Tag Archive | "Salvage"

Buyers Beware on CBC’s Four Rooms

Friday, March 14, 2014


On Monday I took some time out to visit Toronto’s 507 Antiques where CBC TV had assembled three of the four stars of Four Rooms for a little press junket. The show is a hybrid of Dragon’s Den and Antiques Roadshow in which hopeful sellers meet privately with four dealers seeking offers for their items. The catch is that they must take what they think is the best offer on the spot, once they leave a dealer’s room and move on to the next buyer, there’s no turning back, the previous offer is dead.

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Dirty Little Secrets

Sunday, August 4, 2013


I have a window IN my shower and you can imagine what years of water and rental neglect had done to the frame and sill. It was the most pressing home improvement I needed to make before I turn my apartment over to my visiting Home Exchangers and its been the most satisfying DIY I've tackled in a few years.My solution was boat-grade epoxy resin and polyurethane paint. I patched the worst of the holes with hardware store epoxy then build up two layers of resin, which leveled itself onto perfection. A light sanding and I was ready for the noxious, ultra-high gloss yacht paint that has me singing in the shower for the first time since I moved in!

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A Flea Flies in Leslieville

Monday, July 22, 2013


Last Sunday it was the Junction, this week Leslieville. Yes, hip flea markets are becoming the rage in T.O. so when I got an email from dealer pal Holly Gnaedinger (Twice Found Again) saying she was diving back into business I happily penciled the date into my calndar. The Leslieville Flea is a new monthly vintage […]

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Finally Doing it Right

Sunday, March 17, 2013


If the leggy little tray table, above right, looks familiar it's because I featured it as a quick and dirty DIY in October 2011. Too quick and too dirty as it turned out. My Red Green, duct-tape method for attaching the legs lasted a few days before it all fell apart. Then I tried epoxy, which held on for about a week. What I really needed was a circular piece of wood into which to screw the legs, and then attach the tray to the wood. This is where Michael Greenwood came in, kindly providing me with a perfectly-cut circle of 1/2" plywood.

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Old Wood Transformed by Greenwood

Monday, March 4, 2013


I admire Toronto-based craftsman Michael Greenwood as much for his work ethic and promotional savvy as for his talent in turning old wood into beautiful new furniture and building projects. Michael checked in with me a couple of weeks ago; business was a bit slow due to the winter so he was updating his blog and working his way through his contact list. As it turned out I needed a favour that only a woodworker could provide and so I dropped in on Michael at his new location in the artist colony at Stirling Road in Toronto's west end . . .

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