Rain, Resolutions and Retail Therapy

Last weekend I accomplished something I didn’t think I was going to be able to do. You may recall that last January I made a rather extensive list of things I wanted to accomplish/finish this year. I’ve been rather distressingly unsuccessful with my list so far, and given we’re already in November I don’t have much time left to get things done. One of those things on my list was run a 10K race. I used to be a runner and even completed two half marathons even though I’m quite slow (molasses or lava come to mind) and not the most attractive of runners. Have you seen this circulating around Pinterest? That’s me. I’m not kidding.

A couple of months ago I made a pact with a friend to register for, and run a 8K race. I then proceeded to not train, which was probably not the best plan in the world, but I had ‘lots of time’ before the race to get ready. Yup, remember when I admitted to being a procrastinator? Last Saturday was race day. Guess how many times I’d laced up my runners and gone for a run? If you guessed zero you should probably go buy a lottery ticket because you’d be right. On top of the small issue of not having run any distance in over 2 years there was the weather. It was pouring. I don’t like the rain, and if I hadn’t gotten the brilliant idea that running a race would be something fun to do I would have remained buried under my toasty duvet.

Anyways, I went and ran 8K in the pouring rain. That’s right – I ran it. Sure I stopped for walk breaks, but I’m quite proud to say that I ran at least 90% of the 8K distance. In the pouring rain. Yay Me!

Race day before and after. That jacket I’m wearing? It’s ‘waterproof’, and was completely soaked through by the time I finished.

While It wasn’t the 10K that I originally resolved to complete this year, and my time of 58:26 was slower than my best 10K time, I’m more than happy with having completed 80% of that resolution. It also reminded me how much I enjoy running, so maybe I’ll start doing it on a semi-regular basis. Maybe. Perhaps.Later on Saturday after a long hot shower to try to warm up, I convinced D that we should go antiquing. We headed up near Barrie to Roadshow 400 Antiques which I’ve passed many times, but never visited. It’s a rather large antique market with a quite varied selection of items. Remember those glass candle stick holders I found at a thrift store in September that I worried were a bit expensive at $14.14 for the pair? Look at what I spotted on Saturday:

I think these candle holders are the same as the ones I bought.

I’m pretty sure they’re the exact same, but were being sold for $50.

A few aisles over I spotted these lovely vintage Pyrex bowls.

Lovely Pyrex mixing bowls – too bad they were $75

I loved the colours, but at $75 there was no way I could justify buying them as I’d be afraid to use them. Leaving them behind made me sad, however the day wasn’t a complete bust as I did bring something home with me.

My new mixing bowls

Yes – I brought home Pyrex bowls. These ones were literally 2 stalls over from the original set I spotted, and I bought them for a whopping $24. Better yet – mine are less scratched than the original set I spotted! I have no idea if $24 is really a good price for 4 Pyrex bowls, but given they were only a third of the cost of the original set I couldn’t really say no could I?  Would you have left them behind? Or would you have been like me and hobbled as fast as your race weary legs could take you to the cash so you could buy them?

Refinished Living Room Media Console

You may remember back in May I introduced you to the new-to-me console for my living room that I bought on Craigslist. After it’s introduction I worked on it pretty steadily, and it began its new life as my media console in July.

Here’s how it started:

My new Craigslist console

My new Craigslist console

Here is the little piece of missing trim around the front:

The damaged trim on the front - I have no idea how I'm going to fix this.

The damaged trim on the front – I have no idea how I’m going to fix this.

Here is the damaged piece of veneer on one side:

The damaged veneer - it's about the size of a deck of cards

The damaged veneer – it’s about the size of a deck of cards

And here it is, in all its refinished glory:

My refinished Craigslist console

My refinished Craigslist console

The damaged trim – fixed. Repaired front trimAnd you’ll never guess what I used to repair it.

Chopsticks to repair trimYup, those are wood chopsticks. I had been planning on using wood dowels, but they were just a wee bit too thin. I always have wood chopsticks around because I use them to stir small cans of paint and varnish. The chopsticks were the perfect size – I just cut them down and attached them with wood glue. After staining they’re not a perfect match as they’re a different type of wood, but from a distance it’s not really noticeable.

Chopsticks cut down for the repair

The damaged veneer has been fixed as well. I replaced the entire section which was a little bit of an adventure. I definitely learned some things. Here too it’s not a perfect repair, but given it’s location on the piece I’m not at all concerned.

Repaired veneer prior to staining

Repaired veneer prior to staining

One other thing I did was build a shelf for the inside. I knew there was originally a shelf inside, but when I bought it there were only the supports remaining the shelf was removed at some point. I carefully measured the inside of the cabinet and then had Home Depot cut down a piece of plywood to fit.

The plywood shelf before staining and edge band

The plywood shelf before staining and edge band

I then used the walnut edge banding left over from my dresser project to finish the visible edge of the shelf.

Applying the Edge banding
After being sanded, stained and protected I can now use the entire space again for storage.

Console with new interior shelf
And now a few more pictures as I’m pretty happy with the end results.

In all it's glory
Close up of the brass hardware
So there you have it – my second furniture refinishing project completed. What do you think – not bad for a $40 Craigslist find is it?

Ready for its new role

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Aberfoyle Antique Fair

This past Sunday (which happened to be Canada Day) D and I did something a little different – we went to an antique market. While it’s true we did go to the Christie Antique show last year, antiquing is by no means something we do on a regular basis – this was only our second such adventure, and this time we went to the Aberfoyle antique market.

