The Cottage at Rooster Ridge has a small kitchen area and our intent was to create a working kitchen without the use of any built-in cabinetry—as used in current day. The dish wear is stored in a Pine American Folk Art Cabinet and the retro white farm sink was placed into an existing Re-Purposed English Pine Sideboard—more about those another time!
And, the center island was fashioned from a Vintage Industrial Work Table.
The original industrial green which was only minimally visible along the edge of the steel top was left intact as an excellent and unusual accent color to our plan of painting the legs a distilled barn red.
Enter elbow grease and stubborn tenacity (Steven) and an equally stubborn vision. (Jeri)
Quickly the base legs were painted as the imminent danger of RUST hovered nearby! The quandary we discovered ourselves in was what to do with the top surface. We wanted this Vintage Industrial Work Table to become a functional addition to the kitchen as well as a style statement. Research led us (Steven) to a two-part epoxy resin as the solution. The epoxy resin would seal the steel top—preventing the metal from rusting. Equally as important, this resin top would provide a sanitary, washable surface to work on.
With the freedom to feel comfortable drilling into this used table—as it already had plenty of hammer marks and holes—we affixed our first Vintage Paper Cutter.
The Vintage Paper Cutters have become a household go-to for a multitude of uses and tasks! If you haven’t yet read about the them—here are the links for Part One and Part Two!
The addition of baskets on the two “shelves” which are created with the cast iron cross-bars furthered the usefulness of this industrial piece for storage of small kitchen items.
Re-Purposing is the ultimate in recycling and we are proud to join the ranks of many whose efforts at being green is a priority.
Through this Re-Purposing a solution to a small space—which required a functioning piece was obtained. After all what is more functional than an industrial work table! The richness of the history which came with all of the nicks, bashes and scratches was a bonus—and the industrial style is of course, Stylin’!
Post Script; If you are seeing the dried Hydrangea arrangement on the Vintage Industrial Work Table for the first time—here is the link to that post! Enjoy!
The farm table in The House at Rooster Ridge is richly illuminated with a trio of lights—creating a visually interesting balance to this long rectangular room! The two lights placed on the outside end of the trio are composed of a unique pairing—designed at Rooster Ridge!
We began with two vintage brass and copper ship lights. Commonly referred to as a “fox lights” these lights were positioned several feet above the working deck area and were only used during loading and unloading operations. The beauty of the beehive design, the rich color and sheen of the copper and brass is wonderful! The lights have a latched glass lens which once protected the internal electrical components from salt and sea creating an industrial feel.
Rather than hanging the “fox lights” directly to the ceiling by suspending them from a chain or a using a pole extension an unusual pairing was made with a Vintage Iron Pulley. A theme was loosely interpreted by connecting the two with heavy rope, a standard in the world of ships and remaining authentic to the original use of a pulley! A natural fit for a unique pairing!
With our ever present desire to remain vigilant to the attention to details two additional nuances were addressed. With a cheeky irony, the hooks attached to the ceiling to hold the lights are mermaid hooks! The other detail is the wire we used, we researched vintage style wiring and selected a gold cloth-covered braided wire. We agree with the adage; the whole is the sum of the parts, we believe it is the attention to the smallest of details that creates an overwhelming design.
The renovation of the 100 year old cottage was directed with the intention of creating this studio. We wanted to create a space where I could feel comfortable, inspired and safe to write, paint and create. The result was more powerful than we could have imagined—The Cottage at Rooster Ridge became more than just a space—the result became a way of creating, designing and being! The goal was met with success…within the comfort and safety of The Cottage at Rooster Ridge I was able to complete writing my first self-published book, Lessons from the Trumpet Vine as well as finish the twelve oil paintings which serve as the illustrations.
