The first set of photos here are shots of a victorian cast iron fireplace surround I incorporated into the faceframe of a cabinet. The back of the surround is marked Geo H Tay & Co, SF. Through a google search I have discovered that George Tay left Newark NJ in 1849 for the Ca gold fields and opened George Tay & Co. stove parts & tin goods on Battery St. in SF soon after. He became a prominent SF business owner, mentioned in an 1856 roster of the SF vigilance society, also in the first publication of a telephone book in SF in 1876 and numerous other historical documents. The detail in the casting is amazing, I have included several detail shots. A very cool piece of San Francisco history. Th next photo is of a cabinet made with an old shutter as a door. I remodeled an Oakland, Ca. Craftsman Bungalow several years ago and saved the shutters that flanked the original exterior windows, now they are being repurposed as furniture! Next up, this small cabinet has legs from an antique cast iron stove. The door was made from an architectural fragment off a Santa Cruz, Ca. Victorian, I framed some old ceiling tin 4 leaf clover designs in the holes. The first mirror pictured is framed by the top half of an antique entry door, from a SF victorian. Second mirror was a custom piece, as was the small shelf piece incorporating some old fence pickets. The jelly cabinet has a green and yelloow door purchased at Alameda Antique fair, the door came from a old Lodi, Ca. farmhouse. The tall chimney cabinet has a door made from an old 4 panel Victorian door, cut in half down the middle.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Here are photos of a couple recent pieces not posted before. The first set of photos are of a small cabinet. The door is a leaded glass salvage piece, the brass window lock is very cool, and the fancy brass knob is from the locking mechanism I removed from a set of entry doors from an old SF Victorian, they were 10' tall!. The front feet are cast iron, from a stove I believe. Repurposed wood throughout. The second set of photos are of a small nightstand/table. I purchased an old(square nail const.) schoolhouse type desk at the Santa Cruz flea. The legs had been chopped off in the past. I had worked it into another piece but it just didn't work so I started over. Here I added some angled pieces of wood to the sides to make the top sit flat when closed. The detail shot of the cast iron inkwell holder shows a Star of David embellishment. Perhaps this desk is from Hebrew School? The cover was so crusted with old paint I had no idea this was here until I cleaned it off. Very Cool! The body was constructed with some very nice balusters and some old porch brackets I got from a friend in Conneticut. The front feet are actually some old brass doorknobs, really a fun piece. Finally, I have posted some photos of recently acquired salvage, some entry doors. These doors date to 1860, they came from a SF Victorian. I will post photos of what I make out of them soon.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Here are photos of pieces completed in month of Oct., plus vanity photos with countertops installed. I posted vanities some time ago, I recently visited the jobsite and they have countertops installed on these two. I look forward to posting photos of all finished bathroom vanities(5), also Kitchen Island. To see up close details just click on individual photos. The hutch and jelly cabinet are available at Abode, Half Moon Bay. There is a link on this blog. The custom countertop was made for a client that wanted to cover a washer/dryer on one side, and create a shelf area for dining on the opposite side. Because of the unique shape I visited the jobsite and made a template. This piece is constructed of rough sawn Doglass Fir timbers, milled into long strips and glued up. The client wanted to retain some of the rough hewn saw marks, nail holes, etc. so it was not planed, rather I sanded extensively and then applied multiple coats of a water based clear coat. The painted cabinet is a piece purchased new by a client, then I painted the body and created doors to give this cabinet a unique look. It was quite generic when I started. This piece is going to Australia! The wall cabinet door(also hutch doors) was part of an old cabinet found at SF salvage yard. The doors had plywood where probably was originally glass. I thought they were cool because of the arched top edge and the fact that they had been sandblasted to remove the paint. I removed plywood and rebuilt doors with colorful beadboard. The wall cabinet has shelve sized for CD's. It is currently avail. The End Tables are built on the same theme as the benches I build. Multi-colored with a shelf underneath. Available. The last photos are of some more coatracks. The green one has very nice brass collectible antique knobs. The faucet handle one is avail. at Beach House Style, a very cool store in Fairfax, Ca. I will be showing again at Marin Farmers Market in Civic Center parking lot, San Rafael on Thurs. Nov. 12, also Sun. Nov 22, weather permitting.
Monday, October 5, 2009
All pieces shown in this post and 9/24 post are available. I will be showing my Bryan Appleton Designs furniture and planter boxes at Marin Farmers Market (San Rafael Civic Center)on Thursday Oct. 8 and Sunday Oct. 11. Tentative schedule for Long Beach Antique fair Oct. 18 also. Thanks for looking, Bryan