Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fraternal Twin Nightstands, Miss 1955 and Miss 1961

   I managed to find these mahogany nightstands at two different sales while I was out picking last year.  These are beautiful timeless, classic pieces that are getting harder and harder to find in my area.  The one on the left was made in 1955 by the Drexel company.  Drexel is well known for its quality furniture.  The one on the right was made on 1961 by the Joern Company.  I had to look this company up, as it was unfamiliar to me.  They were also known for high quality furniture, but not too many pieces are found, because they turned their attention to medical furniture.
While the one on the right needed cleaning sanding and refinishing, the one on the left needed more extensive work.  While it had no structural damage (in fact the drawers and the slides are in amazingly good structural condition), it had some pretty serious cosmetic damage.  I'm not quite sure why someone would drill a hole in the top of a nightstand????  There was also a chunk missing on the top.  I filled using wood epoxy, repaired and sanded the damaged spots.  While you can still see where the damage was, I am pretty happy with how the repairs turned out.
Before, pretty rough, scratched, etc.

Damage and fixes
   In choosing the stain to use on the nightstands, I had to take into account that the Drexel nightstand was naturally a bit darker, so I chose darker  Bombay mahogany stain.  It really wasn't possible to make the darker one lighter by using the regular mahogany.  Therefore, there is a bit of a color difference between the two.  These are beautiful heirloom-type pieces and they are looking for a new home.
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Saturday, January 27, 2018

End table

  Hi all.  Hope that everyone reading this is well!  We have been fighting and fighting a cough that just will not go away this winter.  It has slowed my progress on projects a bit, which is frustrating.  Luckily I have been knitting again, which keeps me busy while I wait for the paint/stain, to dry, or am just coughing too hard to do anything else.  Now that there are only 4 kids at home(TEENAGERS.....EEK),  I do have fewer demands and have a little bit more time for things I want to do.
    Anyway, the latest project is this sweet little table.  I think these are great pieces and so very handy.  I have had others in the past.  I had to do a bit of repair on this, but it is very sturdy and would be an asset to anyone's home.  It was sanded, repaired, and refinished in Bombay Mahogany stain and then top coated.  There are two shades of Mahogany that I use and this one is the darker of the two.  I really like both and this just happened to be what I had on hand.  This piece is dated 1958 and is another of the pieces that was used extensively on military bases.  They are beautiful refinished, sturdy and so useful.
    Positioned between two chairs or at the end of a couch, they can also be pulled in front of a chair for card and board games, serving beverages, etc.  This has a hard formica type top which is easy to clean and maintain.  The measurements on this piece are:  Between 23-24  in tall, 24-25 long, 16 1/2 inches wide, when the "wings" are extended, though it is 24-25 inches long.  This piece is available.
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Modern Rocking Chair

    This project is quite different than anything I have done before.  I bought it last winter, after it was offered to me.  I was pretty busy at the time.  I honestly did not look at it very closely and it has been stored away since then.  While re-arranging my work space I had a chance to look at it more closely and I decided to tackle it. 
    This chair was made in Indonesia, out of teak, and I discovered that it was originally quite expensive.  I did some research on teak wood, since I had never worked on it before.  Teak is commonly used for outdoor furniture, and this piece had been out in the weather.  Left unfinished teak will eventually turn to a weathered gray.  There are treatments specifically for teak, but when left out in the weather it should not be treated with the typical varnishes.  Teak wood retains its natural oils and if out in the weather with a varnished finish, it can eventually develop mold.  This is because the oil will push the varnish up and allow moisture to get under varnish where the mold will settle and grow.  While teak is excellent for outdoor furniture it needs some maintenance.
    This piece had no mold but a lot of water spotting.  I cleaned it and sanded it.  I used Watco Danish Oil to restore the beautiful luster and finish to the wood.  While this finish does have some varnish, the oil helps it penetrate into the wood, and as long as it is in a protected area, all it will need is an occasional re-application to retain its beautiful look.
    This is a large, roomy chair, that would look wonderful near a fireplace with a buffalo plaid blanket!  It is large enough for an adult to comfortably hold a child in.  It stands 45 inches from the floor to the top of the back.  The seat is 19 1/2 inches from the floor.  The seat dimensions are 23 inches across and 20 1/2 front to back.
    This is a sturdy comfortable chair that would accommodate anyone!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Last project of the year

    One of the most frustrating things about this business for me is photography.  I have tried every way I can to show the color correctly on this set and I am done!  It is actually a teal color but I just can't get it to show its "True Colors."
    This vanity is typical 50's style.  The original frame that would have held the mirror was still with it, but not very attractive, and the mirror was gone.  I added this mirror that is meant to be hung on the wall and can be hung vertically or horizontally.  The bench came with it but I reupholstered and painted it to match.  I underestimated the fabric needed slightly, sigh.....
But it is securely folded under the frame and stapled...I just did not realize there was such a long space without print on the selvedge edge.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Fail and a Fix

    My daughter asked me to paint a nursery dresser for their baby boy due in March.  It is just the right height for them to put a changing pad on and it needed to be a pretty specific size to go into the space.  What I didn't realize was how specific the color requirements for the dresser were going to be.  Dad is a hard-core Star Wars lover and mom is a huge Harry Potter fan, so this little guy is going to have a room that combines these two themes.  They are working on very specific touches to the room.  They are really cool, but so much different than traditional baby nurseries used to be.
They are still adding touches to the room, but it is really sweet and such a reflection of their personalities.  I hope to get more pictures to add at some point.
    So, I totally failed on the color for the dresser.  It was way too bright and didn't fit what they wanted at all.  Boo, I messed up.  So, paint brush in hand I returned, sanded and repainted with a different blue chalk paint.  I can't remember the name of the color, but it is so dark that at first I thought it was black.
Fix, yay!:
Matches the room so much better and my daughter is very happy with it now.  For the record, this is grandchild #14!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wicker child's rocker

    I bought this cute vintage style rocker a while back.  I paid a little more than I normally would, but it was a sale benefiting women and children, so I prefer to over pay a bit for charities, especially when it is by donation.  It was painted white and because of the many layers and some older repairs, it may very well be vintage.
    I chose a sunny yellow and mint that would be gender neutral.  After repairs, some of which are visible, I covered the seat with canvas, securing it with hot glue.  Several coats of poly were applied to protect the wicker and then I made a cushion with new foam and pastel dinosaur fabric.
    The floor to the seat measurement is about 10 1/2 in.  The pad is about 2 in thick.  From the floor to the top of the back is about 23 inches.
    This would be adorable in a nursery, or even at Grandma's house, where it could hold quilts between grandchild visits!
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Little Pine Chest Update

    Julie has been one of my very best customers.  She finds great pieces, and sometimes buys the ones I sell.  She has had this cute little chest for quite a while and asked me to redo it for her.  This seems to be a home made piece with wooden drawer slides.  There is a little warping, but with a little care and a lot of wax on the slides it should last a long time.
    After sanding, I applied 2 coats of shellac.  I am finding it to be worth the extra effort with older pieces of unknown history, to prevent bleed through.  White paint on the body of the dresser and a pretty mint green on the drawers, will help it to match a set of dressers in the room it will go in.  I did some distressing and enhanced it with a little black paint because the wood is so light colored.  The handles were spray painted black.    It was poly-coated  for protection.  We decided that it also makes a cute bench and she had some fabric so I made a cushion and attached it with hook and loop.  I just love how this turned out!
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