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05-17-2010, 10:27 AM (This post was last modified: 05-17-2010 10:39 AM by Janie.)
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(05-17-2010 10:15 AM)ForceTen Wrote:  Sorry, haven't worked with a sprinkler system yet. But, it shouldn't be too bad. What you might want to consider is instead of removing a portion of it, see about capping it off in the area you want to skip. it would save you a lot of work and you'd only have to dig one or two holes instead of tearing it out. Also, if you happen to sell the house or get the moss under control (look into shade grass), it wouldn't be as much to repair/replace it.
Now this was totally helpful! Thank you!! I'll let you know how it goes.

Quote:Doing a wood fence isn't that difficult. but, you definitely need more than one person. Ask bidding companies to provide samples of new and see if you can get pictures of fences after a couple of years. Some don't build it properly to allow for water drainage as well as strength. Over a couple of years, the water soaks into the wood and will cause the fence to warp/sag and begin to look bad. I'm assuming you're talking about a wood privacy fence and not a two rail wooden fence?
Our back yard is 2/3 of the way fenced in so the addition has to match. The posts are cedar and everyone said they would sink the main posts down 2' in cement. There are about 8 regular wood planks in between the cedar posts with two horizontal boards, one on the bottom, the other on the top. These are large companies so I would hope they do good work.
My latest project I just finished last night. It’s a cedar chest I got off craigslist for about $60 I think. It was really beat up! Not well taken care of at all. It's hard to tell in this first pic but trust me, it did not look very pretty close up.

BEFORE:
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The chest was nice but way too ornate for my taste.

MID-WAY:
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I removed some of the wood decorations, the original wood handles, the brass decorative plates and tacks, and the original trim as it was badly damaged. I replaced it with a new trim and attached “feet.” I wanted to give the chest some height since it was not very tall. It was decent in length and depth though which was nice.

AFTER:
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Coat of primer, two coats of black paint and one coat of protective seal. I chose to give the brass decorative plates a metal appearance since I’m not crazy about brass, besides, it would not have worked with the décor in the room the chest was going in. Also, I turned the top into a cushion/bench (adding more height plus make a nice little bench to sit on). I also attached new metal handles.
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05-17-2010, 11:09 AM
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(05-17-2010 10:27 AM)Janie Wrote:  My latest project I just finished last night. It’s a cedar chest I got off craigslist for about $60 I think. It was really beat up! Not well taken care of at all. It's hard to tell in this first pic but trust me, it did not look very pretty close up.
Wow!! That's an amazing transformation! Janie, seriously, you've got some real talent there.

From start to finish, how long do you think it took you, and what do you estimate for the total cost (materials only, not your time) to bring it back to life?

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05-17-2010, 11:23 AM
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Wow! that looks GREAT, Janie! You did a really good job restoring that. I'm also interested to hear how long it took you to do that.
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05-17-2010, 06:27 PM
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Right now, this is about the only picture I can find. She was asked by a neighbor of ours if she could make a Marine Corps Dress Blue uniform for the duck. She did pretty good for having never seen one before. Only thing that's incorrect is the collar. I'll see if I can find more (have to dig through countless pictures which I thought were organized...)

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05-19-2010, 06:41 AM (This post was last modified: 05-19-2010 06:44 AM by Janie.)
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(05-17-2010 11:09 AM)old honda rider Wrote:  
(05-17-2010 10:27 AM)Janie Wrote:  My latest project I just finished last night. It’s a cedar chest I got off craigslist for about $60 I think. It was really beat up! Not well taken care of at all. It's hard to tell in this first pic but trust me, it did not look very pretty close up.
Wow!! That's an amazing transformation! Janie, seriously, you've got some real talent there.

From start to finish, how long do you think it took you, and what do you estimate for the total cost (materials only, not your time) to bring it back to life?
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Thank you!! I really enjoy doing this.

Let’s see, cost of materials for this project…

Legs: $12
Fabric: $10
Foam cushions: $15
Wood trim: $2
Handles: $8

So, about $50. The paint and supplies I already had.



