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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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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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Red Nose. Sold.

Upcycling furniture: chest of drawers

Upcycling: Red Nose is one of those pieces of furniture that have done service for generations. I found it in the basement of an elderly couple’s house in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They did not want to bring it to their new downsized place. (more…)

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