Q & A ~ Can you identify this piece?

An anonymous inquiry came via email: “I came across a cool mid-century coffee table. Glass oval top. Wooden boomerang/antler like legs. Any insight to name/age? Thank you in advance…[It] was found in my fathers attic during a move and posted on Craigslist.” He added that people have offered more than 4x what he listed it at and, “I wanted to make sure I wasn’t selling a Van Gogh.” Here goes…

"Boomerang" table (1)
"Boomerang" table (2)
"Boomerang" table (3)

With a hunch but not 100% sure, Gadora deferred to a dear friend with mad online search skills.

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(Dresser) going green…

Found a handsome 6-drawer wooden dresser on a yard/estate-sale outing with some girlfriends (and thank you both for helping me load it in my wonder wagon!). Set out, over the course of a few trips to the parent’s house, to fix it up…

Dresser ~ BEFORE

Gadora recycled the dresser’s original handles on this 3-table set and—because their “crackle” response was so great—gave this dresser a new “crackle” green face. Not as decipherable as the Lane Acclaim markings, the ‘internets’ claim K. Wee and Co. was established in 1966.  Anyone care to take a stab at the manufacture date? Below (right); entire surface received a solid sanding, both belt sander and by hand, before first paint application.

Tag and side.

Each hole, 16 in all, was filled and sanded allowing a fresh start for new handles. Having had a run-in with a mangled can of latex paint, Gadora re-purposed a plastic coffee can to provide easy access for the remainder.

Drawers and paint can alternative.

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Mid-Century Modern in Tulsa.

Recently Gadora traveled to Tulsa to see about her Mom. I like Tulsa (and love my Mama!). T-town is quiet, though Frank Lloyd Wright left an indelible mark with his “Westhope” home. Moments after touch down my Mama beamed, “we’ve got something to show you,” and whisked Gadora off to Mod50s Modern, a busy warehouse shop on East 15th.

50sMod on E. 15th, Tulsa
Mod50s on E. 15th, Tulsa

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it’s in the details…

Last week, Gadora happily adopted out the Kindel vanity and Lane side-table to a delightful couple who responded to two separate Craigslist posts. It was so nice to meet them. As new homeowners, R. and T. promised their fresh furnishings would be perfect for their space.

As we conversed about the pieces (and moved them out into the sunlight for a brighter look), it was evident they had been reading Gadora’s musings. They mentioned they’d also responded to a request, and were chosen, for HGTV’s Property Virgins. Filmed earlier this year, this is their new home…

Kindel's new home
Kindel's new home

T. was kind enough to send a picture. And R. was thoughtful enough to send the following, “[We] were gushing about the whole experience and our beautiful new pieces all the way home! We’re getting the word out about you, ms. wilderS*– you’ve got fans 🙂 Thanks again for the pieces and your wonderful craftsmanship! You brightened some engineers’ day!”

And with that email they completely brightened mine, too. While Gadora adored both pieces, as they were truly a labor of love, I am elated they’ve found such good people to live with!

* The “S” references the BlogLuxe nomination for “BEST EYE CANDY” whereby “gadorawilders” was nominated with an “S.” We chatted about that too. Now, there are 2 nominations for this here blog, and while more votes weighed in for gadora with an “S”, both have been pushing traffic Gadora’s way…

Life in the slow Lane…

Yesterday was the 3-month anniversary of carting home the Lane Acclaim series side-table. In need of work, ours has been a love-hate relationship ever since. Well, at least until today! Below: the car ride home…


What Gadora imagined might be a brilliant and expeditious reno, was actually a laborious lesson in patience and how to best overcome over-simplified project expectations. The original oven-baked lacquer finish had at some point been coated with a shiny lacquer.

Mr. Kemp and Lucky checkin her out.
Mr. Kemp and Lucky sniff it out.

More than 11 hours after beginning, picking up and applying the first container of stripper… we have success!

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