The Wardrobe (Elevated from an old commode)

Take a little time hunting through my “Repurposed” posts on The New Renaissance Mindset and you’ll find an ambitious project I started last summer. I salvaged this old rundown cabinet that was tossed in the garbage.

The Old Commode before

It was in a pitiful state and I di in fact take pity on it. I dragged it home in a wheelbarrow, with the help if my wife and daughter. We set it down in the driveway and I quickly dove into it. First taking it apart and gently shooing out the wildlife that infested it, then carefully disinfecting it with very hot vinegar water. I sat to dry for a few days in my garage, before I sanded away the warn and gummy layers of shellac. Then it sat in the garage amidst a load of other projects until this Spring.

The Old Commode during

I brought into the house and painted the inside with turquoise chalk paint and went hunting for new handles. A much harder hunt than I expected. So, I used some cool hammered pewter spray paint to transform the handles and knob. I reassembles the whole thing in my foyer where it now stands waiting for our coats, hats, scarves, and visitors approval.

Dimensions: W – 36″ x H – 65.5″ x D – 20.5″

Available to Own: $2,250.00 (shipping and handling not included)


Minimalism With A Twist of Lemon

Bauhaus Minimalist Set

  • Original Materials: Laminated (pine veneer) plywood, with pine legs.
  • Refinished With: Charcoal Black Milk Paint for the drawer faces & sides, Canary Yellow Furniture Paint for inside the drawers, the shelves, and legs.
  • Dimensions: a) Sideboard W – 42″ (107cm), D – 13.75″ (35cm), H – 20″ (50cm); b) Side tables W – 21.5″ (55cm), D – 13.75 (35cm), H – 20″ (50cm).
  • Available to own: $500.00 (plus shipping and handling)

I almost didn’t take this set of sideboard and side tables, because it lacked pizzazz. Something told me there was more to it and since they were small, I grabbed them to see what I could make of them.

It helped greatly that the owner told me the story of their origins: his uncle was a master cabinet maker who came to canada after the Second World War to make a house full of beautiful furniture for his much beloved and soon to be married brother. While simple in design, it is crafter with the precision of a German Engineered car. The hand of the artisan is felt in every joint and hinge. Even the glass tops seem to be hand polished and beveled.

As usual, my wife loved the simple design of them and urged me to work on them right away. By know you know that means, she wanted to keep them somewhere in out home (a.k.a. The Gallery) . So, I started with a good sanding.

The wood came out crisp and clear. It was also clear how thin the veneer was, as the 120 grit sandpaper went easily through it. So, not I had the challenge of making it look clean. I started with stains and finishing waxes, but nothing masked the ruined veneer for me. Oh, well, I’m a perfectionist. Then the voice of un-reason called out to take more chances with it, and I started testing new Chalk paints on them. It turned out even better than I expected. Now they need a new home! Will it be yours?

Curio Cabinet Of Sorts

A Simple Mid-Century Design Brought To Life

Curio Cabinet of sorts 4

  • Original Materials: Solid Teak Wood & Glass
  • Refinished With: Canary Yellow Latex Paint, Minwax Dark Finishing Wax
  • Dimensions: W – 48″ (121cm), D – 11.5″ (29cm), H – 28″ (71cm)
  • Available to own: $850.00 (plus shipping and handling)

Lost in the clutter of a downsizing, this little beauty belonged to the brother of the original manufacturer; A German immigrant who made beautiful cabinetry before the second world war and came to Canada in the fifties to make a better life for himself.

Probably a man before his time, or right in it, as this Mid-Century Modern design has earmarks of Bauhaus design all over it. The joinery is perfect and with a clockmakers precision. There’s more pride in craft in this piece than imaginable. It must be seen to be believed. The only shame is there was no label or mark of the original maker. only the story of the grateful nephew who gave me his uncles impeccable creations along with the story of their creation. This was part of the furnishings to populate their first home, as a wedding gift to his beloved brother. This was the smallest piece he made!

It is so exciting to find ways of bringing out the minute details in the design during the refinishing process. It was gorgeous when I got it. I’m grateful I could give it a little more love and life.


A Very Cute Cabinet (Sold)

The rebirth of a World Traveller

A Cute Cabinet 2

  • Original Materials: Solid Teak Wood & Glass
  • Refinished With: Sage Green & Paynes Grey Latex Paint, Minwax Dark Finishing Wax
  • Dimensions: W – 48″ (121cm), D – 11.5″ (29cm), H – 28″ (71cm)
  • Sold: $1,000.00

All the way from Abu Dhabi, this family heirloom has traveled across time and space, landing in Montreal, Canada almost 30 years ago with the Zukari family.

Well loved and used for years in this form:

Amal's Credenza before

Full of beautiful lines, it had endless possibilities for it’s rebirth as a Mid-Century Modern  piece.