Last week I told you some nice people came to visit to drop off some things. I suppose I was a little unclear. One of my blog friends, Missy of My Cottage Charm wrote me an email recently asking if I could make some cupboards for her mom. You see her mom had all the stuff, but needed someone to put it all together. Missy’s dad Carl, her brother Adam and her son Lincoln traveled over an hour to bring me all this:
Two old windows,
some scrap wood and lots of bedposts!
After putting two coats of primer on the wood, I got busy building a standard box to fit the size of the windows. I used Gorilla Wood Glue. Being the October winner of the DIY Club monthly contest I received some Rockler products. This countersink bit was one of those items. I clamped the glued pieces together and used the countersink bit to drill my pilot holes. The countersink bit drills the pilot and the sink hole all at the same time. I’ve had cheaper versions where the bit has broken off. These bits seem to be made much better, I don’t think I’ll be having that problem. After I built the box, I started putting together the “stand”. I cut the bedposts down to size. Missy’s mom Mary liked one set of bedposts better than the other. Those became the front legs. I’ve shown you how to do this before. I draw a circle around the leg on the top of the wood. I drilled pilot holes in this circle. Here’s a tip: It’s difficult to hold the leg and the top together to get the screws in. I used very long screws to hold the board to the legs. In order to do that I first screwed a shorter screw through the pilot hole in the board just barely going into the leg. Most bedposts are VERY hard wood. You MUST drill a pilot hole into the leg. After the short screw secured the leg (barely) I drilled the pilot hole through the original pilot hole into the leg. I then inserted my long screw. I did this a second time, then I removed the original short screw, drilled the pilot hole into the leg and inserted one of my long screws. You may think to yourself why not just use one of the long screws and not go all the way with it. The long screws were coarse (too big to do this without first drilling a pilot hole). The short screw I used was more of a fine thread and easily screwed into the leg enough to hold it temporarily.
This is the stand.
Here, I’m in the process of making the second stand.
I soap my screws, they go in much easier that way. Even then sometimes they squeeaal. If that happens to you, back it out slightly and push it in again. Sometimes you might have to do that twice. Don’t pay any attention to all my figures, I was trying to figure out how large to make my boxes to fit the windows.
I took this picture to show you how I work! I have stuff strewn everywhere! You can see here that I have the crown molding on the first cabinet.
This is all I had left of the length of crown molding Mary sent. I was a little stressed. There was NO room for error here.
here ya go!
Now on to the windows. I made sure to ask Missy where these windows came from. She told me they were given to her mom. LOOK at that putty!
SOOO much putty that it was visible on the “right” side of the window.
I cleaned the windows and scraped all the years of paint off.
One of the windows was already missing most of it’s putty. The glazier points were doing a really good job of holding the glass panes. I removed the excess putty in window number 1.
I also removed the MASSIVE amounts of putty on window #2. OOOPS! I pressed a little too hard near one of the points and one of the panes cracked. You can see how to cut a new pane in my post How To Cut Glass
I taped the windows so I could paint them. You’ll see the second from the bottom pane is NOT taped. Well, it has a piece of tape on it to keep it from breaking completely. That’s the one I had to replace.
Here is one of the cabinets after 4-5 coats of primer and two coats of flat white paint.
I made the cabinets open opposite. One is hinged on the right, the other is hinged on the left. Mary intends on putting them in an attic room on either side of a window. You may notice the front and back legs don’t exactly match. Mary wanted all 4 front legs to be uniform. I totally agree, I would have done the same thing. Mary is recuperating from a foot injury and is currently unable to go up the stairs to “adorn” the new cupboards with their pretties. Missy plans to do it for her mom and will be sending me pictures when they are all dolled up. Not that they don’t look beautiful in their fall setting. If you ever have any questions about one of my tutorials, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can leave your question in a comment below.
If you love this project, you will not want to miss this roundup of window projects.
EDITED TO ADD: Missy emailed me some pictures she took with her phone of the twins in their new room. Mary dressed them really pretty, don’t you think?
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