Mar 012014
 

Last week, I shared my latest estate sale purchase of 8 side tables.    Once I got them home, I was able to have a good look at them.  Every piece was in relatively good shape.  The previous owners  obviously liked mahogany and the classic look similar to furniture from Bombay Company.  Some pieces were in fact from Bombay Company but others were of indeterminable sources.  Below is the photo of one of the lots I picked up.

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Three Tables:  Marble topped pedestal,
tiny with a tray pull out
and a vintage open shelf with drawer.

The marble topped table has some faint stains and I am currently trying some techniques to remove them.  I will post my success or failure at a later date.  It is a very sturdy table and I think cleaning up the marble and painting the base will make it very special. 

The square table is teeny tiny!  It is very Bombay Company-ish.  It has a little tray that pulls our for drinks or these days, a smartphone LOL. 

The side table is quite interesting with the open part at the top and the drawer at the bottom.

Now, the last table, the one with the open shelf and the drawer is the HIDDEN GEM!  The burnt-in label inside the drawer said KINDEL, Grand Rapids.  From previous research, I became aware Grand Rapids Michigan, at one time in history, was the furniture capital of the US and was nicknamed “Furniture City”.  Of course I checked out e-Bay to see what Kindel pieces were out there and I found numerous larger pieces all commanding some major dollars!  But none like my little piece.

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Kindel Furniture Company Side Table

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Dovetail joints on the drawers

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Pretty Fret work on the top

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Lovely detail on the top.

Excuse the dust… those photos were taken at the auction site.  My house is a bit cleaner ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Kindel Furniture website allows you to send in the pattern number found on the back of chests or dressers along with a photo.   I did this last week and a few days later, I received this reply:

Here is what research could find. Some of our older records are incomplete.  We used to file everything by hand and then we had the fire and lost some. We are working to archive all info that we have and put it on discs but we are not complete yet.  This item is from The Colchester line which was produced from 1936 to 1949. The only cost we found was for $20.50. I do not know if this was net or retail.

Bessie M. Christian, Relationship Manager

Isn’t that interesting and fun!  So basically this piece is 70 years old, give or take a few years.  I don’t think I will paint this one!  It is in amazing condition for 70 years! 

I love researching mid-century pieces.  So many of these great furniture manufacturers have closed shop both in the US and Canada.  I suppose rising wages and foreign competition took it’s toll.  Sad really but still very interesting to look back and see what they were making at their peak!

My problem is:  What is it worth? 
I fear it will not be too much but most definitely more than the $20 I paid for it! 

What do you think I should ask? 

Sadly, I don’t have a spot for it in my home….

By leaving this piece as it is, I think it will still be

Nicer Than New!

Joan

Feb 262014
 

A few months back I posted about my addiction to on-line Estate Sales.  Recently I vowed to myself I would NOT BID on anything until I clear out much of what I  have.  But OMG, I don’t seem to be able to control it!  Is this an indication of some sort of disorder?  I fear it may be!  Regardless, I bid and acquired 8 side / occasional tables for $160.  Hmmm…. $20 per table may not be profitable in the end but, ah they were so sweet! 

When I look in the garage and my workshop, I think I should change my name to “Side Table Joanie”!!  I have far too many side table / bed side tables to work on!!  I fear I am a hoarder of sorts but according to the MAYO Clinic, I am not!  Apparently, I am more of a collector

It’s important to note that hoarding is different from collecting. People who have collections, such as stamps or model cars, deliberately search out specific items for their collections. Collectors often categorize their items and carefully display them. Hoarders, on the other hand, will save random items they encounter in their daily life and store them haphazardly in their homes or surrounding areas.
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Well that’s good news!  Back to my latest stash….

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Most of what I acquired this past weekend is very much the Bombay Company style and some pieces are from there.  The previous owners obviously liked the look.  Everything needs attention of some sort.  Maybe not the best bargain but they all have great  potential!

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Four tables: 2 matching pie crust, one drum and one shelved.

