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:
http://www.rescuesrehab.com/2017/09/farmhouse-sign.html
and see my second sign here:
 http://www.rescuesrehab.com/2017/10/sign-2.html

    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 http://www.rescuesrehab.com/2017/09/farmhouse-sign.html
 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.

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 https://www.facebook.com/akpicker/ 
    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

Frenchie!

    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.
https://mythriftstoreaddiction.blogspot.com/2017/08/vintage-charm-party-98.html#more
http://thecottagemarket.com/2017/09/morning-cup-joe-47.html
https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/talk-of-the-town-88/
http://theessenceofhome.blogspot.com/2017/09/share-your-style-party-134.html#more

Monday, August 28, 2017

Nightstand makeover

   A while back I painted a bed frame for a customer.  I used Americana Decor chalk paint in a gray color.  We were both pretty happy with the way it turned out.  When she found a nightstand that she liked, she asked me to paint it to match.  The little nightstand was painted brown, but as I removed that paint, I found that the piece was one of those gold and white french provincial style pieces.  Wow, there are so many of these still floating around!  This one had the dreaded plastic legs.  Actually, they aren't bad to paint, you just don't want to use stripper on them because it causes pitting.
    I almost forgot to take a before picture.  Since this is not the most flattering picture, forgetting it probably would have been ok....
    I painted the pretty handle white for a nice contrast.  Now this little piece matches the bed in my customer's guest room.
http://knickoftime.net/2017/09/talk-town-89.html
http://theessenceofhome.blogspot.com/2017/09/share-your-style-party-136.html#more
http://thecottagemarket.com/2017/10/morning-cup-joe-linky-party-3.html

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Quick project

    I love these nice wooden trays.  They are so plain, but are so much fun to give a make
over.
    I painted the tray with white chalk paint and then used an image from The Graphics Fairy.  I have used polyacrylic a couple of times to transfer an image and it has worked really well.  After spraying with a sealer it is done, and at the cabin
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Drexel Mid-Century Makeover

    This mid-century modern dresser had been in storage for a very long time.  These legs may not be original, but they fit perfectly.  This dresser has a really low profile, which means that it would be a great piece for a child's room, where tall dressers are sometimes dangerous and present a climbing hazard.  It would also be a good piece in a living room, or family room, as an entertainment center.

Not sure what I was thinking with this before shot....sigh...  One drawer was beyond repair.  I kept the bottom from it and it can slide out so could be used for a dvd player.  I wanted to give it a look that would coordinate with its military, campaign style, so chose this very dark blue and then gold for the feet and handles.  I added some cute shelf paper with anchors to complete the look.  The dimensions of this piece are 27 in tall, 54 long and 19 wide.



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Keeper

    I acquired this hutch for $50, right after we tore out some of our cupboards, and luckily for me it fit the space and had lots of storage room!  It is massive, all solid wood with no veneer.  I am so glad it has wheels, it is very heavy.
    BP Bond was a German immigrant, born in 1874, who moved with his family to America as a young boy.  As a teenager, he  began working at another furniture company  but eventually came to own his own company which was very successful.
  The style of this piece would be called Colonial Revival, with its railings and spoon holders.  It was manufactured in 1964.  Not an antique by any means, but it is really a great piece of furniture.  I updated it with paint, left off the small doors and did a bit of stenciling and transferred a rose on one door.  I think the
update was just right for this piece!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mahogany bar, Entry piece, Small buffet....You decide!

    I love this piece!  I love mahogany anyway, but I think it is stunning.  I bought it from a friend a while back.  I'm pretty sure it is another military mahogany piece that came from one of the nearby bases.  Sturdy and beautiful, these stand the test of time and I almost always prefer to refinish these beauties instead of painting them.

    I was especially happy to find out this had rubber wheels and rolls easily from place to place.  I think the original shelves were replaced with plywood, so I lightly sanded and refinished them also.  I usually use red mahogany, but this time used Minwax Bombay Mahogany Polyshades.  It is really dark, and I think it really has an elegant look.  On top of that I used a fast drying poly for protection.  I am really happy with the way this turned out.  It will
be headed to the cabin tomorrow!


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beautiful Buffet


   If you have ever read this blog then you probably have the impression that I love Mid-Century Mahogany furniture, and you would be spot on.  It is so pretty and elegant.  It can always be given a modern twist with accessories and I think the pieces are far more beautiful when they have not been painted.  In order to paint it properly, there are also extra steps that need to be taken so unless I am doing  custom work, refinishing is always my choice for mahogany.
    This buffet had some damage and was in need
a good cleaning.
    After the buffet was cleaned and sanded, I applied Minwax Polyshades.
I used several coats of Minwax fast drying Polyurathane for extra protection.
The handles needed some cleaning up also but I try not to remove all of the patina.  I am really not interested in making these pieces look new.  I want them to look good, but not erase their history. 
    This beauty is on hold and pending
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blue and white bench

   Ok another before picture fail.  But can we talk...microfiber?  How about beige microfiber?  Honestly, I really don't like the stuff.  I don't like the way it feels, spots and collects hair...eeek.  This bench was well made and just needed an update.  I love the combo of the white and blue fabric with the european feedsack fabric❤
   
    Of course all re-upholstery, or what I refer to as "expensive wrestling matches" with large pieces of furniture, begin with the requisite removal of about 3 billion staples.  I also removed the legs, sanded, chalk painted and waxed them.  All of the padding and foam was in great shape and re-usable.  The frame was nice sturdy wood.  I used the pretty blue and white fabric on the arms and apron.  I backed the fabric on the arms with a heavier canvas type material for re-enforcement.  The feed sack fabric is 60-100 year old european handwoven fabric.  I love the look and feel of this!  One of the challenges on this piece getting the fabric folded nicely on the arms.  I covered button blanks with the blue and white fabric and sewed them on with waxed upholstery thread.  I wish I had done a couple of things differently, but over all I am happy with it.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Piece I almost passed up

