Furniture Rehab: Turning Cast-Offs Into Family Heirlooms – Antique Restoration and Repair

Restoring second hand furniture.

My husband and I started our family shortly after graduating from university, so there was never really a time when we had extra money for things like interior decorating. Our apartments were furnished with hand-me-downs gathered from generous family and friends, and we were totally fine with that. Years later, with the advent of FreecycleRead more

Refurbished Freebies and Integration Questions

I was in the city last week delivering eggs to a friend, when I spotted some weathered but otherwise decent ¬†wicker chairs sitting out by the dumpster. I’ve been looking for something like this to put on our bedroom deck, so I nabbed them. In need of a little TLC. ¬† I bought a coupleRead more

Restoration

I’ve been living for the past year and a half with a dresser that only has two functioning drawers. The gliders for the other four have lost all of the little ball bearings that are supposed to make them slide smoothly in and out, and they’ve seized into a permanent state of not-quite-open/not-quite-closed. If I’mRead more

The Doors

We started the long process of refinishing our reclaimed doors a month or so ago, and I thought I’d talk a little bit about what’s worked for us and what hasn’t. We started out giving the doors just a light sanding thinking that we’d rough the surface up a bit in preparation for priming andRead more