The Vintage Paper Cutter in the studio, brings us to our third and final (for now) paper cutter. This Vintage Paper Cutter is equipped with a 24″ roll of heavier weight recycled craft paper which is perfect for use in the art studio. The Vintage Paper Cutter has been bolted to the restaurant grade stainless steel work table for ease of use. In this venue the paper is used to cover work surfaces (tables, floors and walls at times!) The paper is also used for quick sketches of inspiration and to wrap, secure and transfer pieces of art.
As the paper is much heavier in weight we additionally have used the craft paper as a tablecloth on buffet tables and casual dining tables. On one event we purposely crunched the paper, then smoothed it back out. The result was a creative texture which added a visual interest!
The Vintage Paper Cutters at Rooster Ridge are a perfect example of the fun and functionality of renewing vintage pieces and incorporating them into everyday life. We find these relics of the past bring charm, history, function and inspiration to our lives!
We discovered this fabulous double Vintage Paper Cutter which holds a 12″ and 24″ roll of paper. We elected to use traditional white butcher paper and our favorite look of natural recycled craft paper. We built a custom shelf with supportive legs to create a paper-roll station in The House at Rooster Ridge!
While on the continuous search for incredible Vintage pieces to restore to use this vintage cage-style string holder is gorgeous. The details are simply wonderful with lion paw feet, intricate leaf pattern design and is cast in iron. There are four places to enable the holder to be attached to the surface of a work space for additional ease of use!
We have placed a ball of yarn rather than the traditional ball of string; this yarn is made from recycled silk threads from Sari’s. The magnificent colors and rich texture exude creativity!
Recycled silk yarn is the by-product of colorful Saris that women wear in South Asia. It is the loose ends of Saris collected from industrial mills in India that is hand spun into yarn in Nepal. The vibrant colors and unique texture of these silk fibers and silk yarn are inspirational to designers, knitters, and artisans. The popularity of recycled silk yarn has extended beyond Nepal and India and has created an empowering cottage industry primarily benefiting women. This yarn is made of completely recycled Sari material from recycled clothing in Nepal. It is as green a fiber as you can get, awesome!.
In addition to using the paper for place mats, wrapping cookies to go, flowers and herbs from the garden as discussed in Vintage Paper Cutters Part One, we also use the paper rolls to create our signature wrapping paper! Gifts seen under the tree or placed upon the gift table are automatically identified as being a gift from Rooster Ridge.
Ribbon, string, yarn and twine are kept nearby for spontaneous creative gift wrapping. With the colored pencils which are kept on the table close by, gift tags are created on packages by hand! We also keep a Mason Jar filled with simple tags for a last minute rush!
It is always a wonderful experience to give a gift—with the additional experience of creating a one of a kind presentation the joy is expanded!
Part Three of Vintage Paper Cutters will bring you into The Studio in The Cottage at Rooster Ridge!
At Rooster Ridge when an item serves a useful purpose we often continue to discover more and more uses—and at times, one doesn’t seem to be enough! We have three, yes three, Vintage Paper Cutters which have been re-purposed and lovingly brought back to a functioning and valued aspect of life at Rooster Ridge! We have discovered many uses for the vintage work horse of yesterday! We can’t imagine being without one of them…or all three! The paper cutters have become a signature piece at Rooster Ridge.
The first of the trio is mounted onto an industrial steel work table which serves as the center island in the kitchen of The Cottage at Rooster Ridge. The paper roll is easily attainable and comes in various weights, colors and dimensions. We always place a ball of twine, spools of ribbon and string in an easily accessible location as the paper is often used to quickly wrap cookies to go or to wrap herbs or flowers which have been freshly picked from the garden. A string dispenser is charming and has a string-cutter built in for convenience.
Our favorite utilization is the quick and easy place mats we create with a simple pull and tear! These disposable paper mats are quick and fun! Colored pencils are kept as a permanent fixture on the table and therefore encourages scribbles, illustrations and impromptu “place- seating designs and assignments.” Often children who are our guests are given the honor of decorating the mats and creating seat assignments!
This is one of three of the Vintage Paper Cutters at Rooster Ridge. Stay tuned for Part Two and Three!