Old Grandfather Clock

We once took the job of completing an unfinished grandfather clock.
The original builder of the clock had become clinically blind by about half way through the project, and was almost totally blind by the time he decided to put down his tools, which was past 75% of completing the job.

On his death bed, his daughter, Sue, wanted the clock completed for his 92nd birthday… and in six days’ time! We pulled out all stops, had four guys on the job, ran into a myriad of issues but we made it just in time.

When the day came to show everyone the completed Grandfather clock, Sue burst into tears and spontaneously hugged all the craftsmen. After the excitement ceased, one of the craftsmen asked her why the base pedestal had a door on it, since most grandfather clocks just have a solid base pedestal. Sue replied, “Dad placed that there for Mum’s ashes, but now we think they’ll both go there, to be together forever”. Silence filled the room, and we were all quietly proud that we had the privilege to be part of that job.

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The Carovana

This is a very versatile piece with applications in a funky office environment or a home media/entertainment room or just about anywhere else where a champion piece is needed that makes a pretty cool statement. It has both cupboard storage and file drawers if required.

Its inspiration was derived from the 1950’s style caravans that our parents or grandparents used to tour the countryside back in the ‘50’s, ‘60’s & ‘70’s.

The word “Carovana” is the Italian word (or as near as possible to) for caravan.

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80’s Pine Hutch

Wondering what to do with that ’80’s pine hutch? – Recycling or Upcycling?

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“Upcycling” (as it’s the new catch phrase) provides so much more satisfaction when compared to tossing an old relic out or trying to sell it for pittance when it’s completely ‘out of vogue’.

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Look at this piece – The before shot looks like it might be collected by the local charity or sold for $10.00, whereas the after shot could stand in any high end furniture store and fetch $1000’s!

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Apart from this, it looks fantastic! The addition of 2 more top doors, some clever sanding and re-coating and some stunning new porcelain printed knobs, the finished product is almost unrecognizable.

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1800’s Cedar Writer’s Desk

Our client brought this circa 1800’s cedar writers desk to us after starting the restoration process herself. When it became clear it was a tough job, she asked our craftsmen to complete it.

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Working with timber has a certain and distinct feeling about it. The natural markings don’t just create an aesthetic look and feel, they also tell a story – no two pieces can ever be the same.

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1800s Cedar Desk Restoration – Completed!

Penny’s Piano Stool

Possibly 110 years old, this stool has been sent to us for some TLC.  A full strip back, repolish and a new seat with webbing and a new tapestry fabric will have it looking a million dollars!

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The next stage in the rebirth of penny’s treasured piano stool. All joints redone, full strip back and repolished. The only step left in the process is upholstery. Penny has chosen and we are fitting the new fabric. We expect to be delivering the stool to Penny next week…

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Penny’s piano stool completed!

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Antique Fireplace

Winter is coming and Renowned have started ’unveiling’ some very unique fire places. These beauties blend the old and the new so well, this particular one is made from solid cedar.

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Genuine antique components, portable, powered by methylated spirits and a real conversation piece. They not only look great but they also really pump out the warmth.

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A pleasant and cozy fireplace of warm cedar and beautifully hand-carved pillars, with added modern look of stainless steel surround and stainless steel meth burner unit!

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Glenys’ desk

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”

This is the story of a circa 1960’s office desk that had been discarded. Left on the side of the road for the local council annual rubbish pick up. In a very poor state of dis repair, the desk had broken drawers, chipped and missing veneer all over, deep water stains and marks all over the top and was structurally falling apart.

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A keen eye with a love for all things old (Glenys) stopped and collected the desk and all its pieces and contacted Renowned furniture for a quote. After some consultation, we agreed on a price and a method. The big challenge was saving the top as it was an extremely rare butterfly blackwood veneer which we knew would be irreplaceable so all the restoration tricks were ‘pulled out’ by our very qualified team to return this classic back to its former glory. It will live again, this time for ever holding pride of place in Glenys’s retro office.

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Glenys and Alan were delighted with their desk.  They ended up re-arranging their furniture to accommodate the desk in pride of place.  Now, Glenys has a peaceful work space, with an amazing view, and a gorgeous desk.

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Starfire Coffee Table

A designer came to us with a sample picture and we liked it so much that we decided to build a prototype.

This one is made from Ironbark with a ‘starfire’ glass top. The starfire glass has a blue tint/ accent when viewed from the edge. The coffee table is 850 mm X 850 mm X 400 mm high.

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