Here are a few projects undertaken, completed, and forgotten during the hustle and bustle of Christmas. All of the items below were left by the former residents, so they cost us zilch.
BEFORE: These foldable wooden tv tables had large scratches (and some initials) carved into the top. A little bit of sanding took care of the damage.
AFTER: Handy spot to stick a couple baskets o'books. It took a half can of matte cream coloured spray paint for both tables.
BEFORE: Some iron plant holders that had been stashed in our basement. The finish was banged up, and rusting in a few spots.
AFTER: Currently not holding a plant, but a 1960s ice bucket in the shape of a knights' head. Awesome.
AFTER: Close-up of the nickel coloured spray paint we used on both plant holders.
BEFORE: This mirror was hanging in the second floor hallway, and the brown painted finish had chipped away in a few places. I took it outside on a nice day to try my sanding block on a few spots, wondering how tough it would be to bring it down to the wood surface. It was very tough! J took over, removed the mirror from the frame, and sanded for close to 2 hours to remove all of the paint.
AFTER: Many hours of sanding and varnish brought beautiful tones out of the frame, matching nicely with the original wood mantel in the front room. The mirror that had been in this space was a simple, frame-less rectangle (again, left by the sellers), which we've put in the bedroom.
See the hardware on the side? It seems that our 'new' mirror was formerly attached to a dresser, as evidenced by the hardware on the sides.
This label was affixed to the back of the mirror; it reads The Bell Furniture Co. Ltd., Southampton. This factory began production in Ontario in 1907, and ceased work in 1937. It's an antique!
Over at Design Entitlement, they updated a Bell Furniture Co. dresser with a mirror that’s very similar to ours:
Read more about the transformation of this dresser at Design Entitlement.
For more information on The Bell Furniture Co. Ltd., here’s a handy history.