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.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Yard Work-New Foundry Patterns-Missed Shows ETC,ETC

locking stone boarder in place now for mulch, grass seed and new plants

more locking stone boarder and a Rose Of Sharon to be planted

New umbrella and Steel Motel chairs (still waiting for there fresh lime green paint)
Slavic chairs I refinished
Foundry pattern I'd like to make a table(uncleaned)



More patterns freshly scrubbed

just a sample of my fav salvage yard (10 acres of salvage heaven) lots of pastel coloured bathroom fixtures. These old buses and shipping containers are jammed full of everything you could imagine plus a yard full of industrial steel what nots.

This past Saturday May 26 was the first of the twice a year "Christie Conservation Area Antique Show & Sale". Its 10acres and over 300 vendors of awesome and I totally bailed on it http://www.conservationhamilton.ca/christie-antique-show. My girlfriend has been volunteering for a young girls group and Saturday was a 10km run that was part of that, I could have gone to the show myself but I know she likes it as well so instead I did something she hates and went scrambling thru a fav salvage yard digging thru junk and doo-doo to find some neat things, then spent the rest of the weekend fixing some botched gardens and cleaning up around the yard. I'm thinking I might make a short table out of the round pattern and get glass cut for it, the others I'll sell individually.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Chinese Boy & Girl Chalk Ware

I've been crazy busy trying to refinish a Dining room set and some other chairs I have, but in between while waiting for coats of finish to dry I manage to finish some other projects like the lamps in my last post. I have little time to find new things but I did find these pieces of chalk ware, while not high style they have kitschy appeal to them and they are green my fav colour. I'd like to hang them up but the GF squashed that, oh well sacrifice is the price you pay for love. I managed to take down the headboard I made and repaint the panels white since the bronze paint I applied didn't suit anything. The duvet cover I got on sale at The Bay the stripe pillow cases from the Dollar store and brand new still sealed in the original bag goose down feather pillows from Value Village (Three huge scores for the boudoir) the small orange stripe oval pillows I made with fabric from Value Village.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pairpoint Dolphin Lamp - Antique Floor Lamp

Finally got around to cleaning tons of crude off what might be one of my favourite lamps (Dolphin). Not sure why dolphins there actually fish. I'm glad I did it proper and took it apart as someone had spliced and taped the original cloth wiring onto some newer wiring in the column. So I scrubbed with vinegar and toothbrush, rewired and removed a goofy makeshift washer that was added. I'll never be able to afford a signed original hand painted glass shade (not that I like them much) but I really like the black cloth one I found.                       

The floor lamp must have been in a barn or garage, the cloth wiring smelled like rat urine and inside the tri-light was packed with bugs. I totally dismantled the entire light separating the base the column and the light head then wiped down with WD-40 to remove gunk and rust, rewired and replaced one switch. Just picked up the fibreglass shade at the market which alone cost me more than I paid for both  lamps.