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).
  • Retail Price: $500.00

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?


The Funky Sock Set Of Drawers

Well, where else would you put your funky socks?

Old side table commode

This little guy may have been left neglected in some basement for years, but it practically shouted out what it wanted to become when I saw it on the side of the road: “I want to be loved and I’ll even be a special set of drawers for your socks!”

I wonder if it knew I had an obsession with crazy socks that drives my all too understanding wife to question my taste in clothing.

  • Original Materials: Solid Maple Wood
  • Refinished With: Robyn’s Egg Blue Milk Paint for the drawer faces & Peach Furniture Paint for inside the drawers. The wood is coated with MinWax Dark Finishing Wax. The drawer handles have been replaced with brushed nickel knobs
  • Dimensions: W – 15″ (38cm), D – 13.75″ (35cm), H – 26″ (66cm)
  • Retail Price: $225.00

I couldn’t find any branding marks and the remnants of the old label was faded beyond recognition. It appears to be from the early half of the twentieth century, however the handles that I found on it don’t appear to be original either. They are cast brass in a craftsman style. It’s conceivable this little dresser is much older.

Despite it’s obvious state of  neglect, it was without water stains, dents, or chipping of any kind, and the inside of the drawers were clean and dry. Someone at some time loved this little guy and kept him healthy.

I think it would also make a fun and unique little side table with a crazy lamp on it to contrast the simple elegance of it.