Category Archives: Before and After

Before and After: The Long, Long Sofa

As much as I really love finding mid-century furniture in amazing original condition, there’s a special kind of a joy that comes from bringing a wonderful piece back from the dead. For me, most of the time these end up being refinished wood pieces. I never get tired of it, but I also know what […]

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Before and After: Amputee Hutch

Time and time again I fall victim to the pity buy. That sad, forlorn piece of furniture that really doesn’t seem worth the work of restoration but you just know will fall victim to the merciless wrath of the shabby chic army if left behind. That’s the story of this hutch. I found it sitting in […]

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Before and After: Mid Century Bookshelves

When it comes to sprucing up vintage furniture, sometimes small changes make a big difference. Every day I see people chalk painting or aggressively altering vintage wooden furniture that really only needs a little love to look amazing. I’d like to think I saved the bookshelves in today’s post from a similar fate. You may remember […]

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Before and After: Cloth Corded Lamp

Often what holds up a project the longest (aside from epic procrastination) is finding the right materials for an appropriate restoration. The pieces and parts that give vintage items their charm are hard to find in today’s market. That was the case with this hanging counterweighted light fixture I purchased in the fall. When I bought […]

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Before and After: Danish Chairs

Some projects take awhile to do. And by awhile, I mean months and months if not years. But some don’t take so long—especially if you can talk someone else into doing the work for you. As you may recall, back in July I picked up a pair of beech framed Danish arm chairs with some […]

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