Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I WANNA live there Wednesday # 44

I live in a pretty incredible area - in Montreal, It's an historical neighbourhood loaded with tons and tons of charm - and 20th century architecture, just steps away from the city center, it's also a pretty expensive neighbourhood ( in which I live in servants quarters basically compared to what I'm surrounded by ) 
Because there are days I don't have furniture makeovers to show you - I've chosen Wednesdays to showcase and feature one or two homes that are for sale around here.................( or apartment - or duplex - or teepee )
Keep in mind this is in the heart of the city - so the prices reflect that  - think Manhattan - where these places would cost 3 or 4 times what they're listed for here!
On occasion I'll showcase beautiful homes in other areas - countries - continents - the one thing most of them will have have in common will be their age - because I love old homes with stories to tell, join me won't you?

Good Morning All !!!
I'm so in love with this first one up I can't describe it - so I'm just going to show you the photos instead.
If any of you buy it - I have to be allowed to visit once a week!
Built in 1860
3 bdrms
3 baths - 1 half bath

I WANT that mirror ( and the fireplace actually )

LOVE the herringbone floors!

This beautiful outdoor area rests on top of the garage!!!!!!!!!!!

This would be a really good month to win the lottery I tell you - another gorgeous century old home follows!!!

Built in 1890
4 bedrooms
4 baths
2 half baths

I think I showed this one before - but it's worth looking at again

I want the first one
John wants the second one

Off to buy a lottery ticket - who knows - we may be able to buy both :)

Have a great Wednesday all

Partying with these gracious Hostesses!!!
No Minimalist Here                                The Shabby Creek Cottage                French Country Cottage
My Romantic Home                               The Shabby Nest                               It's Overflowing!
Not just a Housewife                             Savvy Southern Style                          Adorned from Above

Monday, July 1, 2013

The LAZY fix for very damaged Veneer!!!

Ok it's summertime in Montreal - and that means freaking humidity levels like you can't believe -
which also means my energy level is not where it should be - plus I'm impatient and really
don't enjoy the restoration part of fixing older furniture - I'm in too much of a hurry to get to the
creative part!!!

I had a horrible experience with damaged veneer once upon a time - you can read about it HERE
That post was before I knew about bookmarking - and not having dates show up on my photos
but you can at least see what I went through trying to fix veneer.
For all you bloggers who say removing veneer is easy - peasy.
or I just don't have the knack for it - ok - let's go with that one - because I definitely DON'T have
the knack for it...............

I just took another piece out of storage ( the unit is finally emptying out ) and looked at the damage and
thought " well that's nothing "  " I can very easily just fill that and be done with it

One time, long ago, a dentist told me I had a pin point cavity that had to be dealt with - the operative word being PIN POINT - by the time he was finished drilling and cleaning and prepping the tooth, I could stick half my tongue in it..............
That's kind of what happened here because we can definitely call this a pin point damage, right?

I would have made a great dentist I think.......................

Suzan says - I have a easy fix for this John
Suzan says - It's like Dentistry you know - I had to clean all the surrounding area - it was all loose
John says - It was like Dentistry?
Suzan says - Never mind - it's too complicated to go into all the details - but it had to be done, trust me
Suzan says - You know that wood we use to give dressers new drawer bottoms?
Suzan says - Can you just cut me 2 panels to slide over the damaged tooth panels?

and like any Dentist I gave the crappy part of to my Dental Assistant................
I happen to have a very good one

At this point you could even stain it ( you can't do with filler )

It still needs to be glued down and nailed along the edges for extra strength - but voila - this piece can now proudly " smile " and not be ashamed..................

John says - I'm still laughing over you comparing yourself to a Dentist - that beats all
Suzan says - Oh be quiet - it's very similar - I clean - I fill cavities - I work with veneers.....................and then I polish.  ( hell I've even performed a root canal on a piece or 2 now that I think of it )
John roars......................

But the more I think of it, I'm going to have John cancel his next Dentist appointment for a cleaning -
and try out my newest tool

It's just a matter of following the directions after all

I'll let you know how that works out.....................but I'm thinking of engraving a little heart on his front tooth

Stay tuned - I'll have the makeover post of this dresser up soon!
Have a great day all

Dr.Suzan Sweatman F.D. ( furniture dentist at your service )

Oh and for all my fellow Canadians - Hope you had a wonderful Happy 144th Canada Day!!!!!!!!!!
I'm only a day late - getting better and better all the time :)

I am so very very proud to call this country my home & native land....................

Partying with!!!
Miss Mustard Seed