Monday, January 27, 2014

Rescued Paulownia Dresser

We decided to hire a guy to redo our driveway and parking space. And what a guy! He can do anything, and he gave us a year's worth of firewood to boot! Part of his job is pulling down old houses, so he tries to recycle any decent beams and posts. AND HE GIVES THEM AWAY!!! Our dream of adding a guest house is starting to look possible.  Also, as part of the demolition process, he often unearths antiques, collectibles, and some retro items that the customers give him. They are not always in the best of shape, but they aren't broken either.

Well, these things pile up, and he and his wife like to see them re-used. When we told them of our love of Japanese antiques, he showed me this beauty he got demolishing a doctor's house..
Rescued Paulownia dresser
It is quite scratched and worn, but amazingly all the fittings are whole (but rusty) and it looks amazing!
We have been looking in recycle shops for a dresser for our daughter, and now one just falls from the sky. 

Now I just need to figure out how to take care of it. Do I oil it? Polish it with a soft cloth? How would you care for 100 year old paulownia wood?


  1. You should be able to oil it. Linseed would be good. Looks like thirsty wood. I am a bit envious of your lovely dresser.

    1. Thanks! It is pretty neat. I hope there aren't any ghosts in it.

  2. Hey Eric, it's Rod Redden, Keith's friend. I'm still in Kamagaya, Chiba. Part time at MIL. Hope all is well.

    1. My friend too I hope!
      I liked your snowpacalypse video