Thursday, January 20, 2011

An Elegant Antique Set

We were fortunate enough to come across this beautiful set last week.

The table and six chairs--including an arm chair.

We cleaned it up, refinished the tabletop, and reupholstered the chairs in this gorgeous fabric we found at JoAnn's (50% off...yipee!)

She's already in place in the store. This was one of the best turnaround projects we've done to date. We picked it up on Sunday, worked hard on it for two days, and had it looking like this and into the store yesterday before lunchtime.

I've learned so many things since taking on this little space almost nine months ago. But, truly, one of the secrets to "making it" is trying to turn your finds around quickly.

Buy 'em, fix 'em up and make them look pretty, and then put them on the floor where someone can purchase them.

The faster the better.

We are proud of the end product and the great time frame we worked with.

We did a bit of research on the furniture manufacture for this set.

It was the Gregory Furniture Company. They did business in Tacoma, WA from 1916-1941. So....the youngest this table could be is 70 years old and possibly as old as 90 plus years.

It was in pretty amazing condition considering the age.

We found these books earlier in the week while digging at the thrift store.

Somehow they just belonged here displayed on the table. They are from the 30's-40's.

Don't you just love the covers?

Here's a few "before" shots in the garage....

As you can see, they chairs were structurally very sound and only needed a deep0 cleaning and a little work with some steel wool and
Restor-A-Finish in the Golden Oak shade.

The table top was pretty rough....lots of deep scratches, burn marks and water stains.

Can you believe how great it looks now?

Although I love to paint furniture, and in some instances, that is the best way to give it a new life.....

Finding grand antiques like this one and bringing them back to as close to their original grandeur as possible is so gratifying.

Who knew work could be so much fun?

Happy Thursday to's to rescuing more treasures like this one!

1 comment:

  1. Cori,
    Beautiful set. But I have to in the world did you get that photo from above the booth? I would have to be a trapeze artist to get a shot like that of my booth.
    Have a Wonderful week!


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