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Furniture Material


Furniture Material

We all know that furniture comes in different looks (sleek or ornate) and periods (Renaissance to Mid Century Modern). But do we ever think about the furniture material?
If a goddess is looking for a specific piece of furniture, it would be wise for her to examine the type of material that is used to make the piece of furniture. There are many types of materials. All have their own strengths and weaknesses.
Furniture Material

This is a variety of furniture styles, from onlinedesignteacher


The most popular type of material is wood. It has been used for centuries. It may have been the original material, but I am not that old and cannot attest to the fact. But, there are several different levels of wood as well. And a goddess needs to discover what wood is used, to determine if it is a worthwhile purchase.


  1. Solid wood (starting Egyptian times) is expensive. We will discuss various types of wood in another post. But it can be refinished and repaired many times. It can be very strong, or very weak, depending on the particular species. It can warp and bow over time. It can be covered in veneer to give, let’s say, an oak table the look of mahogany. Read more

Mid Century Furniture


Mid Century Furniture

Is this guaranteed mid century furniture or what?

mid century furniture

Doesn’t this look like the kind of table they used for poker before casinos were everywhere? I can just see it in a gentleman’s club, surrounded by cigar smoke.

I love going to antique stores, because you never know what you will find. I always feel like I am on a treasure hunt. The problem is, I usually don’t know what I am looking for. I plan things, but not when I am shopping. So a treasure hunt without a specific goal is my thing.

My favorite store is a huge rambler with a main floor and a basement. I haven’t gone to the barn yet, to see what there is there, because I have too much fun in the main store. They have lots of vendors, so there is a lot of different items, tastes, and prices to go through.

I was looking for something to do over the holidays. Something small, but something that would require elbow grease or creativity. Between you and me, I really hate having nothing to do. I had no idea what I was looking for. I was possibly thinking of an end table, but not even sure if that is what would strike my fancy. I saw the table I discussed in another post,  Table Top Repair!, but at that time I wasn’t really sure about doing something that ambitious. Read that post and you will see why.

Sit back, and let me tell you my story. Read more

Furniture Detection


Furniture Detection

Furniture detection can be a fun learning process. You might learn a few new things. You might make a few mistakes. But the best way to learn is by making mistakes. At least that’s how I learn.

I have been messing around with older furniture for about two years now. It all started when I went to an antique mall, and found a radio that the tag said “50s radio that still works!” I thought it looked cool, because of my love for all things vintage. I honestly didn’t care if it worked or not, I liked the look of it, so I bought it.

furniture detection

The back, before I tried to fix the top with some epoxy and using a close gel stain match.

There was some water damage to the veneer top.

Steps to Repair

  • I did some research through wood working magazines, and attempted to fix it myself.
  • I used some wood epoxy to fill in where the veneer had been stripped away.
  • I used a gel stain just on the top, because that was the only part that was damaged.
  • I have yet to find a new piece of fabric for the speaker cover, since that has a hole in it.

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