antique

My Pet Clock

by Josh on April 27, 2012 · 7 comments

in Journal,Living Room

Before I go on and on about the antique clock I bought recently, I’m going point out the elephant in my living room: an antique mechanical wall clock is truly, hopelessly obsolete. It requires regular winding and care. It keeps woefully inaccurate time compared to even the cheapest modern quartz watch. It is only usable […]

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A neighborhood furniture and antique store is preparing to close its doors after over 30 years. I stopped in looking for deals as they wind down their operation. The first thing to catch my eye was this curvy and deeply finished oak wall clock. The dark oak was a great match with the trim in […]

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It might not be a car that turns into a robot, but what other than “transformer” do you call a table that can change from a 42″ round pedestal to a 102″ five-legged banquet?  Optimus Table?  Tablemus Prime? Ususally I just call it my dining room table. I first showed the new-to-me table and chairs […]

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Chambers Stove Installation

by Josh on December 29, 2010 · 12 comments

in Projects

With my vintage Chambers 61C kitchen stove sufficiently cleaned and updated with a new oven pilot light and gas shutoff safety system I was ready to connect the gas for final stove testing and adjustment.  Unfortunately, my kitchen wasn’t ready to cooperate until I updated the gas supply pipe.  Add that one to my list […]

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Chambers Stove Cleaning and Updating

by Josh on December 21, 2010 · 13 comments

in Projects

Counting the packing, unpacking and travel time, it took a couple hours to move my vintage Chambers stove the 15 miles to my house.  Moving the stove the final 15 yards from the living room to the kitchen took considerably more time and effort.  Before settling it in the kitchen, I wanted to take the […]

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About My Chambers Stove

by Josh on December 17, 2010 · 10 comments

in Journal

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may recall that back in May I shared a teaser photo of the 1951 Chambers 61C range I bought for the kitchen.  Since then, I haven’t said a word about the stove because…. I wasn’t doing much with it besides think about how great it would […]

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Plate in Bloom

by Josh on April 7, 2010 · 3 comments

in Journal

Following an exceptionally mild March, my tuilps and daffodils outside are almost ready to bloom, but inside I have roses in full flower. Although they will never smell as rich and sweet as a real rose, the handpainted Mackintosh-style roses ringing this antique plate will also never wilt or wither. Ain’t it purdy? This was […]

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Antique Buffet At Last

by Josh on September 16, 2009 · 18 comments

in Dining Room,Ideas,Journal

It has been almost two months since my last update and there is a lot to catch up on.  But one of the most exciting developments is also the most recent: I finally found a buffet for the dining room. Whether there was originally a built-in buffet in the dining room, I haven’t been able […]

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New Old Front Door

by Josh on June 24, 2009 · 4 comments

in Journal

The contractor who is helping me with my bedroom project came to the job with the usual tools and materials.  But he brought something else that first day, too: an old mission oak front door that had failed to sell at his yard sale.  He offered it to me for free. The door needs some […]

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In Praise of Patina

by Josh on February 8, 2009 · 1 comment

in Journal

I just love the patina on the salvaged antique brass push plates on my new old kitchen swinging door.  It is easy to see why all those antiques roadshow people tell you not to clean your old furniture.  The photo won’t do it justice, but here’s a look:

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