Thursday, March 23, 2017

Falling in Love with Ironstone (again)

This post has a bit of Coral, a bit of Art Deco and mostly a nice piece of Ironstone, all recent Estate Sale finds except for a small sauce boat with attached base my Sister gave me at her Daughter's wedding last June and the platter/jug from the thrift store.

Branch coral has very little to do with the ironstone except for its lovely white colour.

The small white lidded sauce dish attached to a base fits in with the smalls on my Welsh Dresser.

After finding this gravy boat with attached saucer I fell in love again with crazed and age stained white ironstone.

Gravy with attached under plate from P. Regout and Co., Maastricht. The crocheted table runners were found at the same estate sale. Most of the photo's were taken in my small portable lightbox.

Gravy handle from above has a look of a gingerbread man or Stay Puff marshmallow man (remember that movie?) when looking from above to the tab on the handle.

Maastricht Gravy and Underplate, both sides

Closeup of stamp under the gravy boat with attached underplate

I couldn't find any examples on-line showing this style of gravy with attached under plate so, in case others are searching, I am posting the Peter Regouts and Co. Maastricht mark on this gravy and under plate.

The dish and under plate are from the Faience Factory of Petrus (Peter) Regout and Co. of Maastricht Ceramics Company. 

Thrift store finds, I think the platter is ironstone, it has USA impressed on the back and has some sturdy weight. The stoneware pitcher just appealed to me, good weight, very smooth satin glaze.

There are a few Pinterest, (one is different mark) boards that have a sampling of this pattern of antique white dishes. Searching on Pinterest did bring up several examples of similar ironstone.

Although I love vintage ironstone the gravy and under plate are not going to be part of my collection so into my booth it went.

Note: (not this gravy and under plate) the famous Dutch glass and pottery company P. Regout and Co., located in Maastricht, Netherlands was in business from 1834-1969. 

The Art Deco frame below was found at the same Estate Sale and a thank you to Graphics Fairy I added a printed sprig of lavender.

This has been a good season for finding interesting collectibles at Estate Sales in the countryside across the river.

Flashback photo from May 19, 2012. Ironstone jug pattern is Nancy.

Below is this weeks 'mystery item' which will be in my next post.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Furniture Fix #2 - Low Dresser Made Useful

Project: bring the top of the dresser back, remove paint speckles from shellac finish and wipe down dresser with Restor a Finish, replace drawer stops.

Below is the finished top of the dresser with a small very vintage individual tea ball/infuser.

3 drawer low dresser became redundant in our home and needed to leave but not before it was made beautiful again.

Time: spread over a couple of weeks, about 5 hours actual working time. Cost: used materials on hand.

Useful piece of furniture - good for a flat screen television base, a base for a sink in a bathroom, a low dresser in a bedroom or mud room... I think it originally might have had a tall mirror attached and could have been a wash stand/dresser, just a guess.

The beginning of the 'refreshing' the dresser was to fix the top issues. The original shellac finish on the top was beyond fixing so we used Methyl Hydrate, fine steel wool and folded cloth pads, muscle and time (and paper towels) to remove the finish.

Top cleaned and bare, I liked that look but decided to try to match the dark brown to the drawer/frame section.

3 coats of Minwax 360 Tudor, rubbed light fine steel wool as needed between dried layers. The final finish was not as dark as I thought it would be. Picture below shows the final finish before it dried.

While the Minwax dried I removing the speckles of white and silver paint on the drawer fronts and frame using a thin bladed knife, popping off any paint that would and then carefully chipped out the remainders.

Below, a view inside the dresser and of one end plus a closeup of the wooden wheel, nice to have the original wheels still attached and in good shape, no cracks in the legs. 

I wiped the entire frame and drawers with Restor a Finish, lots of spider webs and dried out bugs gone, colour evened out.

Getting closer to being finished, added drawer stops.

Brushed on ASCP Dark Wax to the dresser top, let it dry for a few hours and cloth polished off. Learned that dark wax takes a LOT of polishing. Fixed 2 more stops for the lower drawer.

Finished. Evening photo below showing the colour more accurately. In brighter light it does look lighter.

Before and After

I looked around Pinterest and saw many lovely painted dressers of similar look used for a bathroom sink, laundry storage and folding surface, kitchen and living room furniture. All lovely, all unique.

