Latest furniture restoration and apple blossom time …

21/05/2013 § 14 Comments

I’ve been busy revamping tables.  Firstly, a nest of fairly nondescript but very useful tables that we use every day …

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before – boring, but useful

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after – duck egg blue and still very useful

then, my wool cupboard in the studio …

before - cheap & cheerful pine

before – cheap & cheerful pine

after - old white with romantic vintage panels

after – old white with romantic vintage panels

The cupboard is now back in the studio and brimming over with wools.  At the weekend I bought a very tired little oak drop-leaf table.  I uummmm’ed and arghhhhhh’ed over what to do with it.  The lines are clearly 1930’s and it’s extremely well made.  I had a hunch that beneath all that dark staining and old polish was lurking some beautiful oak …

before - tired oak drop-leaf table

before – tired oak drop-leaf table

some investigation was needed on one leaf

some investigation was needed on one leaf

This wood was much too good to cover up with any paint treatment.  I painstakingly worked to remove all the layers of gunk and my arm was really aching by the time I’d finished the treatment last night …

1930's drop-leaf oak table

1930’s drop-leaf oak table

just look at the grain in that wood

just look at the grain in that wood

I’m SOOoooooo pleased with this piece.  That’s my grandmother’s Chinese biscuit barrel on top – full of her buttons – and from the same era!  That’s the one my grandfather used to empty out to teach me how to count.  It makes me feel quite  – well, something indescrible – whenever I touch it.  I haven’t known quite where to keep it, but now it has a proper home on this special little table.

“I’ll be with you in apple blossom time …” 

That song fills my head whenever our apple trees are in full and glorious blossom.  I hope you can imagine the delicate scent and the magical feeling of confetti petals falling whenever there’s a breath of a breeze as you sit on the bench with a morning cuppa …

apple blossom

apple blossom

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busy bee gathering pollen

busy bee gathering pollen

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my constant garden companion

my constant garden companion

Flora Puddleduck

Flora Puddleduck

What have you been up to?  It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK this weekend so we’re hoping for some more lovely warm sunshine, just like the holiday a few weeks ago.  Fingers crossed?

Adaliza x

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§ 14 Responses to Latest furniture restoration and apple blossom time …

  • Your drop leaf table is beautiful in its natural state. I’ve never seen a biscuit barrel and it is very pretty as well as holding fond memories. And, I wish I had a garden companion while planting veggies, dividing perennials and weeding. 🙂

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  • adaliza says:

    Flora is funniest when I’m sorting out the pots in the garden – she gobbles up any creepy crawlies from under the pots! Yum!

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  • Your re-furbishing looks really great. Very inspirational too. I have garden assistants – 3 of them. Unfortunately, one of them like sot eat worms! Hope you have a good week.

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  • The little tables and your new wool cabinet are lovely, but the drop leaf table is gorgeous. The workmanship really shows now you’ve stripped it back.

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  • Sarah says:

    I love your furniture restoration especially the cupboard with the panels. We have had so much blossom this year too I think it is going to be a good year for apples.
    Sarah x

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  • Thriftwood says:

    You’ve just prompted me to go out and pick some apple blossom! Bit disappointing, it didn’t smell at all …

    Love your painted furniture, the cupboard is fab, and the little table looks great now you’ve polished it up.

    Love Claire xx

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  • Gertie says:

    More great makeovers. I love what you did with the cupboard – and the drop leaf table is stunning. Just goes to show what can be achieved with patience and elbow grease….

    I love apple blossom. It’s so pretty. Flora looks like she’s enjoying herself xx

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  • Auntie Shan says:

    oh! THANK YOU, for *NOT* painting that Lovely OAK! — “Painting” is for PINE. Everything ELSE, just a nice Protective “Stain”… And, great Restoration Job, too! — BTW, those Drop-Leaves, they’re “Single”-Broad-Board, aren’t they? Was difficult to really tell in the photo…

    ;-D You know, I was hoping to see a Pic of “THE STASH” that was going into the Cupboard…

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  • adaliza says:

    I’ll show you in my wool cupboard very soon! It’s seriously full!!

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  • Linda Shultz Bowton says:

    i love your ‘elbow grease’ finish on the drop-leaf!!!
    ^)^ linda

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  • I love how you did the wool cupboard – and I was hoping for a peek inside too!! I have some horrible pine chest of drawers just begging to be made over – I feel quite inspired to try now!!

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  • adaliza says:

    I did the whole restoration by hand – stripped it back with glass, then waxed it many times. I keep looking at it – I really do love it!

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  • Nicole says:

    You have made me think of having a go at an old dressing table which is in the garage with cans of paint on!

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  • adaliza says:

    Hi – have a go! Annie Sloan paints are awesome and really easy to use. Let me know how you get on.

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