Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Great Find!

Look what I scored off Kijiji*! I usually just quickly browse the adds every so often, and I spotted this great little mahogany table for only 15$!

It had a few deep chips to the finish on the top, and some light scratches to the legs, but I fixed those in just a few minutes with coloured wax (for the chips) and a touch-up marker (legs). Otherwise it's in absolutely perfect shape. It's not a true antique piece from the 1800's, but it's a very well made reproduction, probably from the early 1900s (maybe 1930s?) The top is a veneer/plywood, but you can't tell unless you really know what to look for. The legs and pedestal are very well made, with no cracks or loose joints. I think they refer to these as a "snake foot". The varnish (which looks like very thick shellac) is all crackled but I like it this way.

Overall, an absolutely amazing little table (19" x 29" and 18" high) for only 15$. I'll use it as an end table in the living room. The best part: it was literally just one block away from my house (it was on 6th street and I'm on 5th street).

I was really excited to post it, since I picked it up just last night, but the lighting was bad and I wanted decent photos of it.

* Kijiji is a classifieds website. It's just like Craigslist, but no one in Cornwall uses Craigslist. I often browse for antiques, tools, or home reno materials.


  1. I had a table just like that; I think I paid $140 for it at an antique show. One visit by a toddler and it was never the same.

  2. Hi JC,
    SWEET! I love those 'I found a real treasure for dirt cheap' stories. Beautiful little piece, congrats.
    That home is indeed 'jaw dropping' - impeccable.
    I also love those 'somebody baught that sad old house and it's being fixed up' stories. It's going to be a pretty one!