There are many things I could do to fill my time when confined to home but my latest obsession has been restoring furniture so I thought I would share some my recent projects.
Occasional Table 1
This little table was lost under dark varnish and had a screw holding down part of the table top that was loose. My main objective was to get rid of that screw. I was delighted to find it had lovely grained timber under the varnish - I think Silky Oak which was a very popular cabinet timber in Queensland.
Its story: it belonged to my husband's grandparents, then migrated to his parents home and hence to ours.
Occasional Table 2
I have been itching to do this one for years because I knew the marquetry would come up nicely.
Its story: It was given to my mother-in-law by a rather posh English lady and later migrated to our home.
This one has been sitting in a corner in the spare bedroom because it was becoming unglued. It was also painted in the contrasting colours my Grandfather favoured. I have always liked the carved woodwork.
Its story: This belonged to my great grandmother, and later to my grandparents and parents before coming to me. I never knew my great grandmother who was known and fondly remembered throughout the town as "Grannie". She was post mistress, midwife and grew great roses.
The stool was from our Brisbane home in the early 80s. The long stool left by the previous owners at Rose Orchard Haus. The coffee table from our Sydney apartment in the late 80s.
These are all projects that have been on my to do list for years and it has been great to get to them. I will probably be moving back to textiles soon. Anything has to be better than cleaning the windows!
Is coronavirus helping you to get to a backlog of projects?