The two pie crust tables and the shelved table are from Bombay Company.  Their furniture seems to hold some of its value due to their practical size and classic style.  Still, don’t people get bored of mahogany?  I do.  So maybe a mix of wood and paint.  We’ll see.

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Half Moon Console table.  I love these tables.

This is another piece from the Bombay Company.  These demi-lune tables are so classic and practical.  Lots of potential to add some real interest to an entrance or hall.  It could even be a small desk … a laptop station.

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set of 3

Three Tables:  Marble topped pedestal,
tiny with a tray pull out
and a vintage open shelf with drawer.

The marble topped table has some faint stains.  I am currently trying a technique to remove them.  I will post my success or failure at a later date.  It is a very study table and I think cleaning up the marble and painting the base will make it very special.  The square table is teeny tiny!  It is very Bombay Company-ish.  It has a little tray that pulls our for drinks or in these days, a smartphone LOL.   The side table is quite interesting too, with the open part at the top and the drawer at the bottom.  I love the fret work at the back of the top.

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Do you think this was a good haul for $160? 

Was I compulsive or smart to snatch them up? 
I would love to hear what you think? 

Regardless, they all have great possibilities and this is a HOBBY / business so …

Can I make them

Nicer Than New?

I think so!

Joan

Jan 272014
 
Mission: Colour

This winter seems longer and colder than any in my recent memory.  This means I have been spending more time at home and inside.  The cold weather  also put me in a bit of a funk and I wasn’t making much headway on my long list of painting and other projects. 

Mission: Colour

However, I am happy to say my mood seems to be turning around! Especially after I sold some painted furniture pieces and I have a small  commission to do.  Yippee! 

During my funk, I also added one more general project to my list:

Add more COLOUR to my decor. 

I have a tendency to play it safe with my furniture and accessories by going for neutrals.  That’s fine for the big pieces but I have also taken the safe route with my accessories, pillows, etc.  That all began to change when I painted my dining room furniture a couple years ago.  That decision was a brave and daring step for me! It was that decision that has since sent me on this journey of updating vintage furniture and starting this blog.  My very first blog entry featured the dining room transformation.

Well now months later, I am looking around my home and while loving it, I am CRAVING for more colour!  As a result, 2014 I am embarking on

MISSION: COLOUR!

There are so many places I want to add colour!  Where to start!  How about where you enter the house! 

The Foyer

I have an open concept foyer with a vaulted ceiling and a skylight.  Currently, with the exception of a very colourful oil painting over the bench, everything in the entrance way has gold, ivory and beige tones.  Well at least it did until last week. 

Mission: Colour

Even Cody, our Golden Doodle, is part of the colour palette ๐Ÿ™‚

I used the oil painting above the bench, with its multitude of colours as my source of colour inspiration.  I was immediately drawn to a beautiful teal in the lower area. 

Mission: Colour

A triptych painted by a local Canadian Artist is the only source of additional colours.

  Mission: Colour

The blue is a dark teal.

Across from the bench is a little alcove where I re-purposed a mini-buffet from our dining room set.  It had not been painted with the other pieces. 

Mission: Colour

This piece replaced a baker’s rack. Perfect fit and a catch all for mail, keys and change.

I’ve been planning on painting it for several weeks and I finally got my act together and painted it and I LOVE IT!!

Mission: Colour

Oh how I love it!

Mission: Colour

Sherwin Williams MAXI TEAL in semi-gloss enamel.

Mission: Colour

We’ve always had plate glass on the top to protect it.
Good idea now that it is by the front door.

Mission: Colour

Isn’t that so much more welcoming and fun?  After living with the wood, it is a bit of a shock when I enter the foyer now but it does make me smile.  every time.

Do you love it as much as I do?  

Now however, I need to do something with the mirror
It seems to blend in to the walls and is lost. 
I am thinking of painting it Oil Rubbed Bronze, similar to the handles. 
If you have a suggestion, please pass it along!

Now that I have started, I will be addressing the monochromatic items on the tiered rack you see in the mirror.

