Sunday, February 1, 2015

Found it! The little ottoman.

There was a little voice in my head that told me I should return to a store that I SWORE I would never walk in again. It was, to put it mildly, a junk heap, barely arranged in vignettes of mostly kitschy stuff in poor condition and with goofy-high prices. 

But there was that voice. It reminded me of the corners literally piled with partially assembled, mostly damaged, midcentury stuff that could've been something if someone, anyone, had an attention span of more than 5 minutes. And that was exactly what I was looking for.

In one of those corners is exactly where I found it. Behind a screen and a surfboard. On top of a pile of who-knows-what. 

It has a problem that the little chair didn't have: missing hardware replaced with some that doesn't work. The wood may be a different color, or it may have been stained an ugly late-70s tone that we all want to forget. The weave of the cord is different, but quite nice. And it has a label-- made in Yugoslavia. All in all it looks like it will be a good match for the little chair.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Summer will be here soon

Ya never know when something fun will pop up. In ths case, after lunch at Fellini's we stopped at a moving sale in a building across from Kimball House. I spied this fan.

I've looked at a lot of vintage fans with silly prices. This one WORKED and was cheap. (bundled with 2 planters, a vase and a decanter, the total was $35). Coupled with the color and Scott's eye roll, I knew it was the one.

I've cleaned it up. Once we're sure it's safe and still working, I may paint it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A bit of Craigslist success

After finishing the cord chair and a couple of other items that were quite literally left out in the cold while the chair tried to make its deadline, I began looking for an inexpensive chest for my office.

Pretty frustrating, really. There were lots of large chests of drawers, media cabinets, and bar cabinets. But nothing smallish that could nicely fit in my office.

Finally, I snagged one on CL for $50.00. Maple, with a mid-century vibe. A little rough; I think it had been out in the weather, but it wasn't trashed. In the end, a very good purchase.
Preparing veneer strips for the top

Gluing the loose veneer
I promise to get better about taking "before" pics, which is a nice way of saying that there are no before pics of this one. Here's a few during the process.

Waiting for the feet to dry
I used Howard's Restore-a-Finish on the drawers, insides and sides and followed that with Feed & Wax. I felt that the top needed more, however.

So I sanded it to nearly-bare wood after replacing the chipped veneer. I used pre-glued veneer stripping from Highland Woodworking. (and yes, once again, they are my favs). It stained well and applied easily.

Then I applied Varathane oil-based stain -- 3 coats, sanded in-between with 0000 steel wool. After a day to cure, I applied General Finishes' Armour-Seal Satin. Four coats, with at least 8 hours each to cure and followed, again, with 0000 steel wool.

Preparing to replace veneer.

And here is the final result. Just don't look to closely at the veneer patches. They'd be nearly unnoticeable had I sanded the pieces more agressively before staining. Lesson learned!