Last week I returned from a 2-week vacation in the willywacks of Maine. My grandparents live on a 100-acre plot in the middle of the state and their land is complete with a giant garden, manmade fish pond, raspberry patch, grapevine, and more woodland than you could ever imagine. Their land is even complete with a Christmas-tree farm.
It was another awesome vacation Down East!
My grandparent’s house is replete with antiques, old family heirlooms and the most incredible collection of hand-built decorations, shelves and other crafty pretties. Amongst my grandfathers many talents is carpentry and he’s built some pretty incredible pieces over the years.
Visiting Maine always renews my inspiration for new hand-built wood projects and this trip was no exception. And so a new list of to-do projects has been born:
- Adirondack Chairs
- Mini Heart Shelves
- Hand-Built Cabinet
- Antique Dishtowel Rack
- Mudroom Hook & Shelf Cabinet
Adirondack Chairs: I’ve been planning to build Adirondack Chairs for a while now, but it helped to be able to inspect this one sitting at my grandparent’s lake house. We’re planning a BBQ in the next few weeks, so this project is coming quickly. In fact, I already purchased wood!
Mini Heart Shelf: This mini heart shelf has been hanging in my grandmother’s kitchen for years. It’s simple, sweet, and versatile and will make a cute gift.
Hand-Built Cabinet: The hand-built cabinet will be a part of my ongoing bathroom renovation. I’m planning to build one that is slightly larger and a bit squarer. More details to come…
Antique Dishtowel Rack: I always have 6 or 7 dishtowels hanging around the kitchen. There are a lot of dishes being done in a house with a chef and I since I’ve never had a dishwasher I could count on, I tend to spend a good part of my day with my hand in soapy water. My grandma has a few antique dishtowel racks that are a bit more elaborate than this one, but I like this one because I can easily replicate it.
Shelf & Hook Mud Room Cabinet: I spotted this large shelf and hook cabinet at a little restaurant in northern Maine while on an impromptu drive with my grandparents. My grandma laughed when she saw me snapping photos of it. “You’re going to build that, aren’t you?” she said. I don’t really have anywhere to put it right now, but I’d like to make some version of it sometime soon.
*Side Note: I also discovered that my mother used to make ties…as evidenced by the pair above. Cute!