A few pieces of silver plate displayed on the dresser top, Estate Sale finds. Cleaned with the alum. foil, baking soda, vinegar and boiling water in a ceramic pan and then hand polished and used a bit of silver cleaner on the tough spots.

Taking dresser to my booth.
Second upcycled furniture project of 2017.

I decided to add a flashback photo on (some) posts so my first flashback is from March 16, 2011 - Pink Tulips from the garden (this year the tulip leaves are up, no flowers yet).

Any products shown or written about were because I used them for my project, no other reason.

Next post peek, hint below. Picture reminds me of a gingerbread boy or maybe a giant marshmallow man (Ghost Busters memory).

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Furniture Fix # 1 - Chippy Table Frame + Pine Top

Project: Adding a table top to a Vintage Chippy Frame/legs

This was a long time to finish project.

Added a Dick and Jane Friends and Neighbours reader, Paddy the Beaver, a mid-century English Sadler 2 cup size teapot and a bib apron to the tablescape, a definite mixture of vintage. The table colour looks more green than pale grey in this photo, scroll down to the next picture for a more accurate colour.

The booth next to mine, Autumn Rose, sells wonderful vintage aprons and the (double lined) apron with just a touch of pale lilac made the dress form look prettier).

Added a Summer sign (dreaming of) and shells for another view of the tabletop finish.

The table frame and legs with flaking green under pink paint was stacked in the shed for about 3 years. 

Finally brought it into the house where it shed a lot of flakes on the carpet. Eventually found and added two coats of Fusion Tough Coat Sealer from Fusion Mineral Paint, which left the flakey look and kept the chippy paint chips on the legs and frame.

Frame sat for several months in the living room covered with a couple of boards and a towel.  

Below - Tough Coat and the grey Milk Paint powder

This is a view of the table when the Tough Coat sealer was applied/drying. It was resting on the pine top DH made for the cabinet in the kitchen.

Previously DH had glued/clamped/planed/routed the edges of 3 lengths of pine board together to make a cabinet top.

Then he found a great piece of wooden countertop at a garage sale and the piece of glued up pine was available for the table top project.

You see this wooden countertop view (below) in so many of my photo's.

Table frame had a few more months to wait but now it was covered by the pine ex-counter top piece and used as a project base, as a place to pile stuff, the usual uses for a flat surface. Always handy to have another surface available.

DH decided that the prepared pine top would work for the table top (with some changes). In late August (when I wasn't home to take pictures) he cut a piece off the large board and made one drop leaf, used some seriously old hinges (from our junk box) plus added a table drop-leaf support and stopper (small wooden piece attached under drop-leaf). I sealed (painted) the underneath the tabletop with a wash of light blue chalk paint.

DH's decision to add one drop leaf was based on an antique Bakers table with turned legs and one drop leaf, with a pine top, probably has old milk paint with the colour made from ox blood. This was his Mom's and it was very old when she bought it. Love the hinge and the age of the wood.

Back to the replacement table top project.

The table top was attached to the frame with metal brackets (see arrow). The word Schellley was written on the frame when it originally arrived and I left it alone.

I did experiment trying to match the colour of the legs and got fairly close.

Here is what I did to match the colour of the frame/legs to a pine board.

First tried pink and red chalk like paint thinned 1 paint to 2 water. Mixed, tested on a pine board (that had the grey chalk paint underpainting). This was not the right colour.

Next mixed pink and orange chalk like paint, 1:2 water, foam brushed onto the grey stained piece of pine board. Dried. Used clear then dark wax and wiped/polished when dry. The colour match was fairly good.

After looking at the colours against the table legs for several days the pinkish-orangish colour was just too intense for a current kitchen table top. 

Eventually I used the milk paint powder (grey) that I had picked up from a garage sale years and years ago. I mixed it 1 tsp power to 3 Tsp of cool water and stirred until smooth. That was my wash. 

Applied two coats of wash on the table top and all edges using a foam brush. Then the table sat, covered with a towel, used for projects or loaded with thrifted finds for another couple of months.

This March I finally decided that the light grey wash would be the table top colour and sealed the top with 3 coats of Minwax Satin Finish 360 Tudor, sanded very lightly before and after each coat. Enough was enough and I was finished with the small table.

It will be going over to my booth.

First upcycled furniture project of 2017.

Any products shown or written about were because I used them for my project, no other reason.

Another furniture fix coming soon. Hint below.

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