A few years ago, I discovered a product for reviving worn wood that I can't believe I didn't know about sooner. It took the recommendations of two different vintage furniture dealers before I tried it, but now it's an essential step for fixing up any tired-looking wood furniture that comes into my house. Best of all, this miracle-in-a-can is affordable, easy to find, and easy to use. Read on if you're ready to give it a try (or let my "after" photos of the chair above convince you if you think it sounds too good to be true!).
I'm currently living in a home that has most likely been painted at least every 2 years since the 50s. The paint-history totally shows on all the door knobs, playing out in accidental swipe marks and drips. If you were to peek behind the knobs you could literally see the years play out in paint layers, with many of those layers ending up on the hardware itself. They say it's the details that create the big picture, and after seeing how sleeker my hardware looks after stripping it, I have to agree. While you might not feel like painted-over hinges and handles are worth the effort of restoring, it's amazing how fresh and new your home will feel. I tried out three different methods of removing old paint from hardware, and am here to tell you what worked. I'll walk you through what I did, what I learned, and what the pros and cons are of each method.
Photo Images: Kevin Oreck, Architect Inc.
It's all in the details. Yesterday CocoCozy, my west coast go-to blog, featured knock out photos by her buddy, L.A. architect Kevin Oreck in her Architect's Tour of a Hollywood Regency Home. Decked out cabinet door trim makes these cabinets supremely cool, the three simple white bowls with red fruit add a colorful splash of friction (other subtle red accents below) and that green upholstery on those Regency chairs...lovely!!
A couple in Kyloe, Northumberland bought a historical church and Curblied it up. Big time. They chose to restore it rather than renovate it, which would have been much cheaper. As it is, the church maintains its churchiness but with a homey interior. (The only thing that kinda creeps me out is the cemetery in the front yard.) Here's a few pics, but you can see more on this page.
Aurora Lampworks of Brooklyn, NY is in the business of restoring chandeliers in places such as the Lyndhurst Mansion and the Federal Reserve Bank. They also refurbish and market period pieces as well.
Currently up for sale are a 1960's Lobmeyr Crystal Chandelier ($3550),
a 1950's German 14 light chandelier ($1830),
and a 1930's Art Moderne chrome fixture ($2425).
And for the fugal purist, check out this polycarbonate globe pendant for 75 bucks.