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Friday, April 18

New Legs!

Another Thrift Store find. Kind of an odd piece. Heavy too. I sanded, stained and clear coated it. I wasn't impressed with the mix of different grade solid wood, particle board and veneer that this thing was put together with. But in the end it turned out pretty cool. I removed the original footing and replaced with a set of Hairpin legs that proved to be a perfect match for this cabinet. 
Tip to clean brass - make a paste of vinegar and baking soda. 
I think this one is a keeper.
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Wednesday, April 16

Little Retro Nightstand

Fun find from Salvation Army Thrift Store. It doesn't have much substance as far as quality and material goes. But the wire legs gave it character. Light sanding, new coat of paint and then I hand drew the wood pattern on it. Currently for sale.
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Worker's Bed Makeover

During a road trip to Upstate New York last summer, I popped into few local antique shops. And that's how this heavy, over hundred years old bed found its way to our truck.
I gotta thank a very good friend helping me with the excruciating sanding job. But it was well worth it. Definitely a keeper.
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Monday, June 24

Ikea's Adjustable Bench

As I was "dumpster diving" at IKEA's "As is" section, I grabbed this foot for instant gratification. Cut a plywood circle, built a cushion and sewed a gray wool cover with a yellow trim on it.  It rotates and can be adjusted.. how fun :)
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Monday, December 3

Lonely Nightstand

There is never a pair to be found. Those little mid-century night-stands always come as singles at the Thrift Store.
So I did it a favor and now it lives in my bedroom, quite happy and doesn't even miss a mate.
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Tuesday, June 19

60's Modern Dresser

This one was pretty beat up and legs needed to be repaired. It got sanded, stained and clear coated. The original hardware was cool. SOLD (Delivered to Brooklyn of course)
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Tuesday, May 29

Happy Danish Modern

This 60's Wenger style teak lounge chair was a fun job to do. Wish I kept it..
I used jute webbing to replace the bottom support and made cushions using vintage tapestry.
SOLD
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Lesson Learned

It was silly of me to get these chairs from the Thrift Store because I'm having hard time selling them.
Altho stuff with coffee sacks sells pretty well. Got 50 bucks at the Garage sale for all my hard work and a lesson not to buy ugly chairs.
SOLD
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Bizarre Table/Lamp

One of my friends smuggled this weirdness into my car after our dinner. "make something out of it" The table was made of kind of plaster covered plywood. So there was really nothing much I could do besides painting it black. I sanded the rough and broken areas, dismantled the lamp, used BIN spray primer and then applied matte black spray paint.
SOLD
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Tuesday, May 15

Industrial Wall


I have loved these walls for over 10 years now, since they started popping up in interior magazines. Better late then never, I thought, and decided to "invent a bicycle" since there is not a single tutorial on the Internet on how to achieve the same results. Unless I order fake paneling from Europe.

We got a sheet of Drywall. Cut it to the blocks according to our design. Then measured the holes and used a circular drill bit to pre-cut the holes. Then we glued and screwed the pieces of drywall on the wall.
I used Gray Concrete Patch (It doesn't shrink!) and spackled the whole wall. The holes needed to be done twice since it cracked overnight. Basically, a good steady hand is needed for applying the top coat. Especially on the corners. For the ridges we used a grooving tool. 
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Also this vintage walnut linen cabinet got a new face - this is "Before" I stripped it down and applied Danish Oil

Wednesday, February 29

Second Bathroom Makeover

We haven’t completely moved into our newly finished bathroom. But finished it finally is  After 3 years! All the work – Me and Brian (mostly Brian) and my uncle Uno helped with sheetrock and friend Karel helped gutting. We only hired a plumber to do the pipes.
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 So we totally gutted the place..
We gained extra space by using a built-in cabinet from the room next to the bathroom. We insulated the walls, covered with plastic, sheetrocked, spackled, painted, installed tile on the floor, installed a tub, Brian built a box around the tub, also a drawer on wheels for storage. Brian did all electric wiring and built “floating shelves”. We tiled the box and the walls, new sink from Ikea.
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 Mirror from the Thrift Store $2.99
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Monday, December 5

Bullseye Tables

This weekend I came across two plain round tables for our "man-cave"
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Monday, October 3

Sikes Chair

On our way back from the rafting trip by Delaware, we stopped by at the antique shop on the way as usual. Saw the chair and bought it for $15 bucks. Later when I decided to work on it, I found a stamp underneath and did some research. Could be over 100 years old.
After applying the stain I was amazed at the contrasty pattern that formed due to a very old dense wood. I used a simple reinforced burlap to cover the new seat veneer.
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A photographer friend Katrina Tang used my chair in her photo-shoot. 

Vintage Corner Table

With this one I got off with a rough start. Originally I wanted to glue wooden cookies all along the curved edge, making it look like a welded bolts. But the ones I ordered online (Awesome source by the way http://www.americanwoodcrafterssupply.com), were too big, soo I changed my plan and glued them to the feet. Even better? Then I had trouble get the paint stick to the laminated top. Had to sand everything off again and start over with a right primer! If anyone ever wants to paint laminate, this is your product! make sure to sand it first and clear coat at the end.
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Little Rustic Fantastic Ottoman

I wanted to finish off all my coffee sacks and this was the last of them. The look goes awesomely with my rustic glam theme for this show in October