Hi everyone. Sorry for the lack of thrifting posts for awhile. We've been distracted by other things and miscellaneous house renovations. We found a number of goodies, but we'll save most of them for next time. As well... I'll probably be talking about upcoming changes to the main shop and our overall "mission" I guess. I'm not looking forward to it, but more on that later.
I just wanted to show off one item at least this week. I was at a thrift store two weeks ago, when I spied this Danish coffee table.
It was nearly covered up by dressers and plastic boxes stacked up on it, so I almost didn't even see the end peeking out. Oh - and it was sitting outside in the RAIN. I actually had to get one of the employees help me move stuff off so I could check it out. It wasn't in the best shape, and the guy knew it. But we've been looking for a replacement for our 70s fake veneer top semi-surfboard coffee table for awhile.
We're not going to be selIing this - so I'm comfortable with telling you the price. I must've hesitated, because he said, "Oh, all right 10 bucks". That made up my mind quickly. For everyone who's reading this and wondering what the big deal is, you have to remember we live in LA - i.e. LaLa price land. It's not like the Midwest or South - this stuff is really pricey over here.
I had a good feeling about it, but I didn't even see any makers mark on it before I bought it. When I got to the car, I was able to see this stamp on the underside of the table:
I think the reasons this table was still there was because of the horrible condition on the top, and because that stamp was very hard to see... there isn't much room between the undershelf and the bottom of table, so you really have to look for it. I couldn't even get a larger camera in there to take a pic of the mark.
I knew "Danmark" was a good sign.. and then some of the #thriftbreakers reminded me that Moreddi was actually MAURice and EDward Frank who imported a lot of furniture and other items from Denmark in the 50s-60s. There's an article on the company here and some other discussion on Design Addict here. I still don't know the designer or maker, just that it was imported by Moreddi.
So, I figured this would be a good chance to try out refinishing some furniture. It was cheap enough that I wouldn't be bummed if it didn't turn out. We've always talked about it, and we have quite a few "projects" in storage that need to be refinished. But this is the first time we've given it a go. Here's the table after the refinish:
I know - it's not perfect. But it sure looks and feels better than before! I was more interested in getting some confidence on this first project - taking down the finish and seeing what kind of effect oil and wax had on it. I discussed some options with @straylight42, @misterhambone, @vintagedamage and others on #thriftbreak. In the end, since the finish was nearly all gone anyhow on the top - I went with a 150 then 220 grit sandpaper to remove the remaining finish, and then Watco Danish teak oil, followed by Howard's Feed and Wax. I'd debated on the paint stripper versus sandpaper - I think next time I might try the former just to see.
I actually had to first do some glue repairs because the veneer had split on the ends. There was one area on the left, where the water damage was so severe that the veneer had actually rubbed off showing the base wood underneath. I wasn't confident enough to do a veneer replacement, so I just left it - maybe next time I'll give that a try. There's a black cup ring that didn't come off... I'd heard that this dark staining is caused by a heavier penetration of water or liquid into the veneer and that it was difficult to fix. Might investigate wood bleach if we ever have to deal with multiple dark cup rings on wood. Lastly, there was also a chunk taken out of the wood on the other side (can't see in photo). I ended up just filling it with wood filler and then staining that to try and match it. It's not as noticeable unless you look for it now. Again, next time I'll think about doing a veneer or wood piece replacement.
Overall, it's going to be good enough for our everyday coffee table. Definitely glad to finally get one of these projects done finally - look for more posted here in the future!
Ok, we'll try and resume more thrifting posts soon. Happy thrifting!