Sunday started out like any other, we got up, met some friends and went out for breakfast. On the way home we wandered around a few neighbourhood garage sales and sticky beaked into the worlds of complete strangers.
The final garage sale sign we spotted was only a few blocks away from home and for some reason I was feeling particularly optimistic.
As we rounded the corner, I became increasingly more excited to see that the sale was right next door to the house where part of the Australian cult film ‘Death in Brunswick’ was filmed. Loving that film, I saw this as a good oman.
We let ourselves into the backyard (as you do at garage sales) and began snooping around their wares. We found at the back of the yard, completely water logged and weather beaten, an old pool table. Jokingly we professed how fantastic it would be to have one at home. Before we could finish our sentence the saleswoman/resident had swept in and basically begged us to take it away. At no cost. How could we refuse?
Getting it home was by far one of the biggest challenges. It was deceptively heavy and had to be carried in shifts. Once there, and through the first stages of deconstruction, we realised that the damage was far greater than we initially thought. A whole heap of rotten, odour-emitting-chipboard and a large quantity of creepy crawlies.
We wondered at this point whether it was worth proceeding with the restoration.
Perseverance prevailed, however,as we discovered just how intact and solid the timber frame was underneath.
So for the rest of Sunday and after work tonight we have sanded, jig sawed and nailed the table back to life. A new table top, complete with 6 new pool holes, now sits proudly on the solid timber base.
We have carefully re-felted the top and now all that is left to do is to apply felt to the side bumpers, stain and wait for Ebay to deliver our new pockets.
Stay tuned to see the completed masterpiece…