The Aberfoyle antique market takes place every Sunday from the end of April, to the end of October and the vendors all seem to have regular booths. I have to say that it was a lot bigger than I expected, so we were there for several hours. Once we arrived we went our separate ways – D went off to take great pictures of all the neat things, and I went off to shop. One of us was successful  – it wasn’t me :( Oh – there were piles of things I wanted to take home with me, but I live in a one bedroom condo with minimal storage – the things I bring into my home have to be useful now – I can’t put them away in a garage or basement for that day when ‘I’ll find the perfect spot’ for it. If I had a basement there would have been a few things coming home with me.

While D was off taking pretty arty pictures I was shopping. I took some pictures so you could see what’s available should you wish to go to the market, but they are nowhere near as nice as his (Note to self – work on photo composition)

If you’re looking for an old mirror, this may be the place for you – this was just at the back of one stall.

A collection of Antique mirrors

A collection of Antique mirrors

Old mine carts are rather popular – this vendor had several so you can pick the one that will make the best coffee table in your space.

A selection of Antique Mine Carts

A selection of Antique Mine Carts

I’m not a collector, but I know lots of people love to collect Jadite. I was tempted by the mixing bowls, but I know I wouldn’t use them (I’d be scared of breaking it) so it stayed on the table for someone else to take home.

A large and varied collection of Jadite pieces

A large and varied collection of Jadite pieces

I was actually a little bit excited when I spotted the following as I recognised them. My Mom’s Irish, so we had these Waterford crystal glasses when I was growing up (for special occasions only – when I was little I drank Welch’s grape juice out of them, and pretended I was grown up and drinking wine). The pattern is called ‘Colleen’, and they were $40 each.

Waterford Crystal goblets in the Colleen Pattern

Waterford Crystal goblets in the Colleen Pattern

I recognised the next characters as well from my childhood, but they were on TV. I wonder where Wilma and Barney are?

Betty Rubble and Fred Flintstone children's lamps

Betty Rubble and Fred Flintstone children’s lamps

Do you need any Antique door hardware? There are lots to be had

Antique knobs, door handles and hardware

Antique knobs, door handles and hardware

There are also lots of wood letterpress type letters

Antique Wood Letterpress type letters

Antique Wood Type Letter Blocks

I know brass animals are a little popular right now – these two tempted me – especially after I realised both were hinged and you could hide things inside. I believe the turtle was $20 and the crab was $18.

Brass turtle and Crab

Brass turtle and Crab

Have an extra $650 burning a hole in your pocket? I have just the thing for you. This fiberglass shark can be mounted on a wall, and come complete with real shark teeth.

Fiberglass Shark with real Shark Teeth

Fiberglass Shark with real Shark Teeth

Old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books were plentiful, and made me regret even more selling my collection of Nancy Drew books in a garage sale when I was about 12.

Old Nancy Drew books

Old Nancy Drew books

Street signs were everywhere, but I’m curious where they came from. Do towns replace street signs, and sell off the old ones, or were these lifted off sign posts somewhere causing some poor traveler to become hopelessly lost?

Old Street Signs

Old Street Signs

There was all sorts of things I didn’t take pictures off – furniture, glassware, vintage clothing, lovely old mason jars, old coins, toys and cameras, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Have you ever been to Aberfoyle? Did you bring anything home with you?

I’m a Glutton for Punishment

My television is currently sitting on an Ikea cabinet that  I inherited when I purchased my condo. I firmly believe that the previous owner left it because it’s quite long and therefore difficult to move without dismantling it. While it serves its purpose, it’s a little too modern for my taste, and I’ve been sort-of keeping half an eye out for something to replace it for almost as long as I’ve lived here.

My current Ikea Bonde Sideboard

My current Ikea Bonde Sideboard

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that late last year I spent quite a while refinishing an antique wood dresser. While the results were pretty gosh-darn fabulous if I do say so myself (see it here), I swore it would be quite some time before I attempted another project like it. It was an incredibly time-consuming project, not to mention really smelly given I don’t have an outdoor space to play with chemical strippers, stains and varnishes.

Early last week I was browsing Craigslist as I do from time to time, and I spotted something that intrigued me enough to go across town after 10 pm to see it.

The sellers Craigslist picture

The seller was moving and didn’t have space for the console in her new place. Once I saw it I knew it had to be mine, and arranged to pick it up the following day once I’d figured out transportation ( I don’t have a car, but I do have a zipcar.com membership which allows me to rent a vehicle for an hour of two when I need it).

That night I had nightmares about going to pick up the piece. The seller lived on the upper floor of a converted house with a long narrow stairway and I honestly had no idea how my mom and I were going to carry the console down. Happily the seller was having movers over the next morning, and she very kindly asked them to haul the console downstairs to the front porch where my mom and I only had to get it into the back of the CR-V I rented for the occasion.

After a bit of huffing and puffing on both ends of the journey, the console finally made it to my place, and is currently sitting in my dining room waiting for me to get started on its transformation.

My new Craigslist console

My new Craigslist console

I can’t believe I’ve gotten myself into this again. The whole things needs to be stripped, and there is again some damaged veneer. This time the damaged veneer isn’t an easily replaceable edge band but a rather large chunk missing off the base. It’s also missing some of its decorative trim along the front.

The damaged top of my new console

The damaged top of my new console

The damaged veneer - it's about the size of a deck of cards

The damaged veneer – it’s about the size of a deck of cards

The damaged trim on the front - I have no idea how I'm going to fix this.

The damaged trim on the front – I have no idea how I’m going to fix this.

As much work as I know it’s going to be, I’m a bit excited about the possibilities. I LOVE the original hardware on the console, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to buff them up a bit, and I really like the console’s shape – for some reason it reminds me of Art Deco.

So, what do you think? Have I gone completely nuts?

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