Refurbished Vintage

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Upcycling is the new mantra of many. 
Wikipedia defines upcycling as the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

We are proud to share with you our collection of lake house upcycling projects.  New products were not made from old, but we are quite certain increased environmental value was created on many levels.  The refinished treasures fit cohesively into an eclectic environment of new, antique and vintage finishes, fixtures and furniture. 

The lake house clients spent many a family day tinkering in the garage at the lake.  Prepping, painting and distressing not only fun furniture finds but also working on furniture that has been in their family for years. 

They built and watched their children learn to write using the same table and chairs, they will now watch their grandchildren enjoy on rainy days. 

They have fond memories of a family without a fireplace, where the china cabinet was used to hang the stockings with care. 

Chairs that show wear and tear, from years they sat at the bathroom vanity enduring exposure to the latest hair, makeup and unmentionable teenage trends, get a new lease on life, a new look, and a new location.

We are all familiar with the “furniture suite” concept; there is the living room suite, the dining room suite and the bedroom suite.  This time we were dealing with the coffee table suite.  Unlike the Sears catalogue, only one table from the set of three made the cut.

The taller end table will be refinished and used as a night stand, and the very sturdy and very matching coffee table will be converted into an entry bench with a custom cushion designed for the top.  We believe in repurposing as well as refurbishing and if you are lucky enough to incorporate both, we applaud you. Above all we encourage you to add character and individuality to your home. We strongly recommend you break up those boring “furniture suites”!

After ten years in storage, the Capone table makes its debut.  The Capone table was a big hit with both the student who made it in college and her proud father.  It is named the Capone table due to the concealed liquor cabinet contained within.  Legend has it, Al Capone would send these tables to his rivals as gifts during prohibition.  He would then direct officials to the stash of hidden liquor.

Stained and coated with shellac the Capone table now sees the light of day.

The proud nostalgic smile on the faces of our clients is the increased environmental value we strive for.  We know your environment affects how you feel, and we want your home to be meaningful and delightful.  Making a house your home, we aim for that look in your eye, to trump the feel of the smile on your face.