    I did not get any before pictures of this nice piece...again.  I nearly passed it by.  Usually pieces that are similar to this are not made of wood and not very well made.  This is nicer, made of wood and quite a bit heavier than I expected.  The finish was a bit worn and the knob was a dated white floral porcelain knob.  I wanted to give this a more stately,  distinguished look.  The finish was freshened up with Minwax Polyshades in my favorite mahogany of course!  Two coats of a top coat for protection and a new knob and this piece is ready for a new home.  This could be used as a telephone stand, an entry way piece, with a lamp and a basket for your keys, or a table to hold a special statue, or even your silver tea set!  This will be at the cabin tomorrow!
http://adirondackgirlatheart.com/2017/06/vintage-charm-86.html
http://theessenceofhome.blogspot.com/2017/08/share-your-style-party-133.html#more

Friday, May 26, 2017

New Look for a Rocking Chair

    As the summer gets busier I seem to get worse at taking before pictures.  This is a platform rocker, some people call it a cricket rocker.  It was most likely made by a company in Indiana, named Tell City Chair Company.  The company went through a couple of name and location changes, but remained in the same area which was actually named after the company eventually.  It closed its doors in 2011, after 147 years.  This particular type of chair was made from the 1940's to the 70's.  Many people remember having them in their homes, but the fabrics and colors used would not be popular these days.
    This chair had been painted green, while its original state would have been a clear finish over the maple wood.  I wanted a brighter finish, so after stripping, painted it white with a matte finish over it.  I covered new cushions with this handwoven European grain sack fabric.  It is an oatmeal like color with two aubergine stripes.  I am fascinated by these fabrics, which are between 60-100 years old.
    Before the skirt

    After

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Monday, May 15, 2017

French Provincial For a Princess

    When I am this quiet on the blog, you can count on the fact that I am super busy!  My cabin at the Farmer's Market opens on Wednesday.  I have a lot done, but will be there tomorrow finishing everything up.  I replaced the too large front counter with a display case that fits the space better, will allow for a display area for special items, and still have essential storage space.  Now, on to this cute set that will be at the cabin on opening day.
     This desk is typical 1950's-60's French Provincial, that had an original color scheme of gold and white.  As with all of the pieces of this era that I have worked on, it is not all wood, so it takes more than usual prep time, to get a lasting finish.  Someone had painted it black.....so I had that to deal with also.  I forgot to get a picture...but I can testify...it was bad.  I chose to paint this in Blush Pink and Linen White from Rustoleum Chalked Paint.  Cute butterfly stencils decorate the top.  The chair is an ice cream parlor type painted in Linen White.  Both pieces were sealed with Rustoleum Matte Finish.
The seat has been reupholstered in a canvas type material and stenciled with rosebuds and roses.  If you are in the area the Market will open Wednesday, May 17th from 10-5.
 

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Waterfall Night Stand

I was contacted and asked if I could repair this piece.  Once I had a chance to look it over, I realized that it actually had once been one side of a vanity.  Its pealing veneer and a one inch square hole on one of the sides was a give away.  The veneer is quite a bit worse than the picture shows.  Some was very brittle, some was barely hanging on, and some was covered in glue.
    The before pictures were taken by the owner.  The after pictures were taken here and show my constant struggle with lighting.  This piece has not turned red despite my picture!  I cleaned the piece and sanded where I would need to adhere veneer and patch.  I had hoped to find veneer that was a close match to what was already on this and was not successful.  I used what was usable on the piece, took some from my stash, and patched other places.  I reglued what was usable back onto the piece, then soaked the veneer I would add to make it pliable.  Next step was to glue it on and weight it.
When all pieces were dry I sanded and filled in the gaps with plastic wood.  There were a lot of gaps!  There was also the hole to fill.  Since the plastic wood is white, I used small amounts of brown paint and stain to try to blend the areas of repair.  A couple of coats of Polyshades followed.


Lots of glare in this picture.
    I hope the owner will be happy....I am happy that this piece is now usable!
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Barley Twist and Hand woven European Grainsack Chair

   Any time an antique piece of furniture is painted there are many naysayers who are horrified.  I believe this chair is from the turn of the century.  It does have screws in the braces underneath but I do not think they are original to the chair.  Everywhere else the chair has pegs holding it together.  This originally had a caned seat and back.  This is where we get into whether to try to restore a piece or would it be acceptable to change it.  This is the condition of the caning and finish.



  
    Hours and hours of stripping and sanding revealed a still uneven tone to the wood and very deep grain.  I would have preferred to restore this piece but it was just not possible to do so and also have a chair that most people would want in their home.  I have seen some people with strong negative reactions to antiques.  They had a relative that had a houseful, and many times the furniture was dark, dirty, and untouched for fear that it would damage the value.  I found refinishing addressed with reactions from some of the experts from Antique Roadshow http://www.refinishwizard.com/refinishing_antiques.html
To be honest it does not cover painting the piece.  Most of us, though, will never encounter a craftsman made piece that is several hundred years old.  The question is whether to let a very nice piece of furniture continue to rot away in a barn, or whether to turn it into something someone would want.  This chair was painted with Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen.  I replaced the cane with upholstery webbing, and foam.  I wanted this to be a statement type piece.  I used handwoven linen European grain sack fabric, 60 to 100 years old upholster it with.   I made double welted piping to trim the seat but used a different type of trim for the seat back, because the double welt was too bulky.  I feel like this lovely old Barley Twist chair has a crisp, clean, pretty new look.

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