A simple, time-worn ladder treated to
- a de-spidering (squeam!)
- a good cleaning
- an Annie Sloan Paint treatment
It has already found a new home.
The Burwood company made a variety of decorative items in the 60’s and 70’s with their patented “wood pulp” and plastic material. The result is a product that looks like wood but behaves like plastic and the intricate molding and whimsical results have a distinct “burwood” look. You’ll often see funky mirrors, clocks, wall ensembles, etc that bear the Burwood mark on the reverse along with the date of press (represented often in roman numeral format). This mirror is a perfect Burwood example. When found, it’s gold finish was a mess. I chose to finish it in chalk paint with the tiniest flecks of gold glaze as a nod to its past. Its convex face makes it quite interesting. This particular mirror has a secret. At some point, someone stuffed a newspaper in behind it (a 1960 Chicago paper) and I made sure to tuck it right back in when I was finished updating it.
This toolbox was left largely unmodified. I chose to leave the outside as found (just cleaned with forced air) and painted the inside with some “oops” latex so the new owner could put it right to use for – whatever their heart desired.
This little hutch is chock-full of storage potential with twelve little drawers, one larger one, and two shelves below. If I had the room, I’d be keeping it. I could imagine as much-needed storage in the kitchen, bathroom, entry, playroom, or craft room. I found it broken and in need of love and
blood sweat tears a little help. Now, she’s soft and sweet and waiting in the booth for a new home.
When I found this Hobart Cabinet, it was crusted in green paint and begging to be back in service. Who am I to refuse a cabinet’s dreams? She’s a keeper.