Sunday, August 6, 2017

My Arms Are Tired

Because I just flew in from Vegas... badum bump.  Always makes my husband laugh.  But we're kind of nerds.

The reason my arms are tired is because I don't have a table saw.

Maybe I should start from the beginning.  We had to buy new mattresses, and while we did that I talked my husband into finally getting a headboard for the bed.  But the bedside tables we had wouldn't fit.

To be honest I didn't mind that much, they were beat up and the drawers wouldn't close properly.  So I found some new ones cheap and put them together.
Colburn Modern and Contemporary 2-Drawer Dark Brown Finish Wood Storage Nightstand Bedside Table
My husband liked that the drawers worked but they were very short, less than sixteen inches tall.  He hated that. 

So I spent some time trying to figure out how to make them taller.  Home Depot to the rescue.  I found some table legs and braces that would work.

Waddell 7.5 in. Wood Round Taper Table Leg

The only issue was that because of how the nightstands were made there was no place to attach the back half of the braces.  So I bought a length of wood I could cut to the right height.  Hence the sore arms. 

But once I got that done the rest was smooth sailing. 

Apart from a Siamese deciding she wanted to be part of the photo shoot. 

But after I got all that done I had to clean up the mess of sawdust and empty packages and tags.  And I was free to start working on miniature furniture again. 

I started with the House Of Miniature's kit bachelor chest.  I want to use it as a bedside table.  (Sort of the weekend theme.) 

I didn't really do much bashing to it other than adding casters to the bottom so I could roll it from side to side.  And I changed the handles to look a bit more modern.  I used a Minwax stain pen in Ebony to give it a bit of a change from the cherry I used on the murphy bed.

I don't think it turned out too badly. 

But I doubt I'll get much else accomplished this weekend.  How is everyone else doing?


  1. sheila, you are incredibly versatile! no just minis - but real life, too :-)

    1. LOL strangely enough, if I hadn't been trying to fix things in RL I would never have had the guts to try a dollhouse. Now I find minis easier to deal with than 1:1 furniture. Less mass.

  2. Those nightstands are so stylish! Great job on the assembly and for adding the legs! They go perfectly! You are turning into a Home Improvement Dynamo, and will soon need to splurge on the tools that make the job easier. Or just work on minis - you're awesome at that, too!

    1. I wouldn't want you to think I'm completely awesome. It took me a couple months to figure out how to elevate the nightstands.

      Minis are so much easier! Thanks!

  3. Great job with your Real Life nightstand modifications and also for adding castors to the HoM kit. That extra bit of air underneath BOTH visually lightens them up. :)

    1. Thanks!

      And the cats now have a place to hang out some as well. Might get them some cat beds to go under the nightstands.

  4. I am so impressed with your RL modifications. You need to be in a Home Depot/Lowes advertisement!

    1. Thanks! I was pretty pleased with how they turned out. But I don't know if I could handle anything more complex.