Friday, August 23, 2019

Oak Wash Stand with Alaskan Provenance

    First I cannot believe it's been so long since I have posted.  At the beginning of this season at the cabin we had hail on several days and of course the rain that came with it.  For a few weeks after that we had several weeks of hot sunny days.  That was good for bailing the hay we needed to get bailed, but it also kept me busy watching grand kids.  For most of this month, is has rained and been quite humid, which makes it difficult to finish furniture.  I have finally finished one of the oak pieces I have tried to get done for so long.  I stopped at a sale where a man had recently passed.  His sister from out of state had been tasked with settling his estate.  There really was not much at the sale, but when I saw this I new it was a wonderful piece, and a quick walk around enabled me to see that it had been stamped E.R. Peoples Fairbanks, AK.  I felt that any piece marked like this was interesting, and  I also realized this was a sold oak piece, no veneer.  The drawers looked good, but as a whole it was quite dirty and the finish was coming off.
I am always curious about the history of the pieces I buy.  E.R. Peoples and his friend built connected houses in 1909.  They were married to sisters and this was one of the first modern homes in Fairbanks.  Mr Peoples owned the E.R.Peoples General Merchandise store.  I do not know the date that the store opened, but chances are it was during the early days of the gold rush in Fairbanks, around 1902.  While I found references into the 20's of the store, the Peoples moved to Washington state by 1919.  They were friends of Judge Wikersham and I found references to them in his diary.
    I removed the old finish and cleaned the wash stand up.  I used an oil to restore the color to the wood, as it can look too light after sanding.  The downside is that you must wait long enough for the oil to be completely dry before adding shellac.  With her pretty serpentine shape and glowing new finish, I feel that she is a wonderful piece, that hasn't lost her original character.  I can only wonder who owned her and what adventures she saw.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Secretary Desk Make Over

    My daughter gave me this little desk a number of years ago.  The drop down shelf was warped and so I removed it.  I was selling milk paint the first, or second year the cabin was open and I gave this desk a shabby chic chippy look and used it to display the paint.  Fast forward to a month ago, and I decided I no longer needed the little desk and would repaint it and bring it to the Rescue Rehab cabin to sell.  It is a cute, functional piece from the 70's.  Until it sells I will use it to display different items.  I really like this Serenity Blue chalk paint color, from Rustoleum.   I painted the back and some other accents white.  This would be a great piece in a child's room, guest room, entry way, just about any room and it's fairly small size means that it would fit in easily.  It is at the cabin and ready for a new home.

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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