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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Currently, Search & Rescue Furniture sells its goods at Vintage Thymes at WinSmith Mill Market in Norwood. Similar to their origi- nal pop-up sales in Rhode Island, Vintage Thymes is a three-day, once- a-month market held the second weekend of every month. It features over 20 different dealers selling vintage collectibles, antiques, recycled furniture, and home accessories. Each month has a different theme. For example March was "Weekend in Paris." The challenging thing about this market is that each month, Logue and Redding have to come up with completely different furniture to showcase because many of the same customers shop these sales. They have a warehouse 186 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 artist profile "environmentally-friendly furniture" Step-by-Step Process to Create Shabby Chic Furniture 1. CHOOSE ITEM OF FURNITURE to be painted and assess the level of repairs needed. 2. ASSEMBLE A WIDE VARIETY OF NECESSARY SUPPLIES, like paint, sandpaper, and brushes. 3. PREPARE WORKSPACE. Working at room temperature indoors allows better temperature control and less chance of insects or dust landing on piece while paint is drying. 4. CLEAN FURNITURE PIECE with mild soap and water, make necessary repairs, and prep item; for example, remove hardware and take out shelves and drawers. 5. SAND ROUGH SURFACES, getting rid of chipped paint, or old, flaky finishes, and filled scratches and holes; minimal sanding is needed if using chalk paint, even if piece is stained and varnished. Start with coarse sandpaper and progress to finer grit sandpaper as surface is prepped. 6. LIGHTLY WASH PIECE one more time with warm soapy water, allowing the piece to dry before applying the first coat of paint. Lightly sand the entire piece with fine grit sandpaper. 7. USE TACK CLOTH to remove all evidence of sanding. 8. PAINT PIECE with water base primer to seal dark wood finishes or previous- ly-painted furniture to prepare for painting. If using chalk paint, or if you wish to have wood surface show through paint, priming is not always necessary. 9. APPLY FIRST COAT of chalk or latex paint, slowly working section by section. Depending on finish, several coats of latex paint may be needed after priming. Lightly sand piece and use tack cloth between coats. 10. PAINT FINISH COAT. Let latex paint dry overnight (chalk paint takes less time to "cure" and is sometimes ready in under an hour). 11. APPLY SECOND COAT of latex or chalk paint. Two coats are usually enough for most furniture; dark finishes may require a third coat. Sand judiciously to cre- ate a shabby chic look. Use a medium-grit sandpaper to "distress" surfaces at edges, corners of tables, wooden knobs on drawers, and turned details around legs and spindles of chairs and tables, wherever natural wear might occur. 12. DUST OFF SANDING with a brush or damp cloth before applying clear or dark wax. 13. APPLY WAX to seal the paint. Use a soft cloth or brush to apply wax one section at a time; let dry for several hours or overnight and buff to a soft shine. For a soft finish, leave as is, but if a glossier finish is desired, use a clean, soft cloth and buff to bring out the shine. 14. INSTALL new or original hardware. 15. SIT BACK and admire the refurbished piece!

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