5.07.2010

Extravaganza! It's a Fun Word

I have been wanting to participate in Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday for quite some time. So, I thought I'd whip out my camera and take some shots of my favorite piece. My camera was not in a good mood. Its batteries decided to die on me. Then it laughed at me when I realized my memory card was not inserted. While I do have an internal memory, my port to download photos is wonky so all photos on my internal are stuck there forever. So, you are stuck with bad pictures. Sorry.


I got her when my sisters and I did a trek to Mount Dora. It's near Orlando. I love going to Renningers. They have what is called an Extravaganza! Doesn't that just sound wonderful? Well it is. And I suggest if you are able to attend one of these you go!
There are some Renningers in PA too.


She has great details. I tried to lighten the pictures so you could see the dove tails and the square nail heads. She was very dark, like the dove tails, when I got her. I didn't strip her but I did use an antique refinisher and then Kramer's Best. I can usually get away with just using Kramers but this was pretty heavy with old finish and it needed more. Either more time and muscle with the Kramer's or a step up. I chose a step up.



Do you see the side? It's all one piece of wood. Even down to the back leg. When boards are that wide, it's a good sign of it's age. It's sitting on a Flor sample so I can move it around.


The inside even smells old. I love that smell. The panels on the doors are chamfered, another sign to look for. While I'm using it to store photo albums, I would like to move them and then decorate the inside and leave one door open.


Had to turn her around to take a shot of the back too. So you could see all of the rough cut wood they used. Again wide planks. The guy I bought her from called it a linen press. I'm not sure on that but I do keep my table clothes in that big deep drawer. So it is now.


I'm linking up with: 
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed's


12 comments:

  1. ooo, she is a pretty thing. thanks for sharing pics of this gorgeous piece :)

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  2. Very nice chest. Love the legs on the front.

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  3. Anita,
    Nice piece of furniture, thanks for sharing it's charm! I've been to Renningers, but never for the extravaganza. We always visit the in-laws the 1st week of march, near Leesburg.
    I wish we could go a week earlier just to get to the extravaganza! (love mt dora too!)
    Rose

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  4. What a gorgeous piece! I have several old dressers and a neat very old hutch, and I love the dove tail joints! They just don't make them like that any more!

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  5. What a pretty piece of furniture. Wouldn't mind that in my house. Wanna trade for something???? lol.

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  6. wow, what a great piece of furniture! They just don't make 'em like they used to.
    gail

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  7. Hi Anita, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment for me! It's nice to 'meet' you, and I am enjoying looking around your blog too.
    That is a lovely piece of quality, wooden furniture, I can see why she is your fave!!
    :) Flick

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  8. I'm so glad you finally participated! That piece is absolutely gorgeous. The lines, craftsmanship and patina of that old wood are all amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  9. that is a fabulous piece, anita! i love old rustic pieces like that- so charming and rich in history and workmanship.

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  10. I would love to have a piece like this in my home. Stunning!

    Take care,
    Lisa

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