Hello Friends! I've missed you the last few days. I missed a couple days of blogging because I just tried to cram too much in my day and flat ran out of time. And when bedtime calls, I must answer, even if the blog post is not written. Generally bedtime calls me by 9:30 each night...I know, I'm an oldie! But, in my defense, I do start my day around 5 or 5:30 generally.
Okay, on another totally random note, I feel the need to share a tiny little garage sale conversation that took place this morning. It's one of those "you know you live in the south if..." kind of stories. Don't know about you, but I always feel the need to say thank-you to the garage sale host or hostess, especially if I don't buy anything. So, I'm at a sale, hosted by a sweet little old man. I had first asked him how he was doing and he said "purty good seein's how my gettin' up early ain't caught up to me just yet". Then, I shop his sale (which consisted of two tables). Side note: can you really call it a garage sale and go the trouble of having it and advertising if it's only two tables?? And no, he wasn't just sold out...this was at 7:15. Anyhoo, I didn't buy anything and I'm leaving so I give him my usual "thank you" to which he responded, "yee-huh". For those of you that might not know, that's code for 'you're welcome'. And it's pronounced just like I wrote it: "yee-huh". I got in my car and just smiled...yep, I'm in the south!
Alright, onto a little shelf I whipped up last night. I sold a couple of really big pieces in the last couple of days in some of my booths and I was in desperate need of a display shelf. I haven't found one recently (or at least one I was willing to pay the price for), so I decided to consult my scrap wood-and-other-stuff pile. I had four old shutters that were no good for display anymore...slats falling out, some rotted parts, wobbly, etc, so I turned them into this, which happened turn out to be very sturdy. Voila...I just love a good upcycled project!
Here's what the shutters started out like. There were four of them that I had picked up of the side of the road when we first moved to Florida.
I used the compound sliding miter saw and cut two pieces to serve as the sides. I figured I would start there and see what I had left to work with. I then cut three pieces to use as the shelves. Don't tell my husband, but I didn't measure anything. He's a perfectionist and would not be happy to know this. I knew the shutters were the same length, so I picked the same spot on each one to make the cuts.
Here's what I had left after cutting my pieces. You know they are past the point of return when even I throw them out...goodbye shutter remains!
The picture below shows the shelf starting to be put together. What you see on the top is actually the side panel. I stood the shelves upright and placed the side panel on top of them.
I screwed all the shelves on using some really long screws to provide extra stability. I didn't pre-drill anything for this project, because the wood was fairly soft.
Once I screwed through the side panel (1 screw into each corner of the end of the shelf) into the shelf ends, I flipped the entire unit over and added the remaining side panel. Worthy of mentioning here is the fact that I did have to screw and unscrew a few of my joints, to get it straight. Had I measured in the get-go, I could have eliminated this, but since I was eyeballing, my shelves weren't totally straight the first time. This piece didn't need to be perfect due to the sheer rusticness of it, but I at least needed level shelves! Pretty good for a 15 minute project if I do say so myself.
Here's a few other Smith's booth picture updates (of course, they are also horrible picture quality...sorry!!)