Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wicker child's rocker

    I bought this cute vintage style rocker a while back.  I paid a little more than I normally would, but it was a sale benefiting women and children, so I prefer to over pay a bit for charities, especially when it is by donation.  It was painted white and because of the many layers and some older repairs, it may very well be vintage.
    I chose a sunny yellow and mint that would be gender neutral.  After repairs, some of which are visible, I covered the seat with canvas, securing it with hot glue.  Several coats of poly were applied to protect the wicker and then I made a cushion with new foam and pastel dinosaur fabric. 
    The floor to the seat measurement is about 10 1/2 in.  The pad is about 2 in thick.  From the floor to the top of the back is about 23 inches.
    This would be adorable in a nursery, or even at Grandma's house, where it could hold quilts between grandchild visits!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Little Pine Chest Update

    Julie has been one of my very best customers.  She finds great pieces, and sometimes buys the ones I sell.  She has had this cute little chest for quite a while and asked me to redo it for her.  This seems to be a home made piece with wooden drawer slides.  There is a little warping, but with a little care and a lot of wax on the slides it should last a long time.
    After sanding, I applied 2 coats of shellac.  I am finding it to be worth the extra effort with older pieces of unknown history, to prevent bleed through.  White paint on the body of the dresser and a pretty mint green on the drawers, will help it to match a set of dressers in the room it will go in.  I did some distressing and enhanced it with a little black paint because the wood is so light colored.  The handles were spray painted black.    It was poly-coated  for protection.  We decided that it also makes a cute bench and she had some fabric so I made a cushion and attached it with hook and loop.  I just love how this turned out!
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Last Sign

    This is the last in a series of farmhouse type signs that I have done for my house, you can read here about the history of the boards and where I got them, here:
and see my second sign here:

    I chose this spot to hang the antiques sign because it is such an awkward little space.  Just a narrow space between two doors that has always bothered me.

    I really wanted to find a use, other than shelves for these great old boards, and I think I found the perfect one!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sign # 2

     As I posted here
 I bought some boards that had come from a pottery factory.  I love the history of them, and they are perfect for making signs that have a worn farmhouse style.  I am working on the area below the sign so it really isn't photo-worthy yet, but I wanted to show you just how perfect these reclaimed shelves are for this purpose.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mid-Century Gets a Timeworn Finish

Ok, seriously...this house is so dark, that is a shadow on the side of the dresser...I have no future in photography.  The best I can do is this attempt at staging this piece.  Also, I know there are before pictures....somewhere, the truth is, at this point there are so many pictures on this tablet that it is hard to find anything.  The only time I remember that I need to do something about it is when I need to find a specific picture, like now.
    Anyway, this is a custom dresser.  The owner wanted it to match her handmade reclaimed, wooden headboard.  I wanted a timeworn finish that was soft, rather than heavily distressed.  After sanding, my first attempts were a white pickling stain.  After a few coats in a test spot, it became obvious that it would take many, many coats to create the look I wanted.  I switched over to Rustoleum's Chalked Paint, which still took quite a few coats, because   I watered it down to give it a white washed look.  I always wait a day between coats of paint, even chalk type paints.  I just find that the paint adheres much better.  When I send a piece of furniture off to its home I want the finish to last.  I originally intended to spray paint the handles in a brushed nickel, but because of the yellowish hue, I settled on metalic aluminum.
  This is getting a rubbed wax finish and will be delivered this week.
The owner of this piece was kind enough to send me a before picture, thank you Julie!
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Farmhouse sign

  I have been wanting to make some large, rustic signs for my house for a while.  I was able to travel down to Wasilla, to the annual Picker Day event at Alaska Picker 
    I was looking forward to picking up was a few boards that I thought would be perfect for signs.  I loved the history of the boards.  They were used for drying pottery on at a factory in Sebring, Ohio.  We originally came from Indiana and Ohio, and pottery from that area, even though it is on the other side of the state is very familiar.
     For this sign, I decided I wanted white letters, so I couldn't do a transfer.  Instead, I printed out the letters, cut them out, traced them and then painted them.  The wood was very smooth and soft and took the paint easily.  I like the rounded edges.
    This sign is now above the TV in our living room.  I will be making a couple more signs for our house with the other boards.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017


    I have wanted to re-upholster a French Provincial chair for a while.  The problem was finding one.  I just have not seen very many in my area.  I found one at a large garage sale, and while the cushions and fabric were completely shot, the frame was in great shape and the price was barely above free so I grabbed it.  Nothing screams 70's quite like green, gold, orange......unless it is satiny, green and blue.....yikes.  You can just barely get a glimpse of the chair, on the other side of this beauty, that I also snapped up.

    I ordered some beautiful pure linen old mangle cloth to re-upholster this chair with.  Mangles were used to press water out of clothing when washed.  The red stripes on either side are meant to be guide marks for loading the items into the mangle.  This is wonderful strong fabric, but not used as much as other vintage linens for upholstering, probably because the placement of the stripes usually means that they won't be on the cushions.
    I stripped the chair all the way down to the frame, painted it with white chalk paint, and topped it with matte clear sealer.  I added new webbing, cushions and the mangle cloth fabric and trimmed the chair with double welting that I made from the same mangle cloth.  This is the last project of the year that I will bring to the cabin.