Monday, June 25, 2018

Rescued Table

    When this table was offered to me, nearly 60% of the oak veneer was missing, peeling, or bubbling up on the top and 50% gone on the right side apron.  The legs had some splits on the outer surface, which is not uncommon.  They did not go far into the surface, so they were not a structural problem.  This piece was made by the Gregory Furniture Company during the heyday of wooden furniture manufacturing.  The company existed from about 1906, until 1945 when it was sold.  This table probably dates from the late 30's or early 40's, so in technical terms not an antique, but most likely near 80 years old.
    I somehow missed getting a picture of the top, but this is the side, where some of the bottom veneer was also damaged.  You can see here too, that the decorative pieces are damaged.  There are two pieces of this decorative scroll type work on each side.  The other pieces are cracked, but these are completely gone. The remaining residue made me suspect that these were made of some type of molded glue or paste and the water damage literally melted them. 
    The veneer on the top and one side were really quite beyond compare.  It is possible to re-veneer a piece like this, but it can be quite costly.  So, the decision to make was whether to paint it or refinish it.  Since most of the piece was in good shape, and the secondary wood under the veneer was rustic, but in reasonable shape I decided to refinish this piece rather than paint it.  There was some damage to the secondary wood on top, but it is just enough to give it a little character.  I filled in several surface cracks on the legs and feet, re-stained the wood, and added a top coat.
    Despite years of abuse this is a wonderful piece.  It is an "almost antique" for someone who might love older furniture but find most out of their price range.  Sturdy and built well enough to last another 80 years, dimension are: 30 in tall, 42 in across front and 26 back to front. This would make a great "minimalist" desk, entry way table, library table, or if protected, even a little breakfast nook table.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Butler's Tray

    When I spotted this tray at a sale at what was once a homestead I immediately made a bee line for it.  I am a sucker for silver plate anyway, despite the fact that many younger customers have no patience for polishing it. 
   It is massive....30 in x 20 in. and very heavy.....I was shocked at how heavy it was.  But honestly, isn't it gorgeous??!!  It was love at first sight.  When I turned it over, though, I was sad to see that 2 of the feet had broken, I decided that I could do something with into my pile it went.  Fast forward a few weeks and a customer contacted me inquiring about serving pieces and unique items to serve meals to her guests on.
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    I had an idea about making this beautiful piece useful again, but wasn't sure whether it would work.  I got out my husband's sawzall, and I was able to cleanly saw off the two remaining feet.
    I used 60 grit sandpaper on my sander to sand the legs down evenly.  Now, I want to point out that although they are even, and fairly smooth,  they could probably do some damage to a wooden table that wasn't protected.  I did a quick once over with some toothpaste, because I had no silver polish.  I think this will be such a wonderful statement piece, and I can see it with a huge buffalo or elk roast and surrounded by Alaskan grown potatoes.  I am so glad I took a chance that I could give this tray new life, and will not hesitate to pick up another, should I ever come across one again!

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