Major Restoration

It is always a thrill to find a rare piece of furniture in need of restoration but the amount of work involved can be intimidating.  When I found this Adrian Pearsall 2315-C sofa it had been sitting out in the weather and nearly all of the color had been bleached out of the walnut frame.  

We meticulously sanded each piece of the frame removing all of the discolored layers of wood.  We then stained the walnut frame with dark walnut Danish oil and replaced all of the Pirelli webbing.

Lastly we made cushions with all new foam and fabric.

All of the hard work was worth it.  It was a joy to bring life back to this beautiful sofa

We are always on the hunt for Broyhill Brasila furniture.  This lowboy dresser with two single arch mirrors sold quickly.

American walnut credenza with sliding doors.

American mid century lounge chair upholstered in Pendleton wool.

Mid century oak frame lounge chair.


Time Flies ...

Time has flown by for us this fall and it has been two months since our last post.  We have completed  two cool projects this week.  The first is a gondola sofa that we upholstered in a deep blue modern fabric.  It can be difficult to predict what upholstery people will be attracted to but I think that this is one that someone should like right away.                                                         



Secondly we found and refinished this very rare maple and iron nesting table set designed by Paul McCobb for the "Planner Group" line by Winchedon.

I have had this chair in storage for over a year.  Maple can be difficult to refinish without leaving sanding marks.  I had refinished it once before but was not happy with the results.  I sanded it a second time and used a lighter stain and it came out looking really good.  We made new cushions for it using Pendleton wool.

This oak lounge chair appears to be handmade.  It is made of 100% solid oak rather than having webbing or springs in the seat.

In October we redesigned our living room to make it a little more kid friendly.  We replaced most of our living room furniture with and eight piece sectional.  Two pieces from our home that we sold were this Adrian Pearsall gondola sofa and Jens Quistgaard teak tray table.


Lastly here are a couple other chairs that we recently upholstered and sold.



More In Store

We finished out the summer by finding several van loads of furniture.  We haven't even gotten around to photographing all of it but here is a sneak peek of what we have photographed so far.

This pair of Japanese teak lounge chairs was an incredible find.  We made new cushions for them and repaired one of the seat decks.  They sold in just 2 days!

Another fantastic find was this solid teak guitar pick side table by Gustav Bahus.  It also sold along with the lounge chairs.

This Bruksbo teak record caddy is a show piece for any vintage vinyl collector.

I cut the plinth base off of this Danish credenza and added hairpin legs to give it an even more modern look.


This petite Danish rolltop desk provides a lot of storage in a small space.


Lastly we picked up a couple sofas the are now available for custom upholstery!  The gondola sofa looks great in this picture but it has some smells that can only be gotten rid of by replacing the upholstery.





The Iceberg

On monday I posted about several of the refinishing projects that we had completed recently.  Well that was just the tip of the iceberg.  We have found and restored many other pieces during this same period of time.  Here are some of our favorite recent finds.

I recently found this very rare 1979 Apple Computer Pascal poster.  It has a very interesting history.  Recently the original creator of this chart, Jef Raskin, wrote an article explaining the backstory of this piece.  It is now up for auction on eBay and is ending today (8/22/18) at 7:15pm PST.  Here is a link to the listing : Link

"When Brian Howard and I were writing the Pascal Manual for Apple Computer, I discovered that the syntax chart that had been published with previous Pascal books was incorrect. With some effort and attention, I created a new and correct syntax chart, and had the brainstorm to use color to aid in understanding the structure. In each place that a new syntactic unit appeared, I made it in a unique color, and then the graphic definition of that unit was in the same color. This allowed a programmer to quickly scan the chart to find an answer to whatever question they might have about Pascal syntax.

I made up a color poster, and soon it was over every programmer's desk at Apple.

Steve Jobs decided that the poster would be a good marketing tool for Pascal -- and I completely agreed. He said that he'd have a professional artist redraw it in a 3D style, and went away with one of the posters. I suggested that Jobs have the artist talk to me to make sure that the concept behind the chart was understood, and Jobs said that he would, of course, do that.

In typical Steve Jobs style, he didn't get the artist in touch with me, and he never informed me that the project was proceeding. In fact, he never told the artist where the chart had come from, only to take the original and make it more attractive. The artist had no idea of the functional aspect of the colors, and assigned colors at pleasure, losing much of the utility of the chart. When Jobs brought the chart to show me how it came out, I told him that the colors no longer conveyed the information intended. They didn't make sense. He blithely told me that he had already had thousands printed, that what counted was that it looked a lot better than my original, and he strode off unconcerned. With Jobs' usual appreciation of appearances over functionality, no longer did the chart credit my work, but he made sure that the artist's signature appeared.

The poster was 22 by 34 inches and printed on heavy stock, with a flat black background and semi-gloss colors. Not having a scanner large enough for the job, this image was reproduced by shooting the chart with a digital camera.
-- Jef"



We also found and refurbished this Grete Jalk loveseat.  We replaced the upholstery but it has the original inner spring cushions // Sold




Another very rare find was this Harry Lunstead copper top dining table with bronze base.  This table is stunning in person and incredibly heavy // Sold




We also found one of our favorite benches.  We completely refinished it and reupholstered it in Pendleton wool // Sold

We also found an amazing pair of modern wall hangings.


Lastly, we found this incredible table lamp.  It has a wonderful mix of brass and ceramic detail.  We rewired it and found a lampshade that was a great match for it.

Restored

Lately we have been putting more of a focus on wood refinishing.  The more I do the more confident I get in taking on difficult projects.  Recently the result of each project has exceeded our expectations.  Here are three wood restoration projects that we have completed over the last two weeks.

When I found this desk I feared that is was damaged beyond repair.  I was afraid that the cup rings and scratches had gone completely through the teak veneer.  There were also several veneer chips and the center drawer was broken into five pieces.  The restoration went even better than I had hoped.  I was able to remove all of the discoloration,remove nearly all of the scratches, and blend in the chips!





 This giant Danish dining table had some light surface damage but I thought it would be worth it to refinish it and get it looking as perfect as possible.  The process went well and it sold quickly.


Lastly, we refinished this Dux side table.  The finish on the table had become very cloudy and it was difficult to see the woodgrain.  Once the table was refinished the woodgrain was clear and vibrant again.  It has been sold


Super Pick!

This weekend I went on a 300 mile picking trip and found a whole van load of furniture.


This Poali rocking chair is one of our favorite chairs to find.  It was exciting to find this one.  It was sold immediately.


Another great find was this huge Danish teak dining table // Sold

Without the two leafs it contracts into a hexagon.

Teak queen headboard by Westnofa . We have never had one of these but this weekend we found two!

Swedish walnut & beech side table by Dux

Danish rosewood bar cart.

Lastly, we reupholstered this set of 6 teak dining chairs // Sold