WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 184 painting with chalk or latex paint, and sanding again "judiciously" to create the shabby-chic or "distressed" look, then applying wax to seal the paint. Logue, a former art teacher in Stoughton, has a degree from Mass College of Art in Boston and a background in oil and acrylic landscape painting, so she comes to refinishing with plenty of experience. Redding, who tends to downplay her artistic side and calls herself a "good mimic" does not have a background in art. In fact, she was a special education teacher when she met Logue in the 1970s. However, Logue is fast to correct Redding. "I think our creative, artistic flair is in synch," says Logue. Most of the skills both Logue and Redding use in their furniture business are self-taught, developed while designing, remodeling, and refinishing furniture in their own homes. Redding, who lives in Cranston, Rhode Island, says working with furniture has taught both of them that new furniture is often not as well made as pieces made 50 years ago. "First, with older furniture, it's the quality of the wood — it is wood not pressed board. Then it's the details — dove tailing, turned legs, and beveled mirrors." Both Logue and Redding are clear that they are working with older furniture, but usually not antiques, to make their shabby chic furniture. For one thing, antiques are much more valuable if you do not refinish them. And Search & Rescue Furniture offers items in a reasonable price range: from, for example, $15 for a shelf to $200 for a bureau. According to Brenda Kane of Narragansett, Rhode Island, "At Search & Rescue, their products are wonderful. With quality like this you expect high prices, but their furniture is so fair and reasonable." The process for what Logue says is "finding the beauty within each piece" is fairly lengthy. (See sidebar on page 186.) Essentially, it involves finding the right pieces of furniture, sanding or stripping each piece, "finding the beauty within each piece" artist profile Susan Logue and Candace Redding with some of their furniture

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