Resuscitated Relic

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Project by poopiekat posted 12-13-2009 12:57 AM 1955 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This old 2-over-2 bureau was left to die in the backlane of an old neighborhood here. It had half a dozen coats of paint on it, the legs had been chopped off to reduce the height, and every drawer smashed and every glue joint had failed. We renovated a bedroom into our computer/room/office/den, and needed a piece of furniture with these approximate dimensions for use as a catch-all and conversation piece. I am really partial to these oak pieces built in the 20’s-30’s, and especially the so-called Larkin brand, whenever I can find them. This was a line of furniture produced in Buffalo, NY, and available only to people who collected the premiums coupons from Larkin Soap! I visualized this unit, with minimal restoration, put back in service with all the evidence of its hard life still visible. I wish I had a ‘before’ photo! It tells its own story. I wanted to retain the ugly, bejeweled ‘50s bakelite drawer pulls, but my wife wanted porcelain knobs. Golden Oak period furniture is always a hit with people who see it in the house. I wonder what stories it could tell?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 02:34 AM

Good save, have seen alot of sweet old furniture restored and used for alot of years. It is good that it didnt end up in the land fill. Good job.

-- Lance, southwest Missouri,

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 04:19 AM

Caught those white knobs on sale, huh? LOL

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matt garcia

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 04:26 AM

Nice save!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 04:49 AM

Great Job Nice Save

-- Jim, Kentucky

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