The Folkish Art Deco Lamp – Part 1

Am I Folk Art or Art Deco? This big guy has the most wonderfully hideous macrame shade over the metal cage you see here. If you can possibly imagine it, the macrame was torn and tattered, and covered with what looked like an old apron turned into a lamp-shade cozy. It was quite the sight … Continue reading The Folkish Art Deco Lamp – Part 1

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TV Diner With A Side Of Colour – Part 1

TV Diners... Re-Inspired! This seems like a very simple project to get done, but I am having one heal of a time deciding on the colours. The wood is still in very nice condition and it seems a shame to cover this beautiful grain. The question is to I stain it, or just wax it? … Continue reading TV Diner With A Side Of Colour – Part 1

The Well-Traveled Trunk – Part 1

Imagine The Travels This Truck Has Taken... Considering the humour and wit of the donor of this amazing find, I can well imagine it's seen quite a bit. The world, in fact. What can I do with such a storied piece that will allow it to see so much more? At first thought, I imagined … Continue reading The Well-Traveled Trunk – Part 1

Mid-Century Cabinet of Curiosities – Part 1

The Perfect Mid-Century Must Have! The angels who donated this piece to the cause were the sweetest father and son team I've met to date. Both named Ronald, both as Scottish as can be imagined, and by this I mean they were both larger than life! Ronald senior added a level of joy to this … Continue reading Mid-Century Cabinet of Curiosities – Part 1

The Mid-Century Minimalist Set – Progressing Nicely

The Simple Things In Life Are Sometimes The Most Beautiful You first got a glimpse of these in my article called The Joy Of New Projects. They had a golden varnish on them and were much darker in feel to what we see here today. Of course, my wife has fallen in love with these … Continue reading The Mid-Century Minimalist Set – Progressing Nicely

A Challenging Shelf – Before

The Challenge of Improving on Such Beauty As soon as I saw this Mid-Century book shelf, I knew I had to have it. At first, the ideas of colour schemes, stains, waxes, paintings, polishings, sanding, etc, etc, etc... All flew through my head with excitement as I drove it home and placed it carefully in … Continue reading A Challenging Shelf – Before

The Sad Old Dresser Transformation – Part 2

Never Judge A Book By It's Cover, or something like that! As expected, the main cabinet is veneered panels. There seems to be pine and cedar in the construction. The whole thing, once sanded smelled like a cedar closet. Amazing. The drawers were beautifully jointed and in great condition, despite the weird stains and burns … Continue reading The Sad Old Dresser Transformation – Part 2

The Sad Old Dresser Transformation – Part 1

Art Deco - ish? I'm starting to think one of the funnest parts of doing all this furniture refinishing is hearing my wife toll me with each new piece I pick up that she's impressed I can see beyond the mess the piece is in when I grab it. In truth, I don't blame her … Continue reading The Sad Old Dresser Transformation – Part 1

The Cool Lines Commode Transformation – Part 1

Rescued From The Dump To Blow Up My Imagination The son of the original owner showed me this old piece he was getting ready to toss and asked me what i thought of it. "Funky" was my first impression. Needs lots of love and I'm just the guy to love it, was my second thought, … Continue reading The Cool Lines Commode Transformation – Part 1

The Joy Of New Projects

Transformations have never been so much fun! I'm so excited to be working on this new stash of beautiful pieces. I've been busy studying design and finding that nothing is as simple or exact as described in the books I'm studying. Most of what I'm finding is a blurred and beautiful combination of Mid-Century Modern, … Continue reading The Joy Of New Projects