adding casters to the counter

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Tutorials, woodworking

A couple of weeks ago, I found this amazing antique counter on Craig’s List.  My mom and I cleaned it and then I sealed the paint to prevent further chipping.

antique counter | miss mustard seed

I want everything in the studio to be very easy to move, so we have a lot of flexibility with the set up and I can scoot things around by myself without shredding the floors.  So, my dad came to the studio yesterday to put casters on the counter.  We thought we might need to build a frame underneath to support the casters, but when we flipped it over, we saw that the wood was thick and in good condition to accept the screws required to hold the casters in place.

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Adding casters was as simple as lining the caster up and screwing it in.

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I bought some vintage casters, but we ended up using new ones, so they would lock in place.  The floors in the studio are uneven to say the least, so we didn’t want the counter rolling to the corner or something.  It turns out the the counter is heavy enough to stay put, even on wheels and a severely sloped floor, so we won’t need to lock them unless someone is tap dancing on it.  You never know what can happen in a creative space.  First riding around on vintage scooters, then…?

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I’m liking this counter as a place to pack boxes, but it’s really too pretty to keep it in the back room, so we’ll be moving it out into the “pretty area”, probably to use as a checkout counter for sales and workshops, but I’m not sure, yet.  The drawers are empty at this point, until I figure out what I want to use it for.

I have an organizing guru coming out on Tuesday to help me think through the functionality of the space and to get me more organized.  We settled into the studio pretty quickly and now we just need to fine-tune the space.

Jeff is going to start building some chunky farm tables for me this weekend…


In other news, I took my first riding lesson today.  It was hard and intense.  My mind is a little fried and my rear end is a lot sore, but it was fun and I’m looking forward to next week.

By the way, I’ve been so excited this week with the studio space that I entirely forgot to post FFF!  We’ll be back next week…

adding casters to the counter

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