A New Addition

Hello, this is our first post since February.  We have been distracted from our usual routine due to the birth of our second daughter, Lucy Rose!  Here she is, just a few days old, pictured with her big sister Ellie.

Although the pregnancy and birth did slow us down a little we were still able to hunt down and find some great pieces.  Here are a few highlights from the past few months.

I am always very drawn to the bold and imaginative design of Norwegian furniture.  I found these two Westnofa lounge chairs and ottomans 300 miles apart.  Each one has the original leather cushions and they are in excellent condition. 

We are always on the hunt for Broyhill Brasilia furniture.  This dining set need a lot of work but it was all worth it in the end as it sold very quickly

Here is a picture of the dining table before refinishing.

This Drexel Declaration hutch was another fun project.  It needed refinishing, new pulls, new glass doors and new shelves.  Here is the final result of all of that work.  It sold quickly as well.

Curtis Jere sculptures are a nice way to decorate your walls in a mid century home.  This enormous sculpture is 60" wide and 48"tall!

Lastly we refinished and reupholstered yet another teak dining set.  It also has been sold.

 Thanks to everyone who bought these pieces!  It is a joy to be able to work for ourselves while being present in the lives of our growing children.

Frozen February

The month of February in Portland has been cold, wet, and frozen but that hasn't slowed us down.  We have acquired and finish several great projects.  Here are a few of our favorites from the past couple weeks.  

We are always on the hunt for Paoli lounge chairs.  They have a great design and are very comfortable.  One of them is a rocking chair and the other is a lounge chair.  We reupholstered them in a nice soft gray Pendleton wool // Sold

Secondly, we found our first rosewood dining table.  It was designed by Henning Kjaernulf for Vejle Mobelfabrik.  The refinishing went very well and the woodgrain looks amazing!

Recently our biggest seller has been dining sets.  Here is the set that we most recently refinished and reupholstered // Sold

Another fantastic find was this Danish teak credenza and hutch.  It did not need any refinishing but we cut the plinth base off and added hairpin legs to give it an even more modern look.  It sold within just a couple hours of being for sale!

 Lastly, We found a lounge chair that had a hilariously bad upholstery job.  We removed that upholstery to find the original upholstery beneath it.  The original upholstery had a neat retro look but it was very worn.  We replaced it with a nice modern orange fabric.

Projects, Projects, Projects

We've been working hard on one project after another.  Here are before and after pictures of each piece.  

This was our favorite project of the lot.  We took a survey on Instagram to help decide which Pendleton wool jacquard we should use.  I think our followers made a great choice.  The solid walnut frame came out looking great too // Sold

This Danish teak table set was an amazing find.  Complete living room table sets usually sell quickly for us.  I was afraid that some of the discoloration on the coffee table might not come out fully but the refinishing went great.

When I found this dining table I was amazed by the woodgrain but dismayed by the condition.  The refinishing went pretty well but sadly there was a little wear that could not be fully restored // Sold

Lastly we reupholstered and refinished this Paoli loveseat and it sold right away!

So Much Teak!

We have gotten off to a great start in 2019!  On January 1st we picked up an amazing Danish dining room set including a 104" long dining table, 8 chairs, a tambour door credenza, and a solid teak bar cart.  We reupholstered the chairs and refinished all of the wood.  The dining set and credenza sold right away!

Another interesting piece that we picked up was this Danish rocking chair by Frank Reenskaug.  We made new cushions for it from Pendleton wool and installed new Pirelli webbing.

Lastly we found and refinished a very rare Norwegian teak and oak butterfly leaf dining table by Alfred Sand.  The table has a 30" long folding butterfly leaf that stores inside of the table and allows it to extend from 70"-100"

New Year, New Van

We have started off 2019 with a bang!  Over the past 7 years we have used a Toyota T-100, Chevy Astro Van, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Odyssey to move furniture.  Each one was helpful in its own way but we have never had a vehicle that perfectly suited out cargo hauling needs.  On December 31st we picked up a 2017 Ford Transit T-250.  It seems to be just what we needed to take things to the next level.  The very next day I was able to head out and pick up a 12 piece dining room set. It all fit in the van very comfortably.   

We also welcomed in the new year by completing our first caning project.  Although we have upholstered hundreds of pieces of furniture we had never done any cane repair.  This project was a real learning experience.  By the time I finished the eighth chair back I felt like I finally understood all of the techniques involved.  It is great to have acquired a new restoration skill.

This fun find is a step away from modern and towards Hollywood regency.  There is a growing trend of mixing modern and Hollywood regency design.  We are looking forward to incorporating more glamorous piece with our modern furniture if we can find more like this one. 

Our big upholstery project over the last couple weeks was this pair of Scandinavian lounge chairs.  We upholstered them in a pine green fabric that feels right at home in the Pacific Northwest.

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 // Sold

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 // Sold

American mid century lounge chair upholstered in Pendleton wool.

Mid century oak frame lounge chair // Sold

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.