Style: owner's chosen style is retro / eclectic vintage
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The problem: not enough storage space in craft studio area
This was part of a craft studio remodel project, look for next posting about the entire room.
My good friend Michelle's mother was down sizing and relocating her home of many many years. She asked me to assist her with cleaning out her mother's attic which had been use by many many family members as storage. Little did she know, I was thrilled to do it. My inner child came out and I was imaging all the forgotten treasures, special memories of tokens, keepsakes, dishes, wedding dresses, hats, toys, movies, photos, etc... My imagination went wild thinking of all the possible oddities that await in the attic.
It was clean out weekend... we ventured up the stairs to find an attic full of stuff that needed to be gone through and sorted by what to keep, trash, sell, or donate. As we sorted through, the memories and stories started to come to life. The experiences of those who came before and childhood memories filled the air. It made a dirty job very rewarding.
Out of the trash pile I gathered these old suitcases.
Design: to create a side table that doubles as storage.
Purchased ready made legs from hardware store along with appropriate hardware.
Stained and attached the legs
Use double sided sticky Velcro in between the suitcases to secure one to the other, also allows for easy removing to access the storage areas.
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We are very happy to announce that we have completed the large task of making 15 farm tables and 30 benches. A true labor of love and each table set has it's own distinct characteristics. We can't wait to see them in place as we celebrate our daughter and future son-in-law's wedding. :) Read more about it
Ed assembling the legs on farm tables
Want to see the whole process? Check out album here.
As with most everything the Crows make, there is a story. Ed, the “Father of the Bride” and a wood worker, wanted to make something special for his daughter and future son-in-law's wedding. He loves projects, so in keeping with the venue of the wedding and his daughter's dreams for her special day, he decided he would hand make tables and benches. Ed poured over design ideas, local resources, and came up with a design and plan. He made a prototype table and two benches (which are shown here). Janise researched and experimented with many stain and white wash techniques and finally came up with a finish that was exactly what they hoped for.
The test was to see if the future bride would like the prototype and want to use dad's hand made tables for her wedding reception. She loved them, now Ed had his wish come true, a special project for his daughter's wedding day, 15 handmade custom farm house tables with benches, in a gray white wash finish.
We will post our progress of making the 12-15 tables and 24-30 benches along the way, so keep following us.
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