Isn't this an amazing transformation, readers? Wow!
Unfortunately, this Featherweight table is not the one Santa left for me in the street last weekend, but rather belongs to MPB reader Wayne of Florida, who restored it himself. This pic shows the table before he applied polyurethane, but it looks fantastic to me as is (the blue tape is simply to keep the black enamel paint applied to the sides off the top).
You can see that Wayne's table was originally in similar condition to mine (pictured below) -- maybe worse.
I have received detailed advice on refinishing my table from a number of readers (Thanks, Sammi!), and the information has been very helpful. It sounds like the old varnish will come off easily with just sandpaper (starting with a coarser grain and working down to finer ones), so I won't have to use a chemical stripper, which I was dreading. I hope to get started on this today, but you know me: anything can happen.
Friends, this is the downside to all those amazing finds I tell you about: they usually need some TLC, which just becomes another chore. I mean, if I hadn't found this table on Saturday, I certainly wouldn't be sanding veneers today. And poor Patti Playpal still needs her thigh repaired -- sigh.
In other news....
I won this Twenties pattern on eBay this morning and if you happen to be the other bidder, my apologies.
The seller listed the dress pattern as being from 1921 but there is no way it's from the early Twenties. Here are some fashions from 1921. Among the differences are higher waistlines, lower hems, and no cloche hats.
In contrast, here are some McCall's fashions from 1928, in very much the same Art Deco-inspired vein as the pattern I purchased (particularly the gray and white ensemble on the far right with multi-paneled skirt and scarf).
Do you agree with me?
Meanwhile, my used burgundy and black Allen Edmonds saddle shoes arrived yesterday and they're groovy and comfy and certainly worth the price.
Also an eBay win, I purchased them before I made my cherry leopard pants, but was thinking they might work well together. Today, however, I'm not so sure. It's a little much, don't you think?
Friends, that's about it. We have a mystery houseplant Michael fished out of the trash months ago -- we do that kind of thing a lot here -- that has begun to bloom. Can anybody identify this houseplant, which might be in the aloe family? (Its leaves are similar to those of a snake plant, but fleshier.)
What is it about the week between Christmas and New Years that leaves me feeling a little disoriented? I think the best thing to do is to head to the hardware store ASAP in search of sandpaper, don't you?
In closing, are you the refinishing type, or are you more inclined to cover over blemishes with Contact Paper? Frankly, I always thought I was more the latter, but people change, I guess. I may even polish my Featherweight.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!