Archive for February, 2012

Curious About Caring For Your Furniture?


Feb 29, 2012 antique, DIY, DIY Del Ray, furniture, furniture care, Restor-A-Finish, vintage 0 Comments

Buying furniture is an investment, especially antique and vintage pieces. Protect that investment with our tips for caring for your furniture.

The ladies at DIY Del Ray sat down with us to chat about the best way to care for wood furniture, silver pieces, upholstered furniture and fine china. Read their post for our tips about how to care for furniture here and check out a sampling of our tips below!

How To Make Your Furniture Last Forever:

  • When you first acquire a piece, especially if it is dingy or dirty (maybe you scored a crazy deal at our sister store Not Too Shabby Consignments or found it in somebody’s curbside diss pile) clean, clean, clean it. The best formula for cleaning furniture is 1/3 linseed oil, 1/3 white vinegar and 1/3 turpentine. Clean, clean, clean with a soft dry cloth. This formula is tried and true and will leave your furniture looking brand new (hey, I rhymed)!
  • Restore furniture that might be nicked, scratched or damaged using a product called Restor-A-Finish (pictured above). You can purchase Restor-A-Finish at our shop, it comes in a variety of finishes to fit your specific needs. Use #0000 super fine steel wool and gently scrub – voila, a refreshed and restored piece!
  • Maintain that furniture you worked so hard to make beautiful again by NOT using products like Pledge or Endust (they can discolor and damage wood). Instead, use a product like The Original Bees Wax, available at our shop, for weekly cleanings. Use it when you dust or clean your house!
For more tips and tricks for cleaning and caring for your furniture, read DIY Del Ray’s Article here!

Happy Cleaning!

Photo Credit: Katie DIY Del Ray

All New, Just For You!


Feb 6, 2012 shelving, storage, unique, vintage 0 Comments

We asked, you answered! We have so many fantastic, unique pieces in our shop right now! Including the vintage jar holder pictured above- originally made to hold screws, nails, bolts and the like – but could be repurposed in a very cool way! Use it for beads, buttons, craft supplies, herbs, seeds or use it as decor and throw a variety of textured items in the jars!

Happy Shopping!

All New, Just For You!


Feb 6, 2012 mid century, new inventory, rustic, Votivo candles 0 Comments

Brand new inventory, just for you! Find Votitvo candles in Eight Hands Round space upstairs at Potomac West – they smell fantastic and make perfect gifts for your sweetheart!

There are great pieces all over the store this week – including a lovely rustic dining table, new shabby chic side tables and of course, great new merchandise from our mid century modern dealer Acme Mid Century! Stop by this week and check it out!