So, my husband; feeling a bit left out of my vintage linens, (what man isn’t?) decided to add a “Dads Corner” to my AmericanClassics – B30 space. “Dads
Corner” in a Mom & Me space? What, is he crazy? Well, as it turns out, he may not be. He put in some of his vintage pens that he took from his other case in the store (case 409), some beautiful paperweights that I had admired when he first purchased them, and some funky art pieces that frankly make me laugh every time I look at them. (The “Primitive Printers” on top of the case is so ugly – it can only be a piece for a man cave or a writer with a sense of humor.
Anyway, he set the case up and immediately it started to gain attention. Mostly from the men who’s wives were forcing them to wait while they visited my lovely linen selection. I began to see my husbands thinking here. Mom & Me should be a shop that everyone could enjoy. Of course his reasoning was that it helped poor husbands who are doing their best to pass the time while waiting. Then he began to put in some Japanese and Chinese Netsuke carvings. Now he had my attention and, as it turns out, some of the attention of my visiting wives. Now he has three cases – two in Space B30 and one in Space B26 where he has many of his older Victorian items.
Good for him – it keeps him out of trouble and out of my . . . well you know what I mean.
You see a beautiful brass or copper antique pot, kettle or other metal object in the flea market but some fool has lacquered it. You know it’s a vintage piece, but its value is greatly diminished by the now yellowing lacquer. However, the price is right and when you point out that its been lacquered; the seller offers to make you an even better deal. So you buy it with thoughts of leaving the lacquer and using it for a trash can. (shudder)
What can you do with that lacquer? Try this.
Mix ½ cup of baking soda with
1 gallon of boiling water
Put the newly found lacquered pot into this solution and let sit. When the water cools the lacquer should peel right off. Be careful not to use any sharp metal instruments around the crevices or tight areas. Use a toothbrush instead. If any lacquer remains, repeat the process. You should have a completely restored piece by the end of the day. We’ve not tried this on varnish or an other finish other than lacquer. If you do and it works, let us know. We’ll pass it on and give you credit for the advice.