We purchased this sideboard from a woman that said she acquired it years ago from an antique store in Prescott, Arizona at a price of $3,000. She then decided to “refinish” the piece by removing all the brass hardware and imitation tortoise shell (throwing away the doors) and painting the piece with a few different colors of latex paint. She was moving that day and needed to sell it. We decided to try and rescue it.
This is a beautiful heavy duty cast iron machine base from the US Industrial Age topped with a custom butcher-block style table top made from reclaimed white oak.
This early world globe caught my interest with its ornate ball & claw foot cast iron base and blue colored oceans.
This 1000 oz Gold Bar Mold is a monster!! It weighs over 48 Lbs…..Empty!!
We’re big on the industrial look right now and found an old steel medical supply cabinet that we couldn’t pass up. The finish needed some work but the cabinet was heavy, sturdy and well-made, not to mention stylish and interesting.
We had been looking for a blasting machine to add to our dynamite display and came across this antique detonator. The owner told us that it didn’t work (the plunger was frozen in the up position). Luckily all it took was some lubricating oil to get the plunger working and producing an electrical current.
This Bauche safe came from Avignon “The City of Two Popes” in Southern France. It dates to around 1870. As the pictures show below, it was in a very rusted state when we acquired it.
We found this Steelcase 2 drawer file cabinet at the ASU surplus warehouse for $20. The Art Moderne/Art Deco handles attracted us to this particular find. Built in the 1950’s, it has a heavier duty construction than most of the other file cabinets on the market today.
Note: If you are one of the purists who thinks it is sacrilege to do anything other than restore old clocks to their original condition then you should stop reading right now.
I came across an old IBM schoolhouse style electric slave clock that wasn’t in working condition with the idea of keeping the clocks’ “look” original and using the existing hands, while converting it to a battery operated quartz movement.
This is how we got our Restoration Hardware Style Trestle Table for under $200 using IKEA Components.
We wanted to find a nice big worktable for our project (sewing, crafts, scrapbooking, and more) room. We found a table system we liked at IKEA, but the two colors available (white or beech) did not match our decor.