Thursday, February 9, 2012


 It has been awhile since I posted about the activity in the Salmagundi workshop (Bob's garage!).  Above, is a picture of a clock given to us by good friends to either keep or sell.  It required a little cleanup in the workshop plus a trip to the clock repair shop for cleaning and adjustment of the clock workings.  It is over 100 years old and is from Germany, but has French workings.  The face and pendulum is beautiful copper and engraved with wonderful Art Nouveau designs; and it has the most mellow chime on the hour and half-hour.  Needless to say, it is a keeper and currently hanging in our living room.  Bob, also, restored an organ stool, a sewing table, and a mirror; then sold them for these friends.  Somehow, we missed photographing those items.  From the same friends came this oak hall beveled mirror.  It just needed some cleaning and the mirror secured.
 It has these great hooks, and is hanging in our guest room.
 I don't know if I have shown this hanger from Paris before, but it was a great find at an estate sale.  We haven't stayed at the Grand Hotel, but have stayed in the Saint Lazare area of Paris before.
Below is an Estey child's organ brought in by a woman wanting the case restored.  After doing some research, we found out that this black & gold finish was original, but beyond repair as shown in the first collage.
So, Bob was able to recreate the original finish and repair the pedals for her.
Last Fall, Bob found this set of original Thonet chairs at a yard sale.  He finally finished them up this past week after taking each one completely apart, regluing, and restoring the finish.
They are currently at the consignment shop for resale.
This was another Fall project -- an old record player cabinet.
And now, repurposed as a great storage piece.  We don't often choose to paint furniture.  It seems in our small rural and mountain community that natural wood sells better.  However, this piece sold right away, so we may try more painted finishes as we find some suitable projects.
A before shot of this cedar chest escaped us; but the chest finished up really nice as shown below and sold immediately.
And, FINALLY, Happy Valentine's Day to our favorite heart tuggers (AKA the grandchildren).  Caitlin & Wyatt, you make everyday special.
Also, Happy l0th Birthday, Wyatt.  You were the best Valentine present, EVER.

I'll be joining the following parties this week.  Please visit these blogs to check out all of the inspiration offered.
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday Treasures
Restore Interiors for Restored it Wednesday
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

WOW!! Sally Bob does wonderful work how proud you must be of him..Love the clock..I have a house full of them and my late love of my life Wally use to set them each Monday..since he died they just hang on the wall..I think of them like that old song the clock stopped never run again when the old man died..
I love the child's organ and wished they still made things today that would last 100 pride in workmanship like they use to do..well my dear friend I could write a book to you but I'm boring..May you and Bob have the best weekend ever my friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

SmilingSally said...

Bob is one of those talented guys that make us ladies envious!

Your grandchildren are precious, Sally.

Sue said...

Happy Valentine's Day!!! what Bob has done with this furniture...the chairs he did came fabulous...I think I would keep him If I were you :)
Oh you'll appreciate this one....I enrolled Sophie in the cookie of the month club because she loves to get packages.....SO when she went to the SIL's this weekend daughter packed 4 of the heart cookies in her little back pack.....not only wouldn't he let her eat them but he threw them out......typical....I'm sure it was because I sent them to her....

bj said...

I love all your furniture pieces...he does such amazing work....
but I love your two Valentines the best..:) they are both so cute, Sally.
xo bj