Wednesday, May 25, 2016

China cabinet

    This china cabinet came from the estate sale of an elderly acquaintance.  I got there a bit early and I was in grab and go mode, which means I didn't really have a lot of time to look things over.  This piece really perplexes me but I have come to the conclusion that it had to be home made.  It seems to be made of several types of wood and different types of hardware, some of which seems to have been replaced a time or two.  No maker's mark at all.  The oddest thing is on the inside of the doors, rather than have matching pieces of wood, there appears to be wood putty formed to match and re-enforce the front pieces.  That would have been fine, except for the fact that it was a non-hardening putty and was soft and slightly sticky.  Fortunately the chalk paint that I used took care of that.  The wood did not have a pretty grain so I didn't have any second thoughts about painting it. I have a display piece in the cabin and people have loved the color, so I used the same green on this, with white to give it a very chippy shabby look.  It is a little darker than the pictures here show.  One of the side windows was broken and before I started to paint it, it got knocked over and the other window broke.  After trying a few different solutions I decided it looked best just leaving it as is with no windows on the sides.  The last reason that I think this may have been home made is that it is very front heavy.  It really needs some weight in the back or to be anchored to a wall for safety.  It is a cute piece and I especially like the fretwork on the door.  It will be at the cabin on Saturday.  I remembered to get a before picture when it was laying down.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Potato bin to planter

    So, apparently another before photo fail, I could have sworn I took one!  I got quite a few things at an estate sale a few weeks ago.  This had "taters and onions" painted on it and was probably from the 70's.    The top and lid were so tight that it didn't shut properly so I removed it.  I painted it in many layers of thick white chalk paint.  I got this sweet graphic from and transferred it to the wood.  A couple of coats of poly and it is headed to the cabin at the market.  I plan to add a tray and a couple of plants to the top.

Friday, May 20, 2016

French country stool

    I forgot to get a before picture...are you surprised??  Anyway, this was a sweet little stool that was very plain.  I got this great graphic from  I love it.  I transferred it onto the stool with mod podge.  The green paint, is left over from my daughter's dining set is the perfect vintage green shade.  I used white paint over it, dry-brushed to give the stool an aged look and used poly for a longer lasting finish.  It has a sweet french country look.   This will be available at the cabin tomorrow!
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Rescue Rehab cabin

    The cabin is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10-5.  I love being able to have visitors and share my love of things from the past.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Terri Lee at the Rescue Rehab cabin!!!

    Do you know this gorgeous girl???   This is a vintage Terri Lee doll, an American made doll, with this particular one made from 1950-1961.  That places her age somewhere between 55 and 66 years old!  Quite a beauty for that age.   Her wig could stand to be replaced and she is missing a bit of paint on one eyebrow and a small amount on her upper lip.  These could be easily fixed and I know a local artist willing to fix her paint, and I would be happy to give her name .  Other than that the doll is in very good condition with no splits on her seams.  I have spent countless hours cleaning and pressing clothing  and researching this wonderful doll.  She has a fabulous wardrobe with many tagged or original items.  There are booklets from 1955-56, hair kit, sunglasses and  more.....even roller skates with tiny bells!  I will have an itemized price list at the cabin, but this doll and all of her items will be sold together.  Please come in and take a look.  This would be a wonderful gift for someone.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016


    Ladders are great decorator pieces. These two will be at the cabin on opening day.  Cleaned, sanded(although I can't be sure I got every splinter....) tightened and painted shabby chic style they will be ready for displaying your quilts or whatever you choose.  I really love the one piece, notice the hardware....  I have one more one piece and another two piece.  If you are interested in a ladder painted with a particular color, let me know.  Opening day is May 14th!

Saturday, May 7, 2016


    If you know me, you know that even though I like to re-purpose things, you also know that if I can restore something I would prefer to do that.  When I bought this sewing machine it was all in a box.  All the pieces were supposed to be there, but unfortunately they weren't.  I made a table from the wonderful legs.  I like that the frame was still there for these drawers.  I cleaned and waxed the set that had the nicest finish and painted the other set in shabby chic style.  They are great display pieces!  This treadle machine is the model 28 Singer Sphinx....such a great graphic!  These will be available at the cabin next weekend!
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Mining box re-do

    I always buy any kind of box, crate or trunk that I come across.  They are fun to re-purpose and so useful.  It's even better if they come with a story!  This was used in gold mining.  There was a wooden tray with a grate that set down inside of this box for sifting.  That was turned into a fun tray with a Farmer's Market stencil.  I wanted to try a transfer using our new printer, so I went to to find one.  I settled on this graphic, which I reversed and applied.  I had some problems with the transfer, so I left some of the paper on and applied some poly over it.  I also used some maple gel stain to give it a nice patina.  You could use it in so many different ways.  Here I filled it with some bright yellow artificial flowers.  It will be at the cabin on opening day!
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Military Trunk

    I picked up this great old military trunk or foot locker at a sale last fall.  I didn't take a lot of time to look it over.  I could tell it was in good shape and snapped it up.  It was in my greenhouse waiting for me to work on it for several months.  When I opened it, I was so happy to see that the tray was inside and was in excellent condition!
    I am not sure, but if I were to guess I would say it was from the time of the Korean War or WW II era, based on the fact that it has its original handles that are wooden.  I would have loved to find a soldier's name or the name of a company that had made it, but I didn't find either.  I did not want to paint it and hide its history.  I scraped off a lot of the non-original paint, trying hard not to scrape off the military green.  After a good scrubbing I rubbed it down with Howard's Wax and it has a great patina with the two tones of green and the natural wood darkened by the wax.  It would be a great coffee table and the tray could sit on the top to hold drinks, etc.  This is a great piece and will be at the cabin on opening day!
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wine Barrel Table is done!

    I posted a sneak peek picture of this table on my Facebook page a while back.  I needed to do a little tweaking before it was done and I am picking up a nicer piece of glass for it next week before it heads to the cabin for opening day.  I really like this one!  First of all, a little wine barrel info.  Did you know they are used for wine for 2-6 years?  When they have exhausted the flavor that they impart to wine, they are sold as planters.  I always wondered if they were really used for wine.  I added nice steel and rubber wheels, stained the inside and outside, then added some Spanish Moss and a couple pf older, found,  moose antler sheds.  The top is from an older military mahogany table whose legs were in really bad condition.  I cut a hole in the top, added tabs to hold the glass and then added felt all the way around the edge.  To add lighting so the interior could be highlighted, I screwed in cup hooks and ran a string of lights around the underside of the top.  The display inside comes with the table, but the new owner could certainly add more Alaskan treasures to it.  Opening day at the Farmer's Market is May 14th, mark your calendars!  Shared at

Monday, May 2, 2016

Vintage stools headed to the cabin

    Opening day at Rescue Rehab's summer home at the Farmer's Market is less than 2 weeks away!  That means that every day I am sorting, cleaning, painting, pricing and building!  The cabin has a new look and when it is ready I will post pictures.  It looks much more like a small store now and it should be packed full.  These little stools will be there and ready for a new home.  The small one had sweet vintage graphics, but they were too faded so cleaning, sanding and painting were in order.  The larger stool looks like it was hand made, and is put together with pegs at each side.  It was cleaned, sanded and waxed to give it a smooth finish.  The similarities in color are totally coincidental.  I look out for stools when I am hunting for treasures because they are so useful and I almost never come across them.
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