Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Brasilia Before And After. You Might Remember This Broyhill Brasilia Drop Leaf Harvest Table From Last October. It's Has Finally Emerged From It's Cocoon And Boy Is It Pretty! Status: Available.
After a long winter the Brasilia harvest table is back out in the open. It's been a long wait but it was totally worth it. It needed lots of love and luckily I know just the man for the job. He loves the work and loves Brasilia so it was only natural that he takes care of all my Broyhill "troubles".
YIKES! Right? This is what I dropped in poor Dan's lap. You remember my buddy Dan? He's got
the banging joint that I featured many moons ago and he recently refinished a Broyhill Brasilia drop leaf
extension table for me that I've got available in my booth at The Green Shag Market. But this table was
a little bit of a test for him. Look at that mess.
...And look at the impressive job he did on this. It's hardly recognizable! If you've got a Brasilia or
similar piece that needs some love and are local to the St. Louis area shoot me a note and I'll hook you
up with Dan to see if he can be of assistance. I don't know all the details of exactly what his process is
but I know he finishes off with a satin Poly coat for durability.
I don't know exactly what to call the almost iridescent swirls in the grain. Are they "birds eyes" or
"figuring"? Whatever they are, Dan's awesome refinish job brought them out beautifully. They really
steal the show. Sure, this is a pretty rare and hard to find style of Brasilia dining table but everybody's
gonna just talk about the wood grain!
The table is not without some character. I gave some thought to splicing in some walnut veneer where
these chips are but didn't think it was worth the effort. I like that the table has some bumps and bruises.
I like to think it adds authenticity to these vintage pieces. Heck, some people pay lots of money to places
like Restoration Hardware to buy a new table with "character" added.
There are also some small imperfections on the top. Still, compared to what this table came from...I
actually bought the table just for the legs. I've got yet another table to have Dan work on that had some
busted up legs and this table was in such rough shape, but when I showed it to Dan...he thought it could
be saved. He was right!
So now that this one is back on it's feet it too needs a new home to dazzle. It's got a new lease on life
and is ready provide many more years of loyal service to it's next owner. I almost wish I hadn't found
my dream dining table (my Florence Knoll dining table) so that I could keep this all for myself! Alas, I
cannot keep it and it must find a new family to serve. It shouldn't be too hard. How many others like
this have ya seen?