I’m in the process of finishing a few other pieces and will post pics soon of those.
(05-17-2010 06:27 PM)ForceTen Wrote:  Right now, this is about the only picture I can find. She was asked by a neighbor of ours if she could make a Marine Corps Dress Blue uniform for the duck. She did pretty good for having never seen one before. Only thing that's incorrect is the collar. I'll see if I can find more (have to dig through countless pictures which I thought were organized...)

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She did a good job on the uniform!! It's tailored quite nicely. Big Grin
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05-20-2010, 10:26 PM
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Three recently finished projects…


BEFORE:
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I believed I paid $15 for this. The price was so low because of the missing arm rest. Other than that, the chair really was in good condition. It had good bones anyway. The wood showed its age. I had to do some research but it’s an antique Victorian nursing chair. It sits really low to the ground. This was just too cool to pass up.

MIDWAY:
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I took the chair into a woodworking shop for an estimate on having them make an arm. The price was somewhere around $250. I was blown away! He said the chair was made of mahogany and the arm would have been an interesting challenge. I liked the chair, didn’t love it so… I took off the remaining arm (repaired one leg) and turned it into…

AFTER:
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A slipper chair. I love how it turned out!!

Paid $15 and probably spent about $30 for supplies.


Next project…

BEFORE:
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Another craigslist find (most of my treasures are). An elderly woman was selling this. It was her husbands at-home work desk. She had already sold most everything else (obviously alone and looked a little sad!) and this desk was one of the last pieces. The house was nice and old and you can tell her and her family lived there for a very long time. The desk seemed sentimental to her and I assured her it was getting a good home and was exactly what I was looking for.

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When I started taking it apart to paint it, I discovered these cool side boards that pulled out and on one, there were these tiny calendar stickers from 1970. Weird that he had these still on there for so many years. Digging further, I discovered he was an architect and had some copies of blueprints he had done. From 1970.

AFTER:
[Image: AD3-1.jpg]
I painted it a very light pink. I needed a arts/crafts work desk. And this could not be more perfect.

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I kept his calendar stickers. For some reason, 1970 was very special to him. Maybe it was his first project, his most important project, just a lucky year for him, whatever. I felt I couldn’t get rid of the stickers. Also, I framed his blueprint and it’s now in our den.

Paid $40 and paid about $20 in supplies.


Lastly…

BEFORE:
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Vintage/antique chair that had been in city storage. Apparently, it was used way back in the day for some old city government desk job.

MID-WAY:
[Image: VC2-1.jpg]
Lots of dust, a few creepy very dead spiders and lots of general “ick.” So much so that I decided to take the whole damn thing apart to clean it really well.

AFTER:
[Image: VC3-1.jpg]
I painted it, removed the old seat fabric and replaced it with a stripey silk number. The leather back is the same as it was in really good condition. I had issues with the leg protector things and when I removed them, they cracked so I need to find some kind of a replacement.

Paid $25 and paid about $12 in supplies.
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05-20-2010, 10:42 PM
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(05-20-2010 10:26 PM)Janie Wrote:  Three recently finished projects…


BEFORE:
[Image: NC1-1.jpg]
I believed I paid $15 for this. The price was so low because of the missing arm rest. Other than that, the chair really was in good condition. It had good bones anyway. The wood showed its age. I had to do some research but it’s an antique Victorian nursing chair. It sits really low to the ground. This was just too cool to pass up.

MIDWAY:
[Image: NC2A-1.jpg]
I took the chair into a woodworking shop for an estimate on having them make an arm. The price was somewhere around $250. I was blown away! He said the chair was made of mahogany and the arm would have been an interesting challenge. I liked the chair, didn’t love it so… I took off the remaining arm (repaired one leg) and turned it into…

AFTER:
[Image: NC3-1.jpg]
A slipper chair. I love how it turned out!!

Paid $15 and probably spent about $30 for supplies.


