Welcome to my crazy life! I love to refinish and re create on a dime. Join me in this adventure creating beautiful in your home. I live in South Western Ontario, am married to the most amazing man (he has to be amazing to put up with all the "junk" I bring home) Together we have 4 GREAT adult kids, one daughter in law ( I couldn't have asked for a better woman for our son) and I'm Oma to the cutest and brightest little boy. Yes I'm biased!
And all the things you find on the side of the road.
Town wide yard sales are the best. Everyone is out and trying to get rid of their things.
I'm getting much better at doing the whole drive by thing. You know, where you see a yard sale but it's all toys or kids clothes.
Yes I know, sometimes they have something really good in them, but it's not what I'm looking for. I'm past that stage in my life.
I started out grabbing a coffee at my local Timmies yesterday, then headed off.
On my way, I found this
Of course I had to pull over. The picture makes it look pretty good. But the veneer is coming off all of it. The top and front have been painted. But what you can't see is why I nabbed it. The detail on the bottom and the fact that this baby is solid walnut under all that veneer. The top is loose as is one of the side. Thankfully I know how to fix that. Can't wait to start on it.
Then off to a local town wide sale.
Lots of clothes, lots of dishes..but only a bit of furniture.
So I didn't get a whole lot, but what I did get was quality stuff.
A few chairs.
See the Eastlake one? That's a "ladies" chair, and thankfully I had already picked up the "gentleman's" Chair last year...so now I have a matching set. :) Yup....did a bit of a happy dance over that one :)
Then my crazy wonderful find that nearly had me skipping and dancing on it.
ok...I admit the colour is awful...but isn't she pretty?
I had mentioned to hubby just the night before that I wanted to try my hand on this style. Almost like an extended wing back. I can't wait to get started on it. But it does need a bit of repair, and of course, new material.
Hubby and I sat in front of the computer last night looking a fabric and design for this baby.
But before all of that.......I have several other couches and chairs that need to be finished up.
Better get to work.
All of these are waiting on foam, but have been torn down, painted and ready to go!
My stapler and I are certainly going to get a workout this week :) What have you found lately?
And I believe with my whole heart that as much of history should be passed on from one generation to the next.
So today I'm telling you a story.
Not just of a piece of furniture, but of the lives it has touched.
This is an army crate. I met the owner. Mr. Schultema a few months ago when I was invited to his home to "pick" through the things in his home before he moved to a retirement home.
As you can see this was his from his army days back in the Netherlands. He has carried this crate half way around the world when he was stationed in the Philippines. All his worldly possessions were in it.
After being discharged from the army he married and the new couple set out on a life changing adventure to Canada. They farmed and raised a family (I believe there were 4 kids) Then sold the farm and moved to town. There they enjoyed retirement. And still the crate stayed with him.
When it was time to move to a retirement home he contacted his kids and invited them to come through his home and pick the things that meant the most to them. They did that. They left this crate behind.
No one wanted it. I talked with his wife, she didn't want it, the kids didn't want it. They had a yard sale and no one who came wanted it.
And when I came, I learned how this crate held his things, his memories his loyalty for more than 70 years. I wanted it.
He asked me if I would find someone to love the crate as much as he did.
I told him I would.
Although I'm drastically changing it, I have found a new home and I know they will honour the memory and take special care of this memory box and create their own new memories.
I can't wait to share the transformation :)
Once I ripped out the cardboard and waxed paper from the inside I found several date stamps all of them saying Dec. 5/1919.
Cute right? Love the lines and that glass is to drool for.
See the veneer missing? But what's that peeking out from under the veneer? Solid wood? yup!
So out came the hot iron and some wet rags and the work began. All the veneer was stripped off. Sanded and stained. In parts that is.
The stained glass was so pretty I didn't want to distract from that with "colour" So out came the antique white.
When you have such lovely wood...why cover it with veneer? I don't get it.
oops....looks like I need to get the glass cleaner out and finish this up. I was so excited to get pictures I didn't stop to clean the glass off first. Ever get that way? Snap pics due to the pure joy of having it done?
This part confused me. The shelf is obviously a replacement..but they used half inch thick solid Mahogany. I think I could sell this separately and get more for it than the whole thing...lol
And of course, knowing it was locally made and high quality is always a bonus.