Huge Wooden Bowl – Before and After

Found this gigantic bowl in a junk shop locally earlier this week and I LOVED the size – poor thing was all dried and pale though.





I wasn’t too worried about it because in my arsenal I have Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil.  What I didn’t realize was how little I actually had left in the tin!  Thank goodness it was just enough to do the bowl!  I have to order more because I have a whole stack of vintage cutting boards at home waiting to be treated.



Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp oil is invaluable in this business for refreshing tired, dry wood – drawers, cutting boards, bowls, anything really.  AND it is food safe so those cutting boards will be put back into use soon!

It’s Looking a little Christmas-y in here!

Here it is almost time for our Christmas (aka Holiday*) Open house and I haven’t even begun to show you things in the shop yet!  ~Sorry!~


When:  Sunday, November 16th

Time:  Noon until 5 pm

Where:  2580 State St  Salem OR 97301

Here’s a cute little table top that is decorated – gotta get busy on the others!


* We refer to our Christmas Open House occasionally as a Holiday Open House … why?  Because it takes place before Thanksgiving and we are decorated for both  If this offends anyone it wasn’t intentional.

Poor Thanksgiving!

Halloween is almost past and we begin to decorate this weekend for our November 16 Holiday Open House so poor Thanksgiving will be pushed into the corner thru no fault of her own.  Wish the seasons weren’t so rushed!

We’ve had lovely fall-ish vignettes throughout the shop and I wish they could last longer.  Before they disappear here are some highlights:

Shop views - October 2014

Shop views – October 2014

And next we will have Christmas!

Antique Berkey & Gay Twin Bed – Before and After

I found this bed a number of years ago in one of my favorite junkin’ spots and even though it had some terrible damage to one section, I HAD to have it!  It’s a gorgeous caned piece with lovely trim by Berkey and Gay and is signed.  The condition was really good except for the one spot-a crucial one since one of the fabulous rails has to be inserted there and wood was missing!





missing wood (and no way to attach the rail and use the bed!)


the rails!

Fast forward that number of years-we have a partner in the shop who is fabulous with those weird fixes so I turned it over to her and she graciously agreed to fix it and paint it too-thank you, MIss Evie!

She fixed it and told us what we needed to finish repairing it and make it function again-then she painted and painted and painted – using several American Paint Company paints – then waxed it:

the headboard

the headboard


part of the pretty rail


inside the foot board – can’t show you the side with the trim

A beautiful set and repair!!

Be sure to click on the pictures and enlarge them for details!

Another Piece in General Finishes Millstone

A terrific neutral color that can stand on its own!  This old buffet was limed oak (another one!) and needed a lot of repair but the price was RIGHT!  Three drawers – one red felt lined – and two cabinet spaces with new glass shelves to replace the old ones that were chippy and rough.  Perfect as a buffet or to house a large television and all its “stuff”.

Repainted original hardware coordinates nicely with the new color

Repainted original hardware coordinates nicely with the new color

General Finishes Millstone

General Finishes Millstone

A Lovely Refurb!

I thought we had taken before pictures but I cannot find them so I apologize.  Think filthy, scratched, flaky finish and the leftovers of furniture stripper on all the surfaces and especially in the grooves!  It wasn’t a pretty picture, believe me!  Hubby filled, sanded and cleaned and then painted it in a lovely custom gray color – voila’ -

Cassard French Provincial tallboy

Cassard French Provincial tallboy

Click on the picture to enlarge it – this one is so very heavy we estimate it at 250 – 300 pounds.  Lovely details, terrific hardware except for the two replacement knobs at the top.

A Queen Size Bed – Finally!

The queen size bed has been the most popular in the country for decades and we have a very hard time finding them.  (At a good price or in a nice style!  Our customers always are asking and we try our best to locate them.  Miss Evie had the good luck to find one recently and painted it in a lovely dark gray color.  Turned out beautifully!!

dark gray paint

Depending on the bedding you choose I think this could be either contemporary  or have a vintage feel.  Crisp white bedding and a beautiful duvet or bright geometric bedding and lots of pillows …  Agree?

A True Salem (OR) Native!

 I found this piece on our local Craigslist, grabbed the hubster and rushed to get it!  There were a few repairs to be made and paint to be applied (ugh – the original painted finish was BAD!), some distressing to be done and a clear coat applied for protection.

Heavy and huge and filthy but signed on the back and bottom of the drawers Calef Bros, Salem, OR.  We couldn’t resist her!  So home she came where she has resided on the back porch for a few weeks.  I needed umph and inspiration (the threat of rains helped with the umph!)

the only before picture I have - sorry!

the only before picture I have – sorry!

After a good cleaning, a lot of sanding, the aforementioned repairs and three coats of paint (APC’s Smoke Signal).  We finished her yesterday and here she is in the kitchen of our shop.

Antique cabinet in APC's Smoke Signal

Antique cabinet in APC’s Smoke Signal

The inside is spacious with 5 shelves and there is a drawer at the bottom

The inside is spacious with 5 shelves and there is a drawer at the bottom

We think she turned out very well but at 77″ she was a little too tall for the space I need filled at home.  Hope to find her a loving new home soon!

Miss Sophia’s Latest Farm House Table

This set is a marriage – there are 6 older chairs and a very cool draw-leaf table with the top dark stained.  The chairs, table legs and apron are painted in APC’s Home Plate, lightly distressed and waxed for protection.

The seats have been recovered in a slightly distressed looking chevron pattern that coordinates beautifully with the top of the table.  LOVE the fabric!!


Dark stained top, Home Plate apron, legs and chairs

Dark stained top, Home Plate apron, legs and chairs

Home Plate paint and chevron fabric

Home Plate paint and chevron fabric

Judging by the number of people who have loved this on our Facebook page, this set won’t last long!!  Another home run for Miss Sophia!