Next project…

BEFORE:
[Image: AD1-1.jpg]
Another craigslist find (most of my treasures are). An elderly woman was selling this. It was her husbands at-home work desk. She had already sold most everything else (obviously alone and looked a little sad!) and this desk was one of the last pieces. The house was nice and old and you can tell her and her family lived there for a very long time. The desk seemed sentimental to her and I assured her it was getting a good home and was exactly what I was looking for.

[Image: AD2-1.jpg]
When I started taking it apart to paint it, I discovered these cool side boards that pulled out and on one, there were these tiny calendar stickers from 1970. Weird that he had these still on there for so many years. Digging further, I discovered he was an architect and had some copies of blueprints he had done. From 1970.

AFTER:
[Image: AD3-1.jpg]
I painted it a very light pink. I needed a arts/crafts work desk. And this could not be more perfect.

[Image: AD4-1.jpg]
I kept his calendar stickers. For some reason, 1970 was very special to him. Maybe it was his first project, his most important project, just a lucky year for him, whatever. I felt I couldn’t get rid of the stickers. Also, I framed his blueprint and it’s now in our den.

Paid $40 and paid about $20 in supplies.


Lastly…

BEFORE:
[Image: VC1-1.jpg]
Vintage/antique chair that had been in city storage. Apparently, it was used way back in the day for some old city government desk job.

MID-WAY:
[Image: VC2-1.jpg]
Lots of dust, a few creepy very dead spiders and lots of general “ick.” So much so that I decided to take the whole damn thing apart to clean it really well.

AFTER:
[Image: VC3-1.jpg]
I painted it, removed the old seat fabric and replaced it with a stripey silk number. The leather back is the same as it was in really good condition. I had issues with the leg protector things and when I removed them, they cracked so I need to find some kind of a replacement.

Paid $25 and paid about $12 in supplies.

You do fabulous work!

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05-20-2010, 10:51 PM
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(05-20-2010 10:42 PM)Bageleth Wrote:  You do fabulous work!

Thanks! I can't put it into words how much I enjoy this. Many of these objects would have ended up in a landfill somewhere. I love taking old pieces of furniture that you know has history and give it new life. Putting on that first coat of paint is so rewarding! A few items I've ended up selling only because I couldn't find space, or a good use, in the house. I usually make a decent penny on those.
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05-21-2010, 05:17 AM
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Wow! Those look great Janie! I especially like the desk. Not so much the pink, but the way it turned out and how you decided to preserve the calendar stickers and the blueprints. Very cool!

I've been looking for an older desk, as our are the cheap fiber board corner desks you buy at Office Depot or other large chain stores. But, what I want to do is find a really nice desk like what you did and restore it and make it an accessory in the living room. We're planning to move over the next couple of years, and I'm already planning out what/how we want to do our next home.

You're making me feel lazy, Janie. Tongue
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05-21-2010, 08:04 AM
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(05-21-2010 05:17 AM)ForceTen Wrote:  Wow! Those look great Janie! I especially like the desk. Not so much the pink, but the way it turned out and how you decided to preserve the calendar stickers and the blueprints. Very cool!

I've been looking for an older desk, as our are the cheap fiber board corner desks you buy at Office Depot or other large chain stores. But, what I want to do is find a really nice desk like what you did and restore it and make it an accessory in the living room. We're planning to move over the next couple of years, and I'm already planning out what/how we want to do our next home.

You're making me feel lazy, Janie. Tongue

Thanks FT!

Believe it or not, this is how I like to relax. Everyone leaves me alone and I get to zone out and concentrate on turning something that had a lot of history for other people, give it some TLC and turn it into a new piece I can use. It’s very therapeutic!

Here’s a desk I finished a few months ago. Again, got it off craigslist. It was free.

BEFORE:
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AFTER:
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Having the right tools and materials before starting a project is key. It doesn’t take me too long to tackle projects. Although, with two kids, I have to do things piecemeal and a lot of times, I’m painting at 10 at night!
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