Mark is a sentimental guy which I’ve shared before, but this post will really cinch the fact that he truly loves his childhood memories and the roots from which he came. Today I’m sharing a post from Mark about his favorite childhood toys and the fact that he saved them all these years. He’s sharing all about the curio table so enjoy this post from Mark. Once you finish this, I’ll narrate the table and how it was put back together along with the wallpaper we added to the bottom.
Didn’t you love Mark’s story? Read on for how he refinished the curio table and made it a haven for his boyhood treasures.
I spotted this Queen Anne style curio table about 3 years ago on Facebook from a friend of mine in the Atlanta area. I knew Mark wanted a curio table to house his collection of childhood toys so I showed it to him, we went and picked it up and he bought it for $25. It was definitely in rough condition, the legs had been glued on with Gorilla glue and there were scuff marks on the legs. Lots of nicks and scratches from use. The legs needed immediate attention, so he unscrewed them all and got off the Gorilla glue residue, cut a new piece of plywood to attach under the table so the legs would have something to screw into and fixed it all up, good as new. I gave him my Restore A Finish which worked great on the table. I didn’t get a true before pic of the table, but this is after using Restore A Finish on it. He was very impressed with how this product works. If you have something with light scratches this stuff is great and giving an old piece new life. I didn’t get a good before pic with the legs off and him working to get it all put back together to make it sturdy again, but it was a process to fix it and get it like new again. He did a great job though!
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He went over the whole piece with the finish and it covered all the scratches and dings so well. The new plywood base was perfect for making the table more secure.
Now the cherry finish looks brand new again.
Great job of restoring the original finish of the wood.
Next he wanted something to put in the bottom of the curio table to show off his collection of toys. I had left over pieces of wallpaper from the guest bath we did a couple years ago and it was perfect for adding to the bottom. We were going to do wallpaper or fabric and the wallpaper won out. It’s masculine and looks good with the cherry finish.
We measured the bottom and I carefully cut the paper to fit the bottom of the curio table, making sure to cut it just right.
He tried it out before we started gluing just to make sure it was perfect and it was.
I got out my trusty Mod Podge which works so well for projects like this. I added a liberal amount and brushed it on with a sponge brush. He put it in place and smoothed it all down and it worked great in there.
Next, he filled it up with his childhood toys which he has saved for over 60 years. I know you enjoyed hearing about all these pieces that he saved. My sentimental guy keeps everything that means something to him and these toys were no exception.
He had just the perfect spot in the Man Cave for this little curio table and will enjoy having his toys displayed. The grandchildren no doubt will get a kick out of Pop’s toys when they get a little older and come over.
They can now be seen and touched. I know you all loved hearing from Mark and I’m going to try to get him to write more posts for me. He’s a great writer and witty too as you all know!
If you missed the Man Cave post he wrote for me awhile back, be sure to check it out. And yes, the Beatles poster is hanging in the man cave!
Great post! The table restoration is wonderful and the toys are priceless. So glad you have these treasures to enjoy.
What a lovely heartwarming story! Thank you for sharing!
I’m charmed by both the story and the table.
Lori Nell says
I love it! Beautiful piece and makes Mark happy!!
What a wonderful story and how marvelous a little boy kept his precious treasures! I’ve always loved those little curio tables because each one has a story to tell. A few years ago I found a ratty old Manila envelope while cleaning. Inside were Boy Scout badges and football and baseball letters my husband had earned from when his Navy family had been stationed all over the world, some almost 70 years old! I surprised him with a shadow box for Christmas. These are the projects that make a house a home. 💕
I love Mark’s story and the pictures of his toys. Sentimental men make good husbands because they so often cherish their wife like they do their childhood memories. My son also has a very similar curio cabinet. It celebrates the early life of his maternal grandparents. Their is a picture of his grandfather in his WWII uniform when he was commander of the first night flying squadron in Oahu. His cap is in the cabinet. Also in the cabinet is a picture of his grandmother before she met his grandfather. She joined the army nurse corp and was staying in San Francisco to ship out to who knew where. The picture shows her with a gas mask on her face, in uniform on the golden gate bridge. The gas mask is also in the cabinet. His grandparents met in Hawaii and married secretly during the war. Over the table hangs a large shadow box of them on the island staying in a grass shack for their honeymoon. In the picture there is a picture of his grandfather in a grass skirt and the grass skirt is in the shadow box along with pictures of both of them also in the skirt. Only in his latter years did my son’s grandfather share some of his war stories with my son and he cherishes these items that are in his room
Betty McIntyre says
As a keeper of precious things, I certainly feel a kinship with you Mark! You are a gifted writer…sincerely conveying your thoughts straight from your heart! Please write more posts! God bless! ✝️
Rhoda thank you for the tip on Restor A Finish. I used it on the 25+ year old bathroom vanity in the house we bought and it looks beautiful again. I used the recommended Feed n Wax as well to prevent future drying. My husband is so thankful as he loves wood and I was threatening to paint it. Happy Saturday!
Mark your story about each treasure was priceless. You can tell each item touched you in some way. How special that you still have a part of your boyhood! My husband is an engineer and he writes a lot like you do. By chance are you an engineer as well! Thank you for your wonderful piece. We look forward to more. Diane
HI, Diane, thank you for your kind words, I’ll pass along to Mark. He is not an engineer but he’s definitely wired like that. He’s been in the IT world for over 20 years and just retired.
Great story and the curio table looks wonderful.
My dollhouse still has all of the furniture and a yellow convertible. Mine is also displayed in the family room.
I enjoyed reading his story, he tells a good one.
Mark does tell a good story!
I have loved all that Mark has contributed to the blog and seeing the table in his man cave was great. He is a gifted writer and we thank you for sharing him and his story.