This is another favorite piece of mine. I found it in the basement of my grandparents house. The sides of the wood and the metal were painted green, but chipping off. All my grandpa could tell me about it was that it was in his glass shop in San Francisco. I asked if I could take it and restore it and it became my summer project in 2011. Man, what a project. I had to remove the paint from the metal using a steel sponge. The most difficult part was sanding the green paint off the wood. I used an electrical sander, sanded by hand, and used paint remover. It took a long time, but I was more than satisfied with the final outcome. My grandparents liked the final product as well. It currently resides in my parents room as a side table to their reading chair. This is another favorite piece of mine. I found it in the basement of my grandparents house. The sides of the wood and the metal were painted green, but chipping off. All my grandpa could tell me about it was that it was in his glass shop in San Francisco. I asked if I could take it and restore it and it became my summer project in 2011. Man, what a project. I had to remove the paint from the metal using a steel sponge. The most difficult part was sanding the green paint off the wood. I used an electrical sander, sanded by hand, and used paint remover. It took a long time, but I was more than satisfied with the final outcome. My grandparents liked the final product as well. It currently resides in my parents room as a side table to their reading chair. This is another favorite piece of mine. I found it in the basement of my grandparents house. The sides of the wood and the metal were painted green, but chipping off. All my grandpa could tell me about it was that it was in his glass shop in San Francisco. I asked if I could take it and restore it and it became my summer project in 2011. Man, what a project. I had to remove the paint from the metal using a steel sponge. The most difficult part was sanding the green paint off the wood. I used an electrical sander, sanded by hand, and used paint remover. It took a long time, but I was more than satisfied with the final outcome. My grandparents liked the final product as well. It currently resides in my parents room as a side table to their reading chair.

This is another favorite piece of mine. I found it in the basement of my grandparents house. The sides of the wood and the metal were painted green, but chipping off. All my grandpa could tell me about it was that it was in his glass shop in San Francisco. I asked if I could take it and restore it and it became my summer project in 2011. Man, what a project. I had to remove the paint from the metal using a steel sponge. The most difficult part was sanding the green paint off the wood. I used an electrical sander, sanded by hand, and used paint remover. It took a long time, but I was more than satisfied with the final outcome. My grandparents liked the final product as well. It currently resides in my parents room as a side table to their reading chair.

My mom was able to snag this old sewing machine for free. It was going to be thrown out, but she asked for it. It still works, just missing the foot pedal. Such a beautiful piece. My mom was able to snag this old sewing machine for free. It was going to be thrown out, but she asked for it. It still works, just missing the foot pedal. Such a beautiful piece.

My mom was able to snag this old sewing machine for free. It was going to be thrown out, but she asked for it. It still works, just missing the foot pedal. Such a beautiful piece.

This pocket watch is from the American Watham Watch Company. The serial number dates it back to 1858. My dad bought it from his good friend’s cousin in Arkansas. See, Arkansas does have something good to offer!


  This pocket watch is from the American Watham Watch Company. The serial number dates it back to 1858. My dad bought it from his good friend’s cousin in Arkansas. See, Arkansas does have something good to offer!


 
This pocket watch is from the American Watham Watch Company. The serial number dates it back to 1858. My dad bought it from his good friend’s cousin in Arkansas. See, Arkansas does have something good to offer!
 

According to my mom, this mirror is 80+ years old. My grandpa (different from the one with the Mustang) owned a glass shop in San Francisco and this was left there. It has been in my home(s) for as long as I can remember. And if you’re wondering, that’s my brother and I’s silhouettes’ in the black frame. Made in Disneyland circa 1995.

This unique table was my first antique purchase. I bought it at an antique fair in Folsom, CA in 2006. For only $20, I thought it was a great deal. I had never seen anything like it, and have yet to. Although it provides little room for storage, it is a beautiful piece and one of my favorites. This unique table was my first antique purchase. I bought it at an antique fair in Folsom, CA in 2006. For only $20, I thought it was a great deal. I had never seen anything like it, and have yet to. Although it provides little room for storage, it is a beautiful piece and one of my favorites. This unique table was my first antique purchase. I bought it at an antique fair in Folsom, CA in 2006. For only $20, I thought it was a great deal. I had never seen anything like it, and have yet to. Although it provides little room for storage, it is a beautiful piece and one of my favorites.

This unique table was my first antique purchase. I bought it at an antique fair in Folsom, CA in 2006. For only $20, I thought it was a great deal. I had never seen anything like it, and have yet to. Although it provides little room for storage, it is a beautiful piece and one of my favorites.

Why I Love Antiques

Music Accompaniment: Stand By Me - Ben E. King Sorry that it cuts off the beginning, but I just love live versions. Plus, watching the kids dance in the background is extra entertainment.

I grew up in a home where our decor was a combination of antiques and items that look like they could be antiques. Additionally, I was taken into every antique store my mom happened to see. Although it started out as something that was not necessarily my choice, I have happily decided to pursue it. There is something so awesome about buying an item that has a history, something that was new 60 years ago. It is difficult to explain, although I am sure other antique enthusiasts understand and I hope that others can grasp an understanding of what I mean. There is also an obvious desire for anything that is no longer produced. 

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Although all new items, minus the wooden box and doily, this particular set up looks antiquated. It’s just a small example of how my mom decorates with antique style.

I’ll be sharing pictures and stories throughout the week about antiques in my home.