Archive | September 4, 2010

What’s Going On On The Porch…

You won’t believe what a bad antique mommy I’ve been!

This is what I’ve been working on, on the porch…

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The backstory – A while ago (like last year), a good friend of my husbands gave us his great grandmother’s old treadle sewing machine, in the table. It had sat out for a while at his house and the veneer was peeling on the top. I gave it a quick look and said ‘Store it on the porch’. Yeah. Really. So then, a couple of days ago, I was looking at it (took the tarp off – thank goodness I used a tarp to protect it through the year) and realized the machine is in great shape and the table in very near to great shape once I took off the old veneer which was too badly lifted to redo.

I looked her up. She has a one letter prefix in her serial number and was manufactured in 1906 in Elizabethport, Elizabeth, New Jersey, as part of 10,000 machines (model number 27) destined for montreal. Makes perfect sense since the grandmother in question and our friend’s family come from Cornwall, Ontario.

Here are some progress photos…

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I used the old favorites to clean the machine – baking soda, vinegar, toothbrush, elbow grease 🙂 Oh, and lots of rags to protect things that weren’t getting cleaned!

I used murphy’s oil soap and steel wool on the wood…I’m still in the process of getting it all cleaned down. My ultimate plan will be to oil it with a mixture of boiled linseed oil/turpentine/red wine vinegar. I think she will be gorgeous!

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Wow. Ok, picture heavy post.

I shall soon be back with a more finished look, I hope! 🙂