Antique! What makes an antique exactly? According to the web, it's anything that is 100 years old or more.
I always marvel at the items my sister gives to us. They are almost always gorgeous and have a level of detail that I find mesmerizing. I usually don't get that same feeling when I'm forced to go shopping at Ikea or some other contemporary store. But stepping into an antique is a journey back in time where craftsmanship and art were valued differently than today.
So let's play a quick game. Can you spot the antiques in this picture?
We also recently attended a very big antique show. It's pretty easy to see what generation of people you might see at a show like this. To make a long story short, I think we were some of the youngest people there and it made me question how much the younger generations find value in old, beautifully hand crafted things.
I recently salvaged an antique Victorian entry door that some young man was giving away on craigslist. The picture showed a big door with mounds of paint on it but you could still see that it had all the original knobs, mailbox and door pull cover. I didn't know the condition but emailed him anyway and out of 50 emails, he responded to mine.
I went over to take a look at it and my tongue nearly fell out. I could tell that this was a very well crafted Victorian door that was worth something.
So I took it home and started cleaning the paint off.
|Exterior side had about 6 layers of paint but the entire door was in great shape. Nothing broken.|
|Scraped off about 3 layers of white paint on the interior side|
|So I took it home and started cleaning the paint off.|
|Restained and a coat of poly.|
|Same on the interior, Put back the oval, beveled window and reglazed.|