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

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

This Old Apothecary Cabinet Project – Part 1

The Find that found me! Ok, so I've wanted to work on a metal cabinet for quite some time now and in a recent dig, this meal apothecary cabinet nearly jumped out at me from under a pile of odds and ends. With very little rust, almost no denting, and the hardware all intact, i … Continue reading This Old Apothecary Cabinet Project – Part 1

A Very Cute Cabinet Just For You

A.K.A. Amal's Funky Cabinet In The Spare Room This was one of the first pieces that got me inspired to do this new obsession of refurbishing old furniture. It came as part of a whole mid-century modern design bedroom set. (I saved a couple more of the pieces.) This is how it started, before I … Continue reading A Very Cute Cabinet Just For You

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 Old Commode, Transformed – Part 1

Ask for a thing with inner beauty and it comes right to your door... almost! I was searching through images on Pinterest and wishing someone would deliver to me a really interesting piece that I could possibly use for the entrance of my house to store coats, shoes, hats, etc... I couldn't see it clearly, … Continue reading The Old Commode, Transformed – Part 1

A Simply Fine Cabinet Transformation

The Possibility Of A Curio Cabinet Of Sorts... Here's the first of many new projects I hinted at in a recent article called The Joy of New Projects. This piece started as a beautifully made example of cabinetry made by the donors uncle. He told me he was a well known German Cabinet maker, but … Continue reading A Simply Fine Cabinet Transformation

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

Lovely Lines Side Table – Rescued & Refurbished – Part 2

The Transformation continued... Do you recall where this one started? Take a quick peek at Lovely Lines Side table - Rescued & Refurbished Part 1.    I wasn't certain of the colour choice I made. I couldn't get my heart into the matte surface finish and couldn't grab a picture I liked a lot.   … Continue reading Lovely Lines Side Table – Rescued & Refurbished – Part 2