Monthly Archives: March 2014

eBay Listings 25/3/14

It’s been well over a year since we last listed on eBay, however last night we got that non-listing monkey off our back and kicked things off again with 2 listings.

One is an old Mont Eltham pot belly stove, and the other is a job lot of vintage model train items which include a few nice pieces (Honrby, Lima, Tyco). You can find our eBay listings page below.

We are going to make a good effort to list a few items every couple of weeks to clear out the shed and make some space (kind of productive? Or not…LOL) so be sure to keep an eye on our eBay page/blog for all the latest.

Atomic Magazine Rack – Timber Finish

Now for the timber finish!

Varnish applied to Mid Century Furniture
Timber finish for restoration project.

I ended up using a clear varnish for the magazine rack. Being coachwood I thought that this would be a good choice for the finish as it is relatively hard wearing and needing little to no ongoing maintenance.

The clear varnish ending up being a great choice in regards to colour also. The timber colour has changed, however it is very ‘natural’ (hence being a clear) and actually matches a lot of the original shellac finishes on pieces from the same era – more on this in an upcoming blog post.

The first 2 coats were applied with a fine bristle brush with a light sanding in between. I applied the following 2 coats with a spray guy (in the above photo the 4th coat has not yet been applied).

The finish turned out great, and now this process has been completed I can get onto the final assembly making the 2 pieces whole again. May be a little tricky, with some custom brass brackets having to be made………we’ll see.

Auction Watch # 4 – Atomic Console Desk?

Whilst browsing eBay this week I came across an interesting ‘Console Desk’. You can find it buy searching for ‘Mid Century Tambour Splayed Leg Hall Table Console Desk Atomic Retro Vintage’.

1960's bread bin?
Images and blog post on an atomic console desk. Quirky item indeed.

The first thing that caught my eye was the bread bin style roll top ‘desk’ sitting upon 4 long, angled/splayed legs (It looks very similar to something I made during woodwork at school – to house bread only though….LOL). Upon closer inspection of the images it looks to me as though this quirky piece of furniture has been fashioned up from various other items (the coachwood cigar shaped legs, the bread bread with roll top lid, slide out drawer of some description and a coachwood shelf insert).

Regardless of the each of the original manufacturers idea’s, these various  items have been assembled together by someone with a decent eye to make (up-cycle?) a really unique, and quirky piece of functional furniture. Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, but I like it. Props go to the eBay seller for his/her great photos and styling .

Just how CLEAN is your ‘new’ piece of furniture?

Auctions, Markets, eBay, 2nd hand stores, Op Shops, Specialist stores are just a few of the many places where you can find that special piece of furniture for your home, and a truth that comes with every item, be it – vintage/retro/industrial/mid century/antique is that it is ‘2nd hand’. Someone, somewhere before you has used it, loved it, and perhaps eventually had enough of it to move it on.

Now is this a bad thing? Of course it’s not! It’s just something to keep in mind when you are looking to purchase your next  item as you’ll see below.

For this example I’m using a beautiful Queensland maple coffee table that I purchased in Melbourne last year. I loved it’s style and use of materials and surely enough, it made the 600km journey back home with me.

Now when you’re shopping, the lighting in some stores can sometimes be a little dark making it hard to see just what condition the item is in. Now due to this being what I do it is no big deal, however for the single/couple looking for a nice coffee table for their living room buying something that is dirty, or that hasn’t been cleaned correctly, or been checked over and the necessary repairs made it can turn into a real headache.

That’s why when you purchase any item from us (or from any reputable store for that matter, be it online or bricks and mortar)  you can feel 100% confident that the item has been thoroughly gone over. Any necessary repairs will have been carried out, ensuring all parts are functioning as they should, cleaned to a high standard (able to place it straight into your home) and the finish attended to (whether it be oiled/polished/waxed/varnished/etc).

Below you will find before and after photos. Could you imagine putting this coffee table straight into your lounge room in it’s before state? Having your phone, wallet, TV remote sitting on 50+ years of dirt, smoke and grease build up? No way! And as you’ll see, the difference is amazing.

Dirty Water! Before and after images of the water used for cleaning retro coffee table
Dirty Water! Before and after images of the soapy water used for cleaning the coffee table!
Before and after pictures of a great looking retro maple coffee table.
Before and after pictures. Thoroughly Cleaned & Oiled.
Images of 1960's Maple Retro Coffee Table Legs
Support rail and top of legs. Before & After.
Great pictures and images of the Top of a 1950's/1960's Retro coffee table
Top corners of the coffee table – Before & After.
Images of a 1960's Maple Retro Coffee Table Legs
Cleaned & Oiled. Look at the life brought back into the timber! Amazing.
Full Image - Retro Coffee Table
In full sun! The sectional top has the grain running at 90 degrees to each other which creates a huge impact.


Auction Watch # 3 – Wrought Iron Gates

Whilst browsing a Mid Century/Retro Homes for sale (in Australia) Facebook page I came across an eBay link to the set of vintage wrought iron gates below.

Retro double gates. 1960's
Beautiful vintage ‘Peacock’ wrought iron gates

Straight away I was in awe of their beauty, and not to mention their starting price. At the time, they were $150 with no bids! Amazing. But fast forward to tonight and with just under 24 hours left the price is currently sitting at $510. Cheap? I think so. Where would you ever find another set of gates like this?

I’m glad to see that they’ll be going to a good home where they’ll be loved and looked after for another 50 years!

If you wish to see the progress of the auction and the final price,  just search eBay for ‘vintage wrought iron gates decorative’.

New Stock Listed!

Although we had a busy weekend, we were still able to list some new stock on the website. The new pieces include –

  • 6 Drawer teak chest
  • Vintage 4 door school locker
  • Shadow box with an interesting design
  • High quality ‘John Grimes’ Teak buffet/sideboard

I am really impressed with the quality of the John Grimes sideboard, definitely worth a look.

You can find these items on the front page of our website under the ‘Latest’ heading.