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:
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.

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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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