Category Archives: Antiques

Wax Prevents Rust!

While we generally think of applying a quality paste wax over wood — such as a stained piece of furniture or even one finished with a chalk paint — wax can also be applied over metal, such as this iron band on the inside of my Arts and Crafts antique wastebasket. As you can see,
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Revisiting an Old Project

Back in 1974, when treadle sewing machine bases were popular, a friend and I made a cherry chopping block to go atop a base I found at a yard sale for a few dollars. Fast forward more than 40 years and I still have it, but it had really taken a beating — literally. So, last week
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Classic Design, New Chair

I love antiques, but that doesn’t mean I won’t pass up a bargain on a recent reproduction, like this slightly-used oak Arts and Crafts Morris chair Leigh Ann and I spotted at a local thrift shop. The finish was slightly worn, but I knew how to handle that problem.

First we put it
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