Monday, June 3, 2019

Changes at the Rescue Rehab cabin

    If you are local, and haven't been to the cabin this year, you may be in for a surprise.  There are quite a few changes.  I don't think I'm the only one, who has noticed....the world gets harsher, coarser, meaner more and more every year.  So, home should be a haven.  A softer place.  One where you should feel comfortable and comforted.  I love the mix of old and new things.  There is something cozy about having your home the way you want it.  A lot of people do not want to be burdened with large collections of things.  Some still enjoy collections.  You may not want an entire tea set.....but a teacup beside your kitchen sink for your scrubber serves a purpose and is pretty.  Succulents are very popular right now and fit in china pieces perfectly.  Silver plate is not hard to polish......Hot water, lemon juice, baking soda and tin foil in a basin will get rid of most of the tarnish.  I really don't mind a bit of tarnish, it gives the item some character.  Use the silver plate to hold flowers(real or not), or plants.  If you have serving pieces, use them...your family and guests will feel special. 
    I love funky junk, rust, old tools, repurposed items...on and on.  I've tried to create vignettes at the cabin to inspire......This is how the cabin looks this year.

If you are local, or visiting, I hope you get a chance to visit the Highway's End Farmer's Market.....we have something for everyone!!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Still here!!!

I cannot believe it has been so long since I posted!  I have done quite a few projects.  Most of the time I have been working toward the opening of the cabin at the Farmer's Market.  I have made a lot of repurposed china and glass projects and some painted furniture and projects.  I was also busy selling on Etsy and Ebay.  I need to totally refresh my Etsy shop, but I will have to do that when I have a chance to photograph things. 
    I painted this cute desk for a customer
Painted this chalkboard window(sold), and table under it for the cabin.  Painted this cute typing table.
Vinyled all the things......

Finished pillows my daughter started
Cut soap and cured it
Repurposed lamps, glassware and china

And finally, readied the cabin for the summer
Looking forward to summer at the cabin!!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Home Sweet Home

This little table has been around Rescue Rehab home base for several years.  I cannot remember where it came from or anything about it.  One of my kids grabbed it early on and asked if they could paint it and use it in their room.  They also grabbed a jar of thick, yellow homemade chalk paint and applied it a little too generously, complete with a few drips.  I decided to give the table a makeover, but honestly, that paint was stuck on like concrete.  When I was growing up I had an old dresser that had many coats of thick white paint.  I loved the look of that, and would love to have that in my home now, I have no idea what happened to it.  I decided this little table would be cute with a similar look.  I mixed up a unique color by combining an olive colored chalk paint with an aqua.  I purposely stirred but didn't totally blend the two colors.  In person you can see some blue running through the green.  I added a transfer and it has a distressed look to it.  I lightly distressed some areas on the table, so that the original yellow peaks through, then top coated it with poly.  It is a nice sturdy little table, with a time worn look.  The dimensions are:  about 12 1/2 in back to front, about 22in across the front, and about 20-21 in tall.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Writing Desk Update

I forgot to get a before picture....are you surprised?  Lol, seems to be a mistake I make frequently.  This is probably from the 70's.  It was made in Thailand.  It is all wood and really nicely made.  It has been exposed to varying temperatures and humidity, though and that has cause some imperfections.  Still, it is cute and was an excellent candidate for a make-over.  On the front there are two figures that are connected to slides that come out as the drop-down front is opened.  I put some felt pads, where the top rests, to reduce damage from friction.  After I painted the  outside, I used hand rubbed wax, but the wax seemed yellow it, so after re-sanding I painted and did not add any top coat.  I am sure that poly would have pulled out old stains also, but just chalk paint didn't seem to cause any yellowing.  Inside I removed some of the dividers, but found later, when putting them and the drawers back in that they have swollen and were difficult to replace. Sometimes that is what happens with an older piece.  I did add poly to the inside to protect the surface in case it is actually used as a writing desk.  I am happy with how this piece has turned out and look forward to delivering it to its owner.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Deceptive Beauty

