The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 95
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 95

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 5, 1976
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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 Fll Refinishing Trunks Helps Solve Storage Problems AP Ntwjftiturtl Old trunks are among the most desirable items being sought by those who have discovered their usefulness in solving storage problems. They are used at the foot of beds, in the nursery and have even gone off to college dorms. Finding just the right trunk has become a real scavenger hunt, as neighbors try to outdo one another in refinishing them. Un til a few years ago, only the smaller older trunks were being sought, especially for , homes furnished in antiques. But there just aren't enough of the bridal variety around, so many women are refinishing the larger trunk to look old. One woman "distressed" a trunk for a beautiful look. It had so many gouges and dents, she had no alternative, she said. But gouges and dents can be filled, if you don't mind spending a little time. Paint ex perts suggest big gouges or pores can be filled with paste wood that has been thinned to the consistency suggested by the manufacturer. The paste is brushed on and allowed to set until it loses its gloss. Then burlap or coarse sandpaper is wiped across it to distribute the paste into the grain. After drying it for four hours, it is sanded with medium paper (in the direction of the grain) to remove excess filler. All straps, wooden knobs and other pieces of hardware should be removed from the trunk before it is refinished. It may be simpler to mask the hinges if the trunk is old. To get a trunk down to its bare wood surface, use a coarse sandpaper in the direction of the wood grain. After that use a medium grade and then a fine grade sandpaper. Remove all traces of sandpaper dust with a cloth or a vacuum brush. If paint remover is used, put it on heavi ly and soak it for perhaps 30 minutes. If the bare wood doesn't begin to show, you may need another coat of the remover, which might be washed with lukewarm water after another 30 minutes. Some people like to stain the wood after a fine sanding. It should be applied with a lint-free cloth or a bristle brush. The stain is applied to the sides of the chest first, then the top, using either pigmented oil stain or a combination stain sealer. Decorating Projects Abound ooo Betty Stove and Jeanne Evert on their election as president and secretary of the United States Women's Tennis Association . . . Rosie Casals for her selection to the United States Federation Cup and Wrightman Cup teams . . . Francoise Durr who with Rosie Casals won the United States Tennis Association women's indoor doubles championship. These outstanding athletes are members of the professional staff at Jupiter Ocean & Racquet Club. Isn't it about time you considered a condominium at this outstanding oceanside tennis-oriented community just north of Palm Beach. Our 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments start at $53,500; 3-bedroom, 3-bath from $70,500 and 1-bedroom tennis villa $35,900. Immediate occupancy. The Jupiter Occam IL The condominium resort community for the entire family mom, dad and the children. 1605 U.S. 1, Jupiter, FL 33458 305 746-9276 Vacation rentals also available. Racqyet Otmlb 4 BEDROOMS- lioSi SI (fey I 3 BEDROOMS-n 2 g gjgj J with all the frills included! I By VIVIAN BROWN AP Ntwsfttturit Do-it-yourself platform seating, resurfaced tables, stencilled walls, fabrics and window shades are some ways young people are decorating to stretch meager funds. Platform seating is fashionably used even in the homes of interior designers. Easily made out of plywood, the seating can be used individually or on several levels. One decorator used brown velvet, another used beige pinwale corduroy and another covered platforms and walls with sisal, so a wide variety of choices may be made. The plywood is cut to the desired size and covered with a cushion or not. If used in a sleeping niche the mattress is covered in a matching fabric. Old tables bought at tag sales or junk shops are being made useful when topped with tile or glass or plastic after being painted and refinished. Small square and oblong tables, useful for lamps, provide an opportunity for new workers, but experienced do-it-yourselfers might re-finish big round tables, setting a tile pattern in the center. The area needs to be cut out and plywood must be set beneath it so the tiles can be set flush with the table. Painted white with solid color vivid blue or green tiles, such a table can look smashing. The same idea can be applied to glass-topped, metal terrace tables, the kind that come in nests and are often discarded when the glass breaks. Plywood is used to hold the tile. To tile any table, begin by putting sealer or varnish over old wood. After measuring the table and estimating the number of tiles needed, the squares can be drawn on the table with a pencil. The tiles can be manipulated so they come out even at the edge by adjusting the space between where the grout will go. One woman suggests sinking tiles right into grout, then quickly cleaning the tops, but you need some sort of rim if you do that. Tiles may be obtained with matching borders in several widths, but some people prefer wood molding around a tiled wood table, painting it the same color as the base. Portuguese, Spanish and Delft tiles are particularly colorful if you can locate them. Many people enjoy designing their own plain tiles, which can be ordered through local building supply stores. Transferring pattern to plain tiles, glazing and firing them may prove to be a drawn-out process for beginners. For dining, a draped table is a cozy choice for two people. It may be made with a plywood top 30 inches is a good diameter or it can be larger, depending on the base that will support it. Old metal sewing machine bases are popular for this purpose because they are sturdy and easily hitched to the plywood. A lumber yard or building store can cut out a circle of plywood, which can be attached to the top with screws or nails. The trestle of the machine base makes a good storage spot for magazines. The cloth goes to the floor, but a smaller square of fabric can be used on top for many decorating advantages. To put stencils on walls, fabric or shades, use masking tape to hold the cut-out in place and a stencil brush for each color paint. Flowers, birds, pineapples and ducks are popular, but you can make your own. Just be sure it's exactly what you want before you put it on the surface you choose. 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