on top. 

add legs to a cabinet

Solid mahogany, in great shape just missing her bottom half.


Turns out I had a set of table legs in my stash that were the perfect length.  Here I am testing them out. 

add legs to a cabinet

I used my Kreg pocket hole jig to drill holes and attach the apron pieces to my legs, then attached the whole thing to the cabinet from underneath. It took about twenty minutes, easy to do with the right tool.  The finish of the cabinet and legs doesn't match but with only light distressing and antique wax you can't tell.

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You'd never know they weren't always there.  

add planks to the back of a cabinet

I also replaced the back panel with planks to give the cabinet a little interest inside.  I think this would have been a great piece to wall paper the back of with a fun print but this is less taste specific. 

add legs to a cabinet

I had fun staging this one against my new plank wall.  The rug is from Ikea.  Paint is Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in color Mustard Seed, sealed with Antique Wax.  The inside is a medium gray latex I had on hand with antique glaze to warm it up.  

I'm very happy with how this piece came together, I think the legs fit perfectly.   




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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Custom Projects and a Business Update


I thought I'd share a couple custom pieces I recently finished as well as some changes I've made to the old business.  This first piece is a chair that used to belong to my clients Grandparents. Isn't it a great chair?  She decided on grain sack fabric, and I think it was the perfect choice.  



The before fabric was a worn peach silk.  The bones were in great shape just needed a new look.  


This one involved a little sewing.  I can't put it off any longer.  I am getting a new sewing machine by the end of this year.  I've saved my pennies just need to pull the trigger.  


This ottoman was for the same client.  I had a great time working with her, she's a sweetheart.  She wanted to add some color and pattern to her neutral living room.  It's hard to see in the photo but it's button tufted.  


The ottoman was created from her existing coffee table.  I recommended cutting down the top of the table so there would be less of an overhang and she agreed.  Nothing says "hey I used to be an table now I'm an ottoman" to me more than too much overhang.  



Since I've been doing more custom work I decided not to rent a space anymore.  I am now just consigning larger pieces.  For me that works the best.  Having a space means having smalls and I'm just not that into smalls.  Many people in the business will tell you how important smalls are.  I agree that if you have a space you need smalls to help pay the rent.  Larger pieces take time to sell and the smalls add up at the end of the month. For me though, I felt I was running all over the place to find smalls and not enjoying it.  Or trying to make all my smalls which is not always the best use of my time.  We all have to find what works best for us.  

I love a good repurpose so occasionally I still buy random pieces and salvaged parts to make into new and fabulous furniture.  (I have one to show you next week) I know it makes more sense to pay a little more for a finished piece and not spend so much time reworking things but to me it's worth it sometimes.  It makes me happy.  Even though I've been doing it less lately I still love to build things. 

So that's just a few of the changes going on.  I've got to keep learning and growing, that's what it's all about.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Baked Apple Donuts

Did you think you were in the wrong place?  I have never shared a recipe on the blog before but for some reason I felt an overwhelming need to share this.  


I was craving something sweet the other day and this recipe my mom used to make when I was a kid popped into my head.  Baked Apple Donuts.  I know they don't look like donuts but trust me you won't care once you eat one.  Delicious.  Sounds healthy right, well no.  After you bake them you dip them in butter and cover them with cinnamon and sugar.  

Recipe:

1 1/2 cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening or margarine
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup finely diced apple

Stir dry ingredients, cut in shortening. add in egg and milk then apples.

grease muffin tin and fill cups 2/3's full, bake at 350 for 20-30 min.  makes one dozen.

after baking allow to cool a bit and dip in butter then cinnamon and sugar mixture.  (1/2 cup butter.  mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon) 



The batter is pretty thick, doesn't really poor you gotta scoop it into your muffin tin.



Oh my they are so good I averaged four a day until they were gone.  Hubby is not much into sweets, lucky me.  The outside is so moist and scrumptious.  Sweet without being too sweet.  I could go on and on I think I might just go bake some more. 

True confession time.  I didn't have any milk so I used half heavy cream half water instead and also I didn't have any shortening or margarine so I used butter.  Whatever works right?  
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