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refinishing a eureka silk spool cabinet

refinishing a eureka silk spool cabinet

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015

Sometimes, social media surprises you.  I had a new Twitter follower, renoback, in the Fall and I clicked to see what they were about and found a jewel of a cabinet just waiting for me to bring it home on their site. This Eureka Silk spool cabinet is from the early 1900’s and was probably used in a store to display and house spools of thread.  I picked it up for a great price and have seen similar versions in antique shops for considerably more. The cabinet was in rough shape when I got it but that lettering is certainly something to love.  I knew with a bit of work, it could be beautiful again. I also knew it would make a fabulous Christmas gift for my Mom. You can see the water damage on the sides and top and it looks like an animal gnawed off one of the corners.  A knob was missing, as was a piece of glass and the handle for the top drawer. None of this deterred me though from handing over some cash and popping it in my trunk. The first step was giving it a really good dusting (it had been sitting in a workshop and was covered in sawdust).  This is also when I started making measurements and notes for all the parts and refinishing products I needed to get it back into shape. During this step, I took off the surviving glass front and had a replica made at Crystal Glass.  They were able to make a perfect match for only $6. The bottom piece is the original and you can see how it was notched by hand while the new one above is a little more laser precise.  You really can’t tell the difference though once each piece was put back into their respective drawer fronts. I spent a very messy Saturday morning, dressed in old clothes with goggles and a mask on stripping what remained of the finish and stain off the cabinet.  I didn’t touch the drawers as they were in better shape and I didn’t want to risk damaging the Eureka Silk lettering. You can see...

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making over a vintage dresser

making over a vintage dresser

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014

I have been busy all summer with various projects around my home.  Some pretty and some, like touching up the fence stain, that are just necessary when you’re a homeowner.  I spent a good chunk of August making over my bedroom and while it isn’t quite finished, I thought it was time to at least share one new addition. I really wanted to add a vintage dresser to my room.  Something that wasn’t too precious as I intended to paint it and it couldn’t be too long given the length of the wall it would go against.  I also liked the idea of a low-boy so that I could style the top and hang some artwork above it.  I finally found exactly what I was looking for while visiting an antique show at the ARC at the end of July. This dresser is from the ’40’s and I bought it from a mother/son pair that were selling their grandparent’s furniture.  It is beautifully made but definitely shows the wear and tear of daily life.  I also loved the shape of the handles and planned to keep them as-is. When I took the handles off you could see the original colour and finish of the stain.  This dresser was definitely showing it’s 70+ years. (Image via Interiors to Inspire) I picked up some Annie Sloan chalk paint from Interiors to Inspire (I had chatted with one of the owners at a Spring home show and liked their little shop).  I decided to go with Old White as I didn’t want it to be too stark or too yellow.  I also knew that there would be a lot of grey and blues in the room so wanted something that would play well with everything else. There is typically almost no prep required when using chalk paint but certain stains on furniture from the 30’s and 40’s can bleed through.  I did a quick first coat on the drawers and of course, you could see some pinkish spots bubbling up to the surface.  I then headed to the hardware store for some clear shellac and added two coats before continuing to paint. I...

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buy my chairs…

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013

…. so I can buy new ones. I decided to sell my living room chairs through the Consignment Gallery.  They looked great in my old home but my new house doesn’t have a formal living room. I’m also working with some different patterns in my new place and these chairs could be reupholstered but they are in perfect condition, so I felt it would be easier to sell them and start fresh. If you’re interested, check out the Consignment...

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loving the new sofa

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013

My new sofa was delivered this week (on Valentine’s Day – a little gift to myself) and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I ordered the Reverie Apartment Sofa from EQ3.  The front of my house is very wide but I’ve split the space into a family/living room and an office so I needed something with a slightly smaller scale. I wouldn’t call this a love seat though as you can easily fit three people and for a tall girl, I can comfortably stretch out. I chose the Mila fabric which is a Grade 20 and has a gorgeous hand to it.  A bit of a nubbly, soft texture.  The colour is Silver.  I love the tufting and it certainly has a mid-century modern feel to it.  The legs are in onyx which is a nice contrast to the existing hardwood although I will be swapping out an existing rug from my bedroom for this room.  I already had the pillows and the fabric is from the Eclectic Modern collection by DwellStudio for Robert Allen. The name of the fabric is Vintage Blossom and the colour is Dove. The new sofa has also proven to be a big hit with Shoppy and even as I write this, he is currently curled up and snoring away in almost the same spot as this photo.  What a lucky guy to have such a lovely...

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whimsical animal chairs

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012

Maximo Riera has created a collection of extremely unique and extremely life-like animal chairs.  They are made of high-density polyurethane and cost between $50,000 and $100,000.   The chairs depict an octopus, rhino, walrus, elephant, and a whale.  I like how each style of chair is reminiscent of the animal that it is created from.  I think my favourite is the octopus which would look magnificent in a glamorous boudoir and the whale which would be great in a children’s...

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happy chair – fab.com

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012

The latest from Fab.com has some fantastic chairs.  Shawna Robinson takes one-of-a-kind chairs and updates them with contemporary prints and colours.  I love how she uses a range of fabrics to create something truly unique while still retaining the shape of these classic chairs.  Check out her site Happy Chair for more galleries and where you can find her creations.  Tabatha Marie...

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