Archive | July, 2011

Antique White Sideboard, Buffet, Jacobean, Shabby Chic

19 Jul

This thing should be called bittersweet. We’ve been looking for one of these for months. Measured it, knew how much space we had to work with at the house. Even though I knew I had 54″ to work with, somehow my one track mind told me that 66″ inches would still work. WRONG! So this is now for sale.
Very nice antique Jacobean style sideboard / buffet. 5′ 6″ long. Solid wood. Appears to be mahogany. This one is very solid and in excellent condition. Has all original hardware. Drawers slide open and with ease. Two doors on either side work and latch perfectly. We picked this up in original condition. Solid shape, but needed help cosmetically. Painted white, distressed finish. Top was restained with three coats of ebony stain. The whole piece was then hand waxed. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Throwing in a before pic to see what we started with.  SOLD!

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Vintage RCA Television Tubes Sign

19 Jul

Vintage 1950s RCA Tubes plastic sign. Nice piece of atomic age advertising. At one time was a clock. Still a cool piece, nice patina. SOLD

Vintage 1940s Pabst Blue Ribbon 33 to 1 Tray

19 Jul

Cool vintage tin Pabst Blue Ribbon serving tray. Blue enamel paint, very good condition. Slight patina, but VGC overall. 33 to 1 blend artwork. Pretty rare. $25

Vintage 50s Bulova Model 120 Clock Radio

19 Jul

Vintage 50s Bulova ornate model 120 clock radio. Pink facade, gold accents. Tube type electronics and very unique design and tons of eye appeal. Clock works great. Radio works, but needs antennae for reception. SOLD

Vintage 7up Aluminum Ice Chest

13 Jul

Vintage all aluminum construction ice chest from the 1950s. Has some scratches, dents and wear as you would expect for it’s age, but overall in very good condition. Baked enamel 7up logos on front and back in good condition. Very solid. Hinges working and intact, latches intact and working. Rubber seals all still good, seals tight and works great. This is the second one we’ve found. The first one we kept for ourselves. Use it all the time and keeps ice as long as a typical modern cooler. Perfect accessory for your summer BBQs! SOLD

Repurposed Cabinet

12 Jul

For months now, we’ve been searching high and low for a real simple buffet or sideboard to use to house our electronic junk in the living room. Still no luck. So we’ve had revolving door policy going for months now as far as having something for a television stand. Lost the huge armoire we’d used for years and temporarily used this early dresser we refinished until it sold. We freaked for a minute because we didn’t have anything to replace it with, but we lucked out. It was Saturday morning, so I hopped in the truck and took a ride around Port Norfolk – this historic section near our house and came across this cabinet at a church yard sale. It had been used to store books in the church’s school for years and years. Super cheap. It would work out great. I’d never seen one of these before, but it was built in the 1920s or 30s and a lot of the houses in the neighborhood used these as storage on their back porches. There’s no bottom and they were used to cover and lock up the gas meters, as well as provide storage.

Here’s a before and after. Sanded it down and refinished in Antique Jade stain and ebony stain on top. Couple coats of wax, new handles and that’s that. This one isn’t for sale, yet. And lucky for us, we don’t buy anything we wouldn’t actually keep for ourselves. That’s the cool thing about doing this type of work. We get to change things up all the time, so things never get old.



Mini Bathtubs – where are they now?

12 Jul

Awhile back we picked up this mini bathtub for little German babies. Just thought it was really cool but not completely sure what we were gonna do with it. Decided to repurpose it as an herb garden, plus one tomato plant. That’s about all we can handle right now as far as gardens are concerned…It’s working out pretty well so far…


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