Archive for ‘Shabby Chic’

July 25, 2012

Vintage Short-Handled Shovel (Not From The Big Rock Candy Mountain)


“In the Big Rock Candy Mountain,
 The jails are made of tin.
You can slip right out again,
As soon as they put you in.
There ain’t no short-handled shovels,
No axes, saws nor picks”

Ergo we know that this didn’t come from the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Back when I dug holes for a living I learned a lot about shovels and axes and picks. About how they were used, could be abused (shovel head pancakes anyone?) and what shovels said about their owners or the company. The short-handled shovel was a blessing and a curse. A blessing when in tight spaces or for excavating off a trench wall. A curse when that’s all the shovels the company had and you knew (or your back would soon know) that the owners were cruel and inconsiderate.

This shovel is 33 inches long overall and its digging days may be over but it’d make a good decor piece.

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June 7, 2012

Rustic Storage Cabinet


Yesterday we showed a little green cabinet that didn’t take up too much room as an option for storing things in small living spaces. The other classic gambit is to go up, vertical is a valuable, versatile friend when you don’t have a lot of horizontal space.

This great old cabinet has a small foot-print of only 19 inches deep and 17 inches wide but it stands 49 inches tall. There are three drawers and a cabinet so you can put lost of different stuff in here. It is in good condition although a paint job might be in order at some point down the road (but be careful sanding since it is probably lead paint).

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June 6, 2012

Cute Vintage Cabinet In Green


I’m not sure about the green, but the cabinet is  a cute little piece. It is in OK condition but probably could use a bit of glue and/or a coat of paint.

I like how this piece isn’t too deep so it won’t stick out into your way in a small space, but it still looks interesting so it adds a fair bit of visual and aesthetic weight for a small piece.

It measure about 30 inches wide, 14 1/2 inches deep and stands 34 inches tall.

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May 18, 2012

Mini-Secretary Desk & Book Case


It doesn’t have a lot of depth, but don’t call it shallow. Think low-profile, chill or incognito instead.

This vintage /  antique piece is about 30 inches wide, all of one foot deep and 41 1/2 inches tall. It is in good condition too.

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May 12, 2012

Rustic ‘Farm-Style’ Table With Suspended Bins


This is a great old table which, if just a little care was given, could last another hundred years. It appears to be pine or a similar coniferous wood, has two drawers and two suspended flour bins. Unfortunately the original slide out cutting boards are gone, but someone made replacements from bamboo that are pretty nice. If you’d like a different look another set of cutting boards would be relatively easy to fabricate and it’d be a great chance to put your stamp on the table for future generations to admire.

It is in good condition with mostly age appropriate wear and some recent marker marks on the table surface due to exposure to children (see photo’s below).

The table measures 48 inches by 26 1/2 inches and stands 30 inches tall. The drawers work well, as do the bins.

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April 24, 2012

Vintage Kitchen Work Center


Short on kitchen space AND square footage? A small but useful vintage cabinet could be the answer. This one holds a surprising amount of stuff and there is a hidden compartment too, which is always handy.

The lower part is accessed by two doors, there is a small interior shelf and the inside of the doors are lined with pegboard so you can hang items off them. Above are four tilt-out metal bins for storing flour, sugar and other bulk items. Since these aren’t full depth the top slides forward* and you can access the ‘hidden’ breadbox compartment in the back.

Overall the cabinet is in fair to good condition. One of the doors was bent at some point and re-worked to almost as good as new. Most notably it could use a good sanding or bead blasting and a new coat of paint. The Formica top is in good shape and all the door/drawer pulls are still present.

The cabinet is 36 inches tall, 23 3/4 inches wide and 17 3/4 inches deep.

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*if you don’t want to tilt the bins out the top also slides backwards and you can get to the contents from above.

April 15, 2012

Big Rustic Reclaimed Timber Table


We just got in another in this line of fine tables. We’ve had a couple of them before which, like this one, were rejected by a discerning retailer due to drying cracks. We’ve shown a close up example of this in the slide show below. The crack extends about 1/2 of the length of the table, but it is a series of small cracks rather than a large fissure. The biggest single crack is about the thickness of a quarter and roughly the same length as the diameter of that same quarter.

I think it might be possible to actually wedge the quarter in to the point that it wouldn’t be removable through normal means, but it was my quarter I was using and I’m too much of a cheap skate to risk the loss. Feel free try it with your own quarter if you really want to find out.

They’re handcrafted of reclaimed hardwoods, whitewashed and sealed. These are basically big functional tables with a simple aesthetic that would fit pretty much everywhere.

They measure 82 inches long and 38 inches wide.

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March 22, 2012

Vintage Homebuilt Sewing Stand



This vintage homemade or high school shop project sewing stand is in good condition. We’re offering it with its contents including lots of bias edging.   There is a removable interior tray and a storage compartment underneath.

Overall it is in good condition and measures about 25 inches tall,  16 inches wide and 16 inches deep.

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March 16, 2012

Cute Child Size Play Kitchen Unit


A plaything is a tool and the outcome is largely dependent upon the input of the parent. It’s impossible to really control what your kid will actually turn out like, but you can influence the potential outcome.

Start now by proscribing your child’s future by instilling ‘traditional values’, or begin creating the world’s next greatest prodigy chef with this child’s size play kitchen unit thing-a-ma-bob.

It features four faux burners, a work top, two drawers and two cabinets (one large and one small) accessed by three drawers.

It is 36 inches wide, 40 inches tall and 18 1/2 inches deep.

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March 7, 2012

Well Loved Little Windsor Chair


One could see this as a future star of one of those ‘badly repaired stuff’ blogs. Or one could see it as an item that was loved or needed and kept well beyond the point when most families would have replaced it.

I prefer to see it as the latter.

I suspect this dates to the period when reusing and recycling wasn’t a fad or political statement but was part of the realities of life.

It started life as a child’s size bent back Windsor chair but over time some of the spindles broke out of the back. But even with broken spindles it is still useful if only . . . there was a way to make it so one could lean against it.

Enter the noble plank.

Some bricoleur had a sort section of board sitting around. All that needed to be done was to carve a groove to match the bent hoop back and find a way to keep it in place.

Although there are many ways of doing this they chose to peg the bottom then glue a piece of thick (probably also recycled) veneer across the gap at the top.

The result may be a bit inelegant but it is surely better than not having a chair at all.

It the aesthetics aren’t quite your style it might make a good vehicle for participation in the Community Warehouse Chair Affair in 2013.

The 2012 Community Warehouse Chair Affair will be held March 15th at 5pm. If you happen to be interested in attending this year’s event (see previews of the art here) you better get cracking since tickets are on track to sell out soon.

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