Monday, October 16, 2017

SIX Projects With Old Lath boards

I've had a little obsession this month with lath boards!!!!
Want a peek at some of my lath projects?

Let's start out with this nightstand drawer!  
This drawer was a curbside find that I painted black and glued lath boards on the back.  Standing up, it made a great shelf!  I used wood glue and metal corner braces for the shelf.


Can you tell I'm not only on a lath kick, but a succulent kick?
The kind I don't have to keep alive, by the way!
I know, I know, you're not supposed to be able to kill them too easily but one can never be too sure!

Maybe I should back up!  Just where are lath boards found?  In an old house.  Like in this picture where I'm tearing the tile off the backsplash... see those narrow boards peeking out from under those tiles and grout??


This was just an empty frame that I filled with lath and then secured a wood bowl onto as a succulent "planter".


This one was a simple easy one, yet makes a big impact!  I had this little wooden box that a fellow antique mall boother (boother?) couldn't sell in his booth so he gave it to me.  I love this guy.  When he thinks something has sat too long in his booth, he unloads his stuff on me.  I love being on the receiving end of everyone's junk!  I painted the inside black, and then used my Ryobi air gun to nail lath boards around the outside.  I was so excited when one of my vintage license plates was the exact width of the one side!  Yes!


This furniture redo is one of my faves, and the lath boards came in handy here to put across the back.  So lightweight that you can't tell they are there when you pick this baby up.  Can't say the same for the barnwood I put on the bottom though...  But lath is definitely not sturdy enough to put books on!
(View the full post on this vintage stereo's before and after HERE).


And then there was this ugly wooden calendar hanger that I converted into a tray with lath.
Pretty!!!  The tray AND my friend Laura... :)

(View the full before and after post on this tray HERE.)


This was an old one I did for our garden shed.  It's been hanging for a few years and is a little more faded then it is in this picture!  Old Glory is still glorious. :)


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Calendar Holder To Awesome Rustic Tray


Would you pick up a calendar hanger/holder for a quarter at a garage sale?
You bet I would! :)

I've been working a lot with old lath boards lately.  
If you've remodeled an old home ever, you know the stuff I'm talking about!
I shudder to think of how much we threw on the burnpile a few years ago because I didn't win the battle to save all of it.

You know, this battle that I have with my husband all. the. time.:


So thankfully, my mama gets me, and she was helping her friend Courtney on a home remodel and brought me some bundles of lath boards last time she came to visit.  Yay!!!

After painting the wood black, I cut some lath boards and glued them on the bottom of my soon-to-be tray.  Then used an old purse strap for the handles.  I cannot sing the praises of this Ryobi air staple gun enough.  I shot two staples into each end of the "handle" to secure it.


Then the whole thing got a few coats of polyurethane. 

I was very blessed to have this sweet girl, Laura, come with my mom for a visit while she's in the USA all the way from Columbia.  We taught her the English word for "crafting". :)  Along with the a few other phrases like "oh boy" and "...so fun, the kids had a ball". 





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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Vintage Stereo Repurposed


One day, I was meandering around one of my favorite places, the Parma Antique Mall, when I spied this old vintage stereo in the way back.  The price tag said $10.  That's a bit more than I pay for anything, so I thought about it, but went home empty handed.  A week later I went in to drop some things off in my booth, when I wandered to the back again.... and saw it was still there!  So of course, it had to come home with me.

I plugged it in, but could only succeed in getting the display light to come on. The other knobs did nothing.  I clipped all the wires and with the help of the kid I watch, we gutted the inside.


I painted it white, and then went in search of the perfect salvaged wood from my stash.
I found some old barn boards and had to splice one to fit.  Me being terrible at math and measuring, always feel so extra special when it fits in just perfect after the first cut on the table saw. :)


After cutting all the lathe boards (thanks for bringing me a stash from Courtney's house renovations out in Iowa, Mom and Dad!!!) I used my nifty difty Ryobi nail gun to attach them to the back.  Lathe for furniture backing?  Oh heck to the rustic yeah!


And the great thing about lathe, besides it's amazing rustic beauty, is it's super lightweight!!!
Therefore, hardly any added weight to your furniture, which is always a plus for me since I'm hauling it in and out of a vehicle and what not.


I actually didn't gut this baby completely, because I couldn't get the actual stereo part out. So if anyone really wanted to hook it back up, they probably could.  I love the display window though, and the knobs that my friend Maran pointed out look like Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.  (They totally, girl).


Check out the saw marks on that old reclaimed wood!  There was just a bit of a gap between the front of the stereo and the barnwood, and wouldn't you know it, but a the width of a lathe board fit in the spot perfectly!!  Love it when that happens, because it seems like it rarely does!


And by the way.... since when was it BC and FM???  I sure remember listening to some static on AM... but BC?
Any radio hams out there?




So I have to mention the books.  These American Heritage books I have in my possession date from the 1950's to the 1970's.  Like a hardback magazine, these were a subscription that came in the mail every month.  Guess where I found them?  Stacked out in boxes in the barn when we moved in.  Just loads of them.  Some were too bug-eaten and mildewy to save.  Others are in almost perfect condition, with just a hint of musty smell.  Call me crazy, but I love that old musty smell.  I usually keep a small supply of them for sale in my booth at the Parma Antique Mall, and I have lots of them decorating my home.  Stacks under a lamp, propped up in front of the fireplace, on the coffee table.... you can pretty much find some in each room somewhere.


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Easy Tile-Look Back Splash {Plus Before and Afters of Tenant House #2}



So this is in one of our rental properties on our "estate".  It was in yucky shape when we got it!
Do you see what the nicotine does to walls in a house???  Those walls were white at one time: 


This is after SCRUBBING the walls before coating it with Kilz!
Seriously, smokers!  If you don't care about your lungs, at least care about your walls.
Uhhh.....?


Anyways, this post isn't really about how yellowed the walls were from cigarette smoke.
It's about a back splash!  I had painted it a light gray, but really wanted to do more with it.  So when the first tenants moved out, I grabbed my  moroccan stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils because it has a "tile look" to it and used a darker gray paint and a foam roller.



When I was done with the stencil, it still looked unfinished to me.
So I found a piece of white trim leftover from who-knows-what project and cut it to fit under the cabinets.  I used my handy cordless Ryobi nail gun to secure it to the wall.


See how just adding a piece of trim can really make something look finished?


This project was super easy and if you get tired of it, all you have to do is paint over it!
Forget trying to tear off old tiles or remove glue in a decade....  win win!

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While we're here in the little "Tenant House's East Side" how about a few more before/after pics for fun?










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