What's old is new

This is my place to show off the items I would call vintage, things I have either refinished or kept as is and find interesting. I am still a kid at heart bringing home what some might call junk and am always in search of that buried treasure. I am not a picker and I am not a hoarder, working with my hands on my own time repairing or refinishing the things I find brings me peace of mind and time to myself to contemplate whatever has transpired in my life or time to just zone out and concentrate on the task at hand. Some items for sale or possible trade just ask..click on my profile and send me an email.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

thought of the day

No pics just a thought. What if there were a collective of people from your own or adjacent area codes or farther out who all dig vintage stuff, are into thrift stores, yard sales, salvage/scrap yards, landfill re-use stores etc who all could get together on one site and post things they were looking for and either trade or reimburse for the cost of the item plus postage or fuel for delivery to the person who makes "the find". Would that be utopia or Eden or the great garage sale in the sky. Does it already exist? Is there one blog or bulletin board out there already that I haven't discovered? E-bay is all right for looking and Etsy has a cool vibe but nothing beats the thrill of the hunt digging through shelves or piles of stuff in that favorite second hand shop, throwing elbows and slamming carts together as you spy someone else eyeballing that one cool piece. A collective of like minded individuals all out there hunting for you for that one thing you must have, wouldn't that be great? Or would it take the fun out it and ruin that giddy child like feeling of Christmas morning every time you pass the favorite shop and crack your wallet open to see if you have ten bucks and how far you can stretch it?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

H.Krug Office Chair-Mission Style Desk

Love my new(umm-old) oak office chair, I have seen these listed anywhere from $60-$120. I won't tell what I paid but if the price range I outlined is Major League then what I paid would be Little League or T-ball. Cha Ching more money in pocket for more stuff. I would date this from 1930-1940 and it may be a little older, H.Krug has been around longer but prior to 1916 Kitchener was called Berlin so going by the tag I'd date it after that. Eventually I'd like to do a full and thorough restoration on the desk and chair and the newer caster wheels will be replaced by originals that I have. If I haven't mentioned the desk before it's solid oak Mission Style Library table that is designed for two people to sit at as the single drawer slides open from either side, I've seen these range in price from around $300-$1200 and sometimes more but it depends if it has makers name attached and the particular style. This desk has no name attached but the style is appealing.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Robinson Ransbottom Mixing Bowls

In the pictures it's hard to make it out but the stamp on the bottom says "RRP Co, Roseville Ohio, these are in nice condition and still usable. The green has a chip on the edge about 1/8 of inch in size and the brown is perfect. Robinson Ransbottom were in the pottery and brick making business from 1900 to 2005. I'm not sure on the age of these but if I had to guess just looking at the glaze, style and weight of these I'd say around 1940's.

FAB Trays

"FAB" trays the fab stands for fabric, popular in the 1970's and earlier and shipped throughout north america they were made in Barrie, Ont until the oil crisis in the 70's made the oil based resin to expensive to continue making them, they are actual pieces of fabric sealed in the resin. Perfect for serving on the deck or back yard party they add plenty of colour to the d├ęcor

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bedroom Makeover

YEAH! the headboard is done and now have an accent wall, covered the box spring in a mattress slip from Value Village. The frame for the headboard is an old wood industrial storm window and the tin is reclaimed pressed tin ceiling panels. I scrapped the tin and frame to get loose paint off but left most on for a textured look the wall colour is a matte finish so I painted the frame semi gloss in the same colour to contrast and not blend in totally. Before and afters are here.Side tables are now painted but now I think I'd like to change the colour of the tin to a copper finish instead of bronze.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mahogany table-Yugoslavian lounge chairs

I dismantled stripped and refinished the mahogany table and am in the process of doing the same to the chairs. The light coloured chair is finished the dark is not. Both have been exposed to weather so the wood is grey in spots which could have been remedied with stain to make it all the same, the finished one was really rough and while not perfect I'm happy with it, I have the original brown vinyl cushions and they are like new they just need a light wash and a little Armour All. Both chairs are done, I'm content with them for my own use on the patio (they are sooo comfortable) but if I was to sell I might try to stain or sand out some the grey that sun and weather has damaged. The wood is still very much solid though.


The Big Ben is a project, it's been repainted it works but needs a new hour hand, the Allegro is from the former USSR it's got a broken part so it's decoration and a bit of history for now, the Bugler has been repainted, a pair of Chinesse Polaris clocks a Rensie travel alarm and some others all work but the Allegro.

Pinups-Cigarette Cards-VARGA postcards-Bettie Paige prints

Vargas, Cigarette cards, post cards and repro Betty Paige pics