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.