June 7, 2012
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).
June 6, 2012
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.
May 18, 2012
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.
April 15, 2012
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.
March 22, 2012
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.
March 16, 2012
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.
March 7, 2012
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.
December 16, 2011
As he climbed into bed every night Moses Leadpaint would peel a chip off the old dressing table that belonged to his grandmother.
The paint tasted sweet and slightly chalky, like her cookies. He’d fall asleep contented and warm in the knowledge that he’d never learn algebra.
Vintage shabby dressing table. It looks like someone undertook a refinishing project and gave up part way through. I rather like the way it looks now but you could continue the project and refinish this and have a nice little piece.
Given the age of this piece some of the paint is probably lead paint. As such you shouldn’t use it as-is around children. If you don’t have children then you could consider sealing and repainting the item although it isn’t a long term solution. Ideally you’d follow the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s preferred remedy and have the lead paint removed entirely.
It is 38 1/2 inches wide, 20 inches deep and 62 inches tall to the top of the mirror. It is in good structural condition too.