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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Saarinen-inspired coffee table

It’s hardly a convincing knock-0ff to the discerning eye, I realize, but it is what it is. After trading two Navy Side Chairs, Gadora was determined to breath new life into the Saarinen-inspired table. At first I planned to replace the tabletop entirely, but finding the wood was in decent—if not sticky—condition, decided only a good sanding and finish was necessary.

BEFORE
BEFORE

Playtime out at the workshop...
Playtime out at the workshop…

Two layers of stain were eventually applied, as the first layer ran. The table was then spot sanded and a final layer of stain applied. Drying overnight, a light layer of wax was applied as a follow-up, then wiped off.

DIY supplies...
DIY supplies…

The most fun came in revealing the shimmer of the base. Like the Tulip Chair its shape is distinctive, but unlike Saarinen’s this called for a return to the original metal.

A work in progress...
A work in progress…

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