Restoration

Modifying Modern Furniture: Lessons Learned – Part 1

Five years ago I needed a computer desk but was unable to find something suitable in my antique buying travels.  Antique furniture, and desks in particular, are difficult to find in a correct size.  Remember that we are taller/larger today than our recent ancestors, and we are also richer in material...

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Painting Tips from the Antiquarian

You end up doing a lot of painting when you restore antiques.  Tips and tricks abound, but I thought it might be a good idea to share some basic concepts so my followers can jump start their painting.  I’m going to cover painting cast iron and sheet metal because...

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Victorian Rococo Revival

Queen Victoria’s reign lasted many years and the era that bears her name spans from the early 1800’s through the turn of the century.  Styles changed during that period so saying you like Victorian era furniture actually covers a number of different furniture styles.  For this post I’ll focus on the French Rococo Revival...

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Documenting Progress

I’ve been restoring antiques since 1992.  In that time we’ve seen tremendous change in our world:  the rise of the internet, cell phones, email, text, social media, GPS navigation, and digital photography just to name a few.  Music transitioned from tape to CD to digital download.  Stealth became American military philosophy...

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About Those Sewing Machines…

During the recent market crash of ’08, antiques hit bottom dollar and I crossed off most of the items on my Antique Bucket List.  However, I have a special affinity for hand cranked and treadle powered tools.  The market was bad, so why not add a few sewing machines to the mix,...

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