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New Addition

Well hello again! It’s definitely been too long before drinks, er I mean blog posts…..so to ease back into it I thought I’d share a few photos of a new addition to our household, and no it’s not a pet, or a baby.

Feast your eyes on this curvaceous coffee table I purchased off eBay a few weeks ago.

1950's Glass Top Coffee Table
Boomerang shaped coffee table!

As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be mine. The shape, the lines, the ‘floating’ glass top, the materials, all so appealing, and for what I thought was a great (read cheap) price.

The quality looks really good too. Beautiful Queensland maple? veneer and a really fine veneer edging, the hardware that helps secure the glass top is something that I haven’t seen before either.

With no visible markings to help identify a manufacturer it’s a little hard to accurately date, however judging from the design and materials I’m leaning towards the 1950’s. It’s definitely a keeper!

Functional Products Students Desk – Douglas Snelling

A few weeks ago I posted about a great Douglas Snelling sideboard manufactured by Functional Products Pty Ltd during the 1950’s.

Tonight I’d like to share another (rare?) piece by Snelling and Functional Products.

Australian Mid Century Desk
1950’s Queensland Maple desk

It’s a students desk, relatively simple in design however sporting those features that become ever so more recognisable each time you see them! Beautiful golden Queensland maple veneer, 4 angled front drawers and to the underside the Functional Products ink stamp.

Mid Century Australian Students Desk
Angular drawers on a Snelling Desk

Now I mentioned above the possibility of the students desk being a rare piece. In my research thus far I haven’t found another. It would of been apart of ‘The Snelling Line’ of furniture, and perhaps because of it’s simple design and looks, may of never really been thought to of had any value or significance?

Where to from here? Well, it joins the ever expanding list of items to ‘restore’. Now just to find a nice matching chair……..

Auction Watch # 11 – 1950’s Parker Sideboard

Search eBay for ‘Parker Sideboard Display Cupboard’ and you’ll come across the following –

Maple 1950's Buffet
Mid Century Sideboard

Although it’s touted as being from the 1960’s, it actually dates from 1953. I like it, beautiful Queensland maple, angled lines, concave handles and yellow backing in the display section is so typical of the Australian Mid Century era.

Yes, there is a little damage, however with a little time and effort it would come up great, and all at a very reasonable price too!

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.