Documenting how to make a canvas-stretcher from found materials – A Lesson Plan for the Maker Lab

An Impromptu Lesson in Craftiness – Scrap Material Canvas Stretcher

During a recent Zoom class, which normally lasts about four hours, I realized I have a really hard time attending to four hours of video talking... ARG! It just hurts my eyes and I feel drained from the focused attention on the screen. Ok, enough complaining, Mario!!! While the class was on,. I needed to … Continue reading An Impromptu Lesson in Craftiness – Scrap Material Canvas Stretcher

Minimalism With A Twist of Lemon

Bauhaus Minimalist Set Original Materials: Laminated (pine veneer) plywood, with pine legs.Refinished With: Charcoal Black Milk Paint for the drawer faces & sides, Canary Yellow Furniture Paint for inside the drawers, the shelves, and legs. Dimensions: a) Sideboard W – 42″ (107cm), D – 13.75″ (35cm), H – 20″ (50cm); b) Side tables W - … Continue reading Minimalism With A Twist of Lemon

The Well-Traveled Trunk – Part 1

Imagine The Travels This Truck Has Taken... Considering the humour and wit of the donor of this amazing find, I can well imagine it's seen quite a bit. The world, in fact. What can I do with such a storied piece that will allow it to see so much more? At first thought, I imagined … Continue reading The Well-Traveled Trunk – Part 1

The Old Commode, Transformed – Part 2

The Process Can Be Longer Than We Expected... A few days ago I shared with you the origins and sorry starting state of this old commode. It took much longer to sand off the thick and oddly gummy varnishes seemingly poured all over it. I don't know what kind of varnish was used, only that … Continue reading The Old Commode, Transformed – Part 2

A Very Cute Cabinet Just For You

A.K.A. Amal's Funky Cabinet In The Spare Room This was one of the first pieces that got me inspired to do this new obsession of refurbishing old furniture. It came as part of a whole mid-century modern design bedroom set. (I saved a couple more of the pieces.) This is how it started, before I … Continue reading A Very Cute Cabinet Just For You

The Sad Old Dresser Transformation – Part 2

Never Judge A Book By It's Cover, or something like that! As expected, the main cabinet is veneered panels. There seems to be pine and cedar in the construction. The whole thing, once sanded smelled like a cedar closet. Amazing. The drawers were beautifully jointed and in great condition, despite the weird stains and burns … Continue reading The Sad Old Dresser Transformation – Part 2

The Sad Old Dresser Transformation – Part 1

Art Deco - ish? I'm starting to think one of the funnest parts of doing all this furniture refinishing is hearing my wife toll me with each new piece I pick up that she's impressed I can see beyond the mess the piece is in when I grab it. In truth, I don't blame her … Continue reading The Sad Old Dresser Transformation – Part 1

The Old Commode, Transformed – Part 1

Ask for a thing with inner beauty and it comes right to your door... almost! I was searching through images on Pinterest and wishing someone would deliver to me a really interesting piece that I could possibly use for the entrance of my house to store coats, shoes, hats, etc... I couldn't see it clearly, … Continue reading The Old Commode, Transformed – Part 1

A Simply Fine Cabinet Transformation

The Possibility Of A Curio Cabinet Of Sorts... Here's the first of many new projects I hinted at in a recent article called The Joy of New Projects. This piece started as a beautifully made example of cabinetry made by the donors uncle. He told me he was a well known German Cabinet maker, but … Continue reading A Simply Fine Cabinet Transformation