It is so good to be inspired once more! 
Does weather affect your moods and productivity?

I’d love to here from you!

Joan

Jan 152014
 

I am true believer in the saying “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”.   So a few months ago when I spotted a beat up little table, apparently ready to be discarded on a friend’s porch, I just had to ask about the little table’s future.   The reply:  “That stuff is all garbage.  Take whatever you want.”  After a mental happy dance, I stashed it in my car!

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Weathered but oh so cute!

Definitely in need of some TLC

Definitely in need of some TLC

Yes, it was beat up and weathered but the shape and the detail was exquisite! And it was all wood, no veneer!

Sanding the top and the shelf revealed a beautiful walnut grain.  I decided I would give this cutey a wood and paint finish.  I stained the top and shelf in my favourite go-to walnut stain.  Using some left over paint, I mixed up some home made chalk paint and painted the rest.  After lightly distressing the piece, I topped it off with a few coats of non-yellowing varathane.  So easy and so cute!

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Should I give it back to them?

NO WAY!

Look how great it looks with my living room rug!

 Joan

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Dec 072013
 

original I came into possession of a solid oak Mission / Arts & Crafts style table a few months ago.  It has a nice simple look to it and it is very heavy and solid.  For me, the problem with it was it’s dimensions.  It is 28 inches in diameter and 29 inches tall.  At that height, it is a bit too high to be an end or side table because it is really the height of a dining table.  There is no lower shelf, making me wonder if it is meant to be sat at.  So I left it, waiting to be inspired. 

A few weeks ago, we had a mild day and I took the opportunity to take a few pieces outside to either strip or sand or in the case of this table both.  I could see the oak grain was very nice and thought about staining the top and painting the bottom for that good ole Pottery Barn look.  But what can it be used for?

Then I had an idea! After a quick look around Pinterest and the internet, I decided it would make a great chess or checkers table.

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 I began by applying my favourite walnut stain to the center area of the top, where the checkered pattern would be. 

Instead of using masking tape, I took my chances with dollar store Con-Tact paper I already had.  I proceeded to cut out 32 two inch squares with my Fiskars paper cutter,

Using my  carpenter square, I began to stick the squares in place over the stained area.   Then I painted the open squares with my favourite black, Black Suede by Behr.  (It could be a favourite because I already have it LOL)

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I was very pleased with the cheapo Co-Tact paper.  It worked very well!  I masked off the square and used homemade chalk paint made with the Black Suede and painted the rest of the table.  I only needed one coat because I didn’t care if any wood showed through.  I lightly distressed it and applied a bit of stain to the exposed areas.

To make the “board” stand out I masked the perimeter and painted a  gold border, using basic craft paint I had on hand. 

Next came the THREE coats of varathane to protect the surfaces.

Once again, I was able to pull this together with paints and stuff I already had!  The table came in an Estate Sale lot with a few other tables so I would estimate I paid about $15 for this beauty!

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WOW!  I love it! 

Wouldn’t this make a great Christmas gift!

AND

it’s so much

Nicer Than New

Nov 232013
 

On-line estate sales can be addictive, fun and lucrative if you are into vintage stuff! Because of them, my garage and workshop filled up to the point where I needed an intervention! This intervention came in the form of Autumn and the approach of Winter. And my promise to Mr. Nice that he would be able to park in the garage before snow came. BTW, I’ve already cleared his half of the garage. I am still checking the estate sales …. but with caution and control.

The main company I follow is MaxSold.com. It originated out of Kingston, Ontario but operates all over Ontario and the north east United States.

Back in October, I checked out an auction taking place in Toronto. A few items caught my eye. But knowing I already had numerous pieces to work on, I just put in low bids and waited to see what happened. Well, NOTHING happened. As in, no one bid or if they did, my measly bid won!

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Wait until you see what I got for $35.

$13.50 got me these 2 vintage side tables.
They weighed a ton and I had to solicit the aid of a nice gentlemen in return for helping him with his haul!

I think these two have potential!
AND I’m open to suggestions!

