We (well, mostly he) made a bench out of two chairs this weekend!

Step 1:  Go for brunch.  Decide to spend the rest of the day cleaning the apartment and cooking meals for the week.   Drive through Montreal-West on the way home.  Spot these two sturdy oak chairs at a garage sale.  $10 for both?  Done and DONE.   Remember this project on Kindall's Creations, show it to Sohrab, and BOOM.  We've got Project Fever and are off to the races!   So much for the earlier plans :)

Step 2:  Race to Reno, pick up a $10 pine piece that happens to be almost exactly the right size.  Head to Fabricville, and raid the Bargain section for foam (two rectangular foam cushions, $10 each) and outdoor fabric ($14 for some stunning turquoise paisley).

Step 3:  Show up at Sohrab's mom's house, take over the basement workshop.  Cut the excess off the pine board.  Place the board on the worktable, arrange the chairs over it, ensuring the the front of the chairs line up, mark four spots in a square shape approx. 5" apart on each seat where the drilling will take place.  Drill through the chair seats and into the plank - but not all the way through it.  Place chairs on the floor.

Step 4:  Place fabric on the worktable, foam on the fabric, and plank on the foam.   Wrap tightly and go wonkers with three different staple guns (stupid staples kept jamming), making sure that the foam edges out over the plank a bit fore & aft.

Step 5:  Place the chairs on top of the newly constructed bench seat,  feeling carefully through the fabric for the holes in the bench to line 'em up, and screw the bench to the chairs.

Step 6:  Bring the new bench home and place in entry way.

Its new home will be our balcony!  We have a small space out there, and all the benches we've seen were too large, too expensive, or plain old charmless.  Ditto for most of the bistro sets.   This way, we have sturdy seating for two that doesn't take up too much real estate.  If I could do it again, I'd pick thinner foam padding, but then again, maybe not.   So far, everyone who has sat on it has grinned as they sunk down in the cushy seat!

We're also snazzing up the balcony - which was pretty unusable last year due to the fact that everytime we closed the door or brushed against a wall it RAINED NASTY GIANT FLAKES OF PEELING PAINT.  Also, our table and chair set was too big, and since our balcony faces Sherbrooke street, I always felt so exposed whenever I went out to read or loll in the summer sun.   We decided to re-paint, sell the too-large furniture, and put in lattice or fabric for privacy.

Last weekend we rolled up our sleeves and proceeded to remove all the layers of old paint, scraping away like mad things, then we wacked on a coat of cheery seafoam blue and antique white.  Here's what one corner looks like right now - more painting is supposed to happen next weekend.

I'd also like to grow a few things on the balcony this summer, and since we get tons of sun and wind, I'm thinking of growing hardy sun-loving things like basil, rosemary, mint, tomatoes, and maybe eggplant.   We scored some PVC lattice on Craigslist for $4 (retail $40!) and will be using that as both a privacy screen and a wind break for our plants.  Next on my list of balcony wants:  a sturdy shelf for potted flowers and edibles!

More on the balcony makeover in weeks to come...

*SOLD* Mid-century Dansk candelabrum: $20

Mid-century classic Dansk heavy black iron candelabrum, a stunner when filled with tall slender tapers.
Price: $20

*SOLD* 1940s-50s Munising maple bowl: $20

Munising bowls were made between 1911 and 1955 in Munising, Michigan, where the company had been established due to the availability of excellent hardwoods.   Most of their bowls, including this beautiful carved one, were machine-lathed from maple.   This particular bowl measures 12" in diameter and bears a mark which most likely dates it to the 1940s.   A lot of the original red paint remains and though the bowl's finish does show wear & tear, it has many years of use left in it.   Martha Stewart has helpful suggestions on how to care for Munising woodenware bowls.
Price: $20


*SOLD* Vintage brass hand held blow torch lamp: $30

*SOLD* Add a metallic whimsical industrial accent to a den, library or livingroom with this brass hand held blow torch lamp.  It stands 19 1/2" tall - quite the conversation piece!
Price: $30


*SOLD* Siam silver niello pin/pendant, 1940-50s: $15

*SOLD* Striking Siam silver nielloware pin featuring Ramasoon, the Thai god of thunder.
This piece is from the 1940s or 50s and measures 1 1/3" tall and 1 1/4" wide. It can be worn as a pin or as a pendant.
Price: $30 $15


Taxes and balcony improvements and hockey, oh my!

Dear Trovers,

I'll be taking a short break to tackle my ever-growing To Do list (dig up a few last tax docs, plan out the balcony) and to cheer on Sohrab - his Concordia Alum hockey team has made it to the finals and it's time to scream myself silly from the stands!

Never fear, starting midweek more goodies will be making their appearance in the Trove, including:

  1. Vintage brass blowtorch lamp, 1950s
  2. Hand-hammered antique Middle Eastern pitcher
  3. Sterling silver & Niello Siam dancer pendant/brooch, 1940s-50s
  4. Cashmere cardigan in vibrant hibiscus, size S, 1960s
  5. Large etched brass circular tray
  6. Vintage alabaster bookends, 1970s

In the meanwhile, enjoy the warmer weather!



PS - If anyone's in the market for a robin's egg blue wrought iron bistro set for their patio or kitchen, ours is up for grabs - the price is negotiable!  The entire set retails for between $642 & $1003 on-line.

*SOLD* Beautiful vintage brass hamsa: $20

*SOLD* The hamsa is a traditional symbol in many Middle Eastern cultures, and is used in home decor and jewelry as a ward against ill will and bad luck. This particular piece measures 4" long, on a 31" chain, and dates back to at least the 1940s. It would make a striking metallic accent in your home or garden.
Price: $20


*Sold* 10kt yellow gold key charm: $60


Tiny vintage 1950s 10kt gold pendant or charm, in the shape of a sweetly old-fashioned key. It measures 1.5 cm in length and is light enough to wear everyday.
Price: $60