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Memories of Grandma

Upcycing furniture: bedside table

I found the bedside table Memories of Grandma in the Deep Cove area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was in pretty bad shape, because the owner’s wife had tried to strip it and given up when she hit the coat of rock solid white alkyd paint under two layers of black and blue latex. […]

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China Cabinet. Sold.

Upcycling furniture: bedside table

This piece is called China Cabinet because my design incorporates elements that remind me of a stage prop of the Thirties trying to create a Far Eastern ambience. I found the little bedside table at a garage sale in the Deep Cove area of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (more…)

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Plywood Chic

Upcycling furniture: shelf

Plywood Chic is an original piece of early plywood furniture. It was probably built in the Fifties, when the growing demand for home furnishings after the Second World War was met with cheap plywood. This bookshelf was in surprisingly good shape, so I chose to just refinish it instead of repainting it. (more…)

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Rote Kommode. Sold.

Upcycling furniture: chest of drawers

This piece came from a garage sale in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It had been hand built by a father to hold his children’s clothes. And of course, it was painted white. I changed the background colour and had nice contemporary handles made to match my painted design. (more…)

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Search and Rescue. Sold.

Upcycling furniture: chest of drawers

Found at a yard sale in the Coquitlam area near Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, this piece was originally painted pink, one of the large drawers missing. The owner was part of a local Search and Rescue team, I turned that into a title for this chest of drawers. (more…)

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Green Tower. Sold.

Upcycling furniture: chest of drawers

Eighteen drawers – perfect storage! After painting the plain plywood piece I added strips of copper foil for extra sparkle, and the tiny drawer pulls were decorated in different colours to help finding things quickly. The Green Tower was a custom order by my Vancouver friend Debra Drayton who later moved to Mexico, couldn’t take […]

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Conversation. Sold.

Upcycling furniture: chair

This chair is part of a set of four stylish oak chairs which I traded in for an old chest of drawers. The bland looking wood was sanded and stained, the drop-in seats needed re-upholstering. (more…)

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Red Box

Design: wooden boxes

When painting and selling upcycled furniture in western Canada, I was always looking for smaller items that would be easier to transport and display, and attractive for a smaller wallet. One of the ideas I came up with were these wooden boxes. A friend of mine, Ted Martin from Pitt Meadows in the Fraser Valley, […]

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Circus Shirt Detail

Fabric design: T-shirts

Here is another example of custom made T-shirts from my design studio. I used figure-stamps and added drawings of accessories I remember from circus performances. T-shirt Circus Stamps carved on Speedball Speedy-Cut, cotton fabric, Procion fabric dye, Setacolor fabric paint. 1997    

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Sunday Afternoon. Sold.

Upcycling furniture: table

Upcycling: the design for this small table, well-proportioned but bland, was created by masking off successive parts of the beech wood table top and painting it in different colours. I wasn’t thinking of a particular motive, but I began to see an image which I best describe through a poem:  (more…)

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