 When I first saw this pretty vanity for sale I was intrigued by the interesting grain of the wood.  I had a hunch, but would not be able to confirm it until I had picked it up.  The grain of the wood looked quite unique and beautiful, but I knew from estimating the age from the picture, that there would be more to the story.  Once I picked it up,  I was able to confirm my suspicion that it was actually done with a faux graining technique.  At the factory, a crafts person would have hand painted, or possibly used some type of stencil to recreate the look of exotic woods on this piece.  The striping would have been used to simulate zebra wood, or zebrano.  The other graining, I believe is meant to simulate rosewood.  This vanity is likely from the 1920's-30's.  It had wooden wheels, but most of them were broken, so they were easily removed.
    I worked carefully on preserving the faux grain on the drawer fronts and aprons.  Without it I don't think the vanity would be nearly as charming.  While most of the vanity was sanded,  I used a product on the faux grained areas, that preserved the look of the grain without changing it much.  With these pieces, especially one with such an interesting history like this one, I do not try to make it look new.  My goal is to preserve it without completely changing it.  Protect it without destroying the original look.
    As delivery on the piece neared, I needed to put the mirror on, to take pictures, and to test whether it would be stable.  As I feared the original brackets were long past usable.  The screw holes were wowed out, with no good way to fix them.  I had no bracket that I thought would work, and the originals were incredibly short for such a tall mirror.  I had these drawer rails in my stash and I hoped they would work as brackets.  They did and they are far more stable than the original probably ever were.
    Ready for delivery tomorrow to someone who bought it for herself for Christmas!!
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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Updated French Provincial Nightstands

This pair of nightstands are finally done and ready for a new home.  I have teenagers that have activities and between running them to town and fighting with the heavy white paint job these had, they have taken me a bit longer to finish than I planned.
    These all wood nightstands, were supposed to be Broyhill, but the tags were so faded I could not read them.  I am sure they were originally unpainted, but had been painted at least a couple of times in their life.  They are probably from the '60's.  Luckily they did not have plastic legs, which I have found on some French Provincial pieces. 
   I decided to paint them with a chalk paint in a color named Patina.  I just love this color, it does remind me of Tiffany blue.  I feel like the silver gives them a bit of an upscale look.
    They have a hand-rubbed wax finish on the bodies and a matte sealer on the top for added protection.  They each are 22 inches across the front, 17 1/2 front to back, and 27 inches high.  There are a few small cosmetic imperfections, but they are sound and sturdy.  One of the points on the top embellishments of the one on the right was knocked off by an out of control sander(sigh....), but I was able to make a foil mold, use a glue gun to make a replacement, and glue it on.  It is not perfect but it did work as a reasonable repair. 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sewing Machine Table and Season Wrap Up

Wow, I cannot believe it has been so long since I posted!!  I have been so busy.  The last day at the cabin was September 8th.  After that I needed to empty it and get it ready for the winter.  I have rented it again for next summer.  Someone sent me this lovely picture of the cabin right after closing, but before it was completely buttoned up for the year.....I love it!
    One of the best things that happened this summer, was my first ever purchase of a vehicle on my own!  Savannah(not a van, lol) will be a part of my summers at the Rescue Rehab cabin, hopefully, once  her issues are addressed and will be used for displaying items and just for a fun hangout.  I have wanted a VW bus for a LONG time, and I am so happy to have her.

    I did several large picks this summer, besides the huge connex filled with items from Ohio.  I will be selling on ebay throughout the off-season months.  If you are local you can always pick things up from me instead of having them shipped.  My ebay seller name is megkellydolls.
    If you have furniture that needs the Rescue Rehab beauty treatment, now is the time to contact me.  I have so much more time through the winter months for custom work.  I am working on a pair of tables now, that have not been claimed yet, so they will be for sale soon.
    I had a project that was nagging at me to get done.  I had a nice set of sewing machine legs from an old, larger leather sewing Singer.  The machine itself is bound up.  At some point I will clean it up and sell it for a display piece.  The legs had a bit wider stance than a standard machine.  We had a wooden island that we had for several years, and when it became a little wobbly, husband took the butcher block top off and my kids used it when they were doing some glass bead making, so it had a few burned spots on it.  The other side, though, was quite beautiful still and it was just the right length to go on top of the machine legs.  The legs needed sanding and wire brushing to remove rust, then they were painted and the gold accents were repainted.
Once the top was cleaned, sanded and flipped, I used countersunk bolts to attach the it to the legs.
I used my favorite mahogany stain and the table was ready for a new owner.  It will be at the Midway Lodge, so stop in and take a look!
I have a hard time balancing all the day I was feeling guilty about my mess, but felt better when I saw this:
Last but not least, I took a trip down the road to to check out the great stuff Kelly brought back from his latest trip to the Midwest.  I grew up in Indiana, so I always have to go see what he has brought back.  I picked up some tins for a friend and bought a few things for myself too.

I got a couple of bonus items too, the sticker will be the first of many that will go on Savannah, thank you friend!!!
     Now I feel like I am all caught up!

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