Taking it to the Next Level

3:06 PM Katy 9 Comments

It seems like once I finish a project I want to advance to the next round. It's like watching my kids play wii. They bust their humps to clear a level & immediately start on the next. They never say to themselves - "you know. I finally finished that, it took me so long to figure it out, maybe I'll just stay here and replay this level a few more times." I feel the same way about building stuff.

After I finished Dawn's built-ins, I decided that the next level (for me) is building furniture. But not in the Ana White kind of way. I love her furniture plans, but the stuff I wanted to build required a lot more skill and tools:

Erin Valencich
In short - I needed a router table, and I needed to learn how to build cope and stick glass doors & fretwork. This has been an ongoing project over the summer and my workshop has changed:

I had to build myself another bench out of my scraps, and yes i STENCILED IT :)
I designed my own fretwork in CAD and decided to have it laser cut so I could spend my time on the glass-door-part of this build. I can always "level up" on the muntins at a later date. :) Those of you following this board of mine on Pinterest will have seen a sneak peek this summer of what I was doing..

This is the first attempt and although it won't be perfect, it's a starting point. I've got to figure out how to use the Shopsmith as a lathe because I want to try turning legs as well.

Honestly I am not sure where I am going with all of this. I feel like it's not just a hobby. The reason I teach myself new skills is because there's something in my head that I want to create but I need another level of knowledge to make it happen. (I don't have time to do anything unless there's a goal/purpose.. sigh)

Maybe I'm wasting my time. I hope not.

Anyone else tackling a whole new world this fall? Leveling up? Collecting all the coins and fire flowers? ;)

You Might Also Like


  1. That is going to be an Epic piece of furniture when it's finished! My heart jumped when I saw the doors, Beautiful!

    I think that if you're learning to do new things you love to do, you're time most certainly ain't wasted! :)


  2. Katy, I think your building is like my knitting. I don't do the same sort of pattern over and over that I've mastered. I am always trying the next skill up. Also, knitting and building are actually useful skills. More people should take them up! And then barter!

  3. Saintseester - yes! like your knitting! thank you :) xoxo

  4. I admire this. :) I don't have a creative bone in my body. But, I can certainly appreciate beautiful art. Love this, Katy!

  5. Whoa- this i s crazy! Nice work! I'm tackling unfinished pallet furniture and was very proud of myself...maybe need to step it up a notch. Can't wait to see some of the work

  6. I am so excited to see this piece finished! It sounds and looks like it going to be amazing. Major props to you for going outside the box and out if your comfort zone.

  7. well, which comes first? if we wait for the skill to come while we have the idea, it can't happen. but if we wait for the idea to come before we learn the skill....how can that happen? so yeah! i'm all for adding skills to my world. just remember, me- i'm still learning to properly handle spray paint. i've been acquiring a few things this summer and everyone's been asking "what are you going to DO with that?" but i don't know yet. i just know that when the time comes, everything will come together. but first it starts with owning your own drill (which i do, now!)

  8. Sherry!
    YES. It all starts with owning your own drill. After that, the possibilities are endless. :P

  9. You are simply amazing! This is gonna be a real stunner Katy! I want a shopsmith now! I wouldn't know the first thing about one but I know I want one! lol


Welcome to my three ring circus. thanks for stopping by!