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For the grand total of $10, I also scored the matching coffee table.

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Nice wood. Beveled glass. Perhaps a dark stain and painted pillars?

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I think this may have a spot in my living room!
Right now everything in my loving room is so square and rectangular… a circular table could be nice!

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The next item, I had been looking for.
A friend of mine wants me to make her a Tufted Bench for her front entrance.
Not only did I score the perfect table / bench,
I got TWO step side tables
for….
Drum roll please!

$10!

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TWO of these little lovelies.

YAHOO!!

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Now there are bargains and there are near freebies!

I got the following THREE items for

$1.50

MaxSold often combines items and oft times you just don’t want the other items.
OR in my case end up with NO ROOM!

I loved this mid-century side table! It had seen better days but for 50  cents, could I go wrong?

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Look at her! she is gorgeous!

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Tongue and groove construction

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Okay not perfect!

She was grouped with these two side tables

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I liked this solid wood night stand.

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But did not want this one.

When you win an auction, you MUST remove ALL the items at the allotted time or you are charged for disposal.

Sadly, my surprisingly spacious Rav4 just did not have any room left!

Sadly, my surprisingly spacious Rav4 just did not have any room left!

However, John, the nice man who helped me had a trailer and he took the last two items.
John owns a wonderful thrift / antique shop in a lovely historical town of Shelburne, a ninety minute drive north of Toronto.
I plan to visit to Yesterday’s Home Furnishings soon. Based on his website he has some great finds!

How’s that for $35 and a Sunday morning drive across the city?

Share your great finds and stay tuned to see how the bench and the 2 drawer side table turn out!

 

Nov 132013
 

I love finding vintage one of a kind pieces for next to nothing.  When I saw this chair at a garage sale last summer, I loved the scroll detail on the legs.  Only $5 for this cute, solid oak chair!  Got to love that!

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Love the scroll!

After sitting in my garage for a few months, I decided the chair would look great with a black, distressed Pottery Barn like finish because the oak finish underneath would be a nice rich colour. I mixed up some homemade chalk paint using  Behr Black Suede and calcium carbonate, both of which I already had.   (BTW:  I LOVE this shade of black!  It is aptly named because it seems to have a depth or softness about it and it works perfectly for the Pottery Barn treatment.)  After two coats, I did a bit of distressing and added 2 coats of  Varathane.

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I love how it turned out!

Now on to the seat!  Stripping off old chair coverings can be like opening an old trunk in an attic.
Overall, the seat cover looked okay but when looking at the underside, I could tell it had been recovered and needed some fixing.
The original seat cover was leather!

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There were a gazillion nails to remove!

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Leather!

Using my handy dandy Dremel saw and some wood I  had in the garage, I cut a new support for the bottom.

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I love this tool!

When I removed the gazillion tiny tacks, I found the seat had been stuffed with horse hair!  A discovery which is somewhat exciting and disgusting all the the same time!  The horse hair stuffing does not necessarily provide an age for the chair but it does indicate the chair is vintage if not antique.

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Cool and Yucky!

Originally, I was planning on covering the seat with either burlap or a painter’s drop cloth, with perhaps a graphic on it.  However, once the chair was painted, I didn’t like the look.

Then on a trip to my local FabricLand, I spotted a cool black and grey remnant in the discount bin.  I was really drawn to it but I kept thinking I already had some of it at home.  It just looked so familiar.  Regardless I decided it would look great on the Pottery Barn like chair and it was only going to cost me $3.

After I got it home, I realized why it was so familiar!
It looks just like my little Coach bag!
And the weight and texture of the fabrics are very similar!

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They are so similar!

 All I needed to buy was the fabric because I had the foam, paint and varathane.

Pretty nice chair for around $10!

Pottery Barn meets Coach

Pottery Barn meets Coach!

I LOVE IT!!  HAPPY DANCE TIME IN THE LEAVES!

It would appear,
I created a DOUBLE KNOCK OFF!

Should Coach start making furniture?  Tell me what you think?

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