|Project by poopiekat||posted 12-13-2009 12:57 AM||1670 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
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?
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