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Brown-Saltman Desk And Chair Completed

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This set was in pretty rough shape!

You might remember me blogging about this desk sometime back. Our friend Vic allowed us to buy it because she wanted it to be restored. Though this set needed a lot of work, it had to be done. Brown-Saltman pieces are hard to come by and deserve every chance at becoming new again.  The first thing I had to deal with was the re-veneer of the top of the desk and drawer fronts.

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The top had burns, water damage, stains and chunks of wood missing.

Since the surface of this desk had wood loss in some areas, I had to fill it before I re-veneered it. You might be saying what should I use for a filler…….Bondo. This stuff is a great filler for projects like these.

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Here are the pieces with bondo applied and drying in the sun. Once the bondo is dry I will sand it flush with the surrounding surfaces.

The next step is to rough cut the veneer with excess to allow for trimming and adjustments. Once you apply the veneer glue to the under surface of the veneer and the surface of the desk and those surfaces come in contact, you will not be able to separate them again.

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Here is an example of a process used when applying veneer. This is a great help to make sure a good fit. (click)

Once I applied the new veneer I trimmed off the excess and light sanded the edge and all surfaces to prepare for stain.

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Next step is to apply the Heywood Wakefield champagne stain. The original look of these desks had a pickled finish. I am not too keen on that finish so I changed it up!

After 4 coats of the Heywood Wakefield stain the desk was ready for re-assembly.

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Here they are drying in the late afternoon sun.

The chair was refinished the same way as the rest of the desk, once it was done I sent it over to Bill at B&T Upholstery to recover it in some fantastic teal frieze fabric, similar to the upholstery on our famous pink wing chair. Here are the results:

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All I can say is WOW! Thanks Bill, it looks great!

Now with the chair done and the desk re-assembled it, is now time to move it into our bedroom so Mel has a work station when she needs to work. We are pleased with the final results and will enjoy this piece for years to come.

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As you can see, we had a piece of glass cut for the top to safeguard it from damage.

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Radio by Hoffman, Cabinet by Brown-Saltman

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I really like the simple lines on this unit.

Mel and I hit Second Sunday last weekend and didn’t find much till we stumbled across this great unit our friend Dennis was selling. He works in construction and said he got this out of one of those big houses in S.F., he said it was in the basement and he purchased it from the original owner. I liked the cabinet and the look of the unit a lot but we went crazy for it when I noticed a small stencil next to the record player it said…

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The mark of quality

I have been wanting one of these fold out units for a long time and this was the perfect set up.

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Tell me that isn’t cool!

This unit is known as a Hoffman B1000 and was produced in 1947 by Hoffman Radio Corp.; Los Angeles, California. It’s has broadcast bands plus 2 Short Wave bands. It has a record player on the opposite side.

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The cabinet will need to be refinished. There are many scratches and scuffs from years of use. This radio appears to be complete with all the knobs and parts.  The fabric on the front seems to be in great shape.

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I need to find replacement water slide stencils to replace the ones that are rubbed off.

I will need to get this over to Louis at Stereo Advisor to get it running well again. It looks like it has sat for a while. This unit will look great with our Brown-Saltman desk and chair that I am almost done refinishing (Thanks Vic!). The chair is over at Bill’s from B&T Upholstery getting redone. Once it is complete I will make sure to blog about it. We are excited to see how it will all turn out.

Ultra Cool Table & Chairs

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Mel and I came across this set when antiquing up in Chico. We thought we could use it in place of our diner booth but after a long debate we have decided to sell it and keep the booth. It is soo depressing when you find something you love but then have to turn around and unload it because you have no space for it…..sigh.

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Who ever gets this set will be soo lucky. The Formica on it is in fantastic condition and if someone decides to re-upholster the cushions it will POP!

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Couldn’t you see Dean Martin and the pack eating breakfast around this table rehashing the events from the night before?! Man this thing just oozes cool. We have it for sale in Sacramento on Craigslist, sorry not willing to ship. I hope one of our local readers scores this set.

1961 Phil Brinkman Prints (Double Signature)

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Excuse the reflection, That darn glass makes it difficult to get a clean picture.

Mel and I came across these prints a few Second Sundays ago. I was soo excited to find them. At first I thought they were originals so I was about to jump out of my skin. Mel pointed out the copyright symbol on the art and that is how we knew they were prints. I still wanted them and we were able to pick them up for $25 for the pair.

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Once we got home we were able to look at them more closely and we noticed a pencil signature on each of them. I had never seen prints with an additional signature on them, but after some research I found info on “double signed” prints. It is basically where the original artist signs a print, thus leaving two signatures on the print. Next to an original it is about the best you can do. You might remember I blogged about “The Great Phil Brinkman” awhile back.

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He produced a lot of work in the Bahamas

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These will look great in our Tiki Room! I have a couple of spare Carlo frames lying around that I might try to put them in.

 

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