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There are few things more satisfying that giving new life to old or worn out furniture. As you may know, we love Howard products. Most of the furniture we buy to re-sell is in pretty good condition. Sometimes they need new knobs, or some legs re-attached. But usually, we can just bust out the Restor-A-Finish and clean it up! It is just amazing how scratches disappear and the wood gets a new shine. But why take my word for it? Check out some before and afters…

This card catalog had great structure but was covered in scuffs, mild scratches and some paint flecks.


I did one side with restor-a-finish and…


Voila! night and day right? It’s really amazing stuff. ( I of course did the other side after taking this picture…)

The most recently finished project is a mid century dresser by Bassett. As you can see I used Restor-a-finish on the top half. It not only hydrates the wood, it also fills in the smaller scratches (since it’s tinted) and since you apply with steel wool, it buffs away any residue and paint flecks, it’s like using really light sandpaper.


Or in the case of this dresser, to get rid of some unwanted stickers (I also used goo-gone and a razor on the sticker)


The dresser also needed some new knobs. Then it was golden! After I cover it with restor-a-finish, I let it sit for a minute and then wipe the whole thing off with a rag.

Note: The tone of Restor-a-finish doesn’t matter as much as you might think, some are darker (like the ebony) but I used golden oak on this dresser and it turned out just fine!


This coffee table had some major scuffs and worn finish that restor-a-finish couldn’t completely cover, but, they are far less noticeable now.



Here at the AP, we use Restor-A-Finish the most and carry it at the shop for $8.50. But we have also loved

  • Howard Butcher Block & Cutting Board Oil
  • Howard Feed N’ Wax
  • Howard Butcher Block Conditioner
  • Howard Leather Conditioner Cream

For more information on all Howard products check out their site here. And if you refinish/restore/condition or spruce up something at home email it to us, we’d love to see! {} Good luck!

P.S. We aren’t the only ones who love Howard Products, check out these other bloggers reviews hereherehere, & here


Slickables, a local cookie and ice cream eatery has just moved in to Downtown Mesa. There’s nothing like ice cream sandwiches on these hot July days! We’ve been working tirelessly on some renovations over at 120 (the Antique Plaza Annex). But we took a break to check it out and cool down.


We each made an ice cream sandwich (you choose two cookies, and your favorite ice cream flavor and they make you an ice cream sandwich for only $2!) What better pairing than an ice cream sandwich and some antique hunting.

Eat This, Buy That

EAT: M&M & Peanut Butter cookies with Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream

BUY: This retro metal sign/checkerboard. We aren’t sure if this was hung on a building or actually used as a game board, but either way it has that ice cream parlor nostalgia! Dealer #69 $125


EAT: Funfetti & Double Chocolate cookies with Chocolate ice cream

BUY: These two-tone cowboy boots, just like chocolate with more chocolate, these suede and dark leather boots are the perfect combo and the arrow detail is 100 percent awesome. Dealer #360 $34 


EAT: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut & Peanut Butter cookies with Strawberry ice cream

BUY: This vintage vanity stool. The cute retro print would make this the perfect addition to your makeup station, entry way or anywhere you needed a little femininity. Dealer #312 $44 


We hope you head over to Downtown Mesa to make your own pairings! Slickables is at 142 W. Main St., and is open Sun-Thur 11 am – 9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 10 pm.


We don’t often get in the kitchen to bake (we’re usually out and about finding items for the shop!), but this year we’re braving the summer heat, turning the oven up to 425 and making pies to celebrate the Fourth of July!

Here are the three Independence Day desserts we baked:

Blueberry Cheesecake

Myna, dealer 48 at the Antique Plaza, had some great advice when we told her we were making pies for the Fourth of July—make cheesecake instead! Myna expressed that she enjoys cheesecake in the warm summer months, so this blueberry cheesecake is in honor of her!

Apple Pie

Of course, nothing is American as apple pie, especially when it comes complete with a star-studded crust! Bonus points for homemade whipped cream.

Berry Crumb Pie

Jeri, dealer 35 at the Antique Plaza, supplied us with this award-winning recipe! This berry crumb pie has red, white and blue ingredients, making it absolutely perfect for this holiday. (We adore you, Jeri!)

See below for the recipes————————————————————————————————


Blueberry Cheesecake



  • 9 whole graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin (measured from 2 envelopes)
  • 12 ounces Philadelphia-brand cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries


  • 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 1/2-pint baskets blueberries
  • 2/3 cup blueberry jam



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Blend first 4 ingredients in processor until graham crackers are finely ground.
  3. Add butter and vanilla; process until moist crumbs form.
  4. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of 9-inch-diameter springform pan.
  5. Bake crust until deep golden brown, about 12 minutes. Cool.


  1. Pour 1/4 cup water into small saucepan; sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand 10 minutes. Stir over very low heat just until gelatin dissolves. Set aside.
  2. Blend cream cheese, cream, sugar, and lemon juice in processor until smooth. Add berries; puree until smooth (some blueberry bits will remain). With machine running, add warm gelatin mixture through feed tube and blend well.
  3. Pour filling into crust. Cover; chill overnight.
  4. Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake. Release pan sides. Transfer to platter.


  1. Beat cream and sugar in medium bowl until firm peaks form.
  2. Spread cream mixture thickly over top of cheesecake. Place berries in bowl.
  3. Heat jam in small saucepan over low heat until just melted. Pour jam over berries; toss to coat.
  4. Mound coated berries in center of cream, leaving 1-inch plain border.
  5. Chill cake at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.


Apple Pie



  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons (about 1/2 cup) ice water


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced



  1. Dice the butter and return it to the refrigerator while you prepare the flour mixture.
  2. Place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse a few times to mix.
  3. Add the butter and shortening. Pulse 8 to 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas.
  4. With the machine running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball.
  5. Dump out on a floured board and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Cut the dough in half.
  7. Roll each piece on a well-floured board into a circle, rolling from the center to the edge, turning and flouring the dough to make sure it doesn’t stick to the board.
  8. Fold the dough in half, place in a pie pan, and unfold to fit the pan.
  9. Repeat with the top crust


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
  2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly.
  3. Use a cookie cutter to cut stars out of the remaining dough, gingerly placing them over the top of the apple mound until you have nice coverage.
  4. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
  5. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.


Berry Crumb Pie


  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks chilled butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast nuts for five minutes. Remove from oven and chop.
  2. Turn oven up to 450 degrees.
  3. Mix nuts, flour and sugar in small bowl. Coarsely dice butter with pastry cutter and place into mixture.
  4. Press half of curst into pie or tart pan evenly.


  1. Mix sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Gently fold in berries and spoon into the crust.
  3. Sprinkle remaning crumb crust over berries.
  4. Bake for approximately 30 minutes and serve warm.


  1. Silver Cake Plate (and dome, not pictured) – Dealer #52 – $28.50
  2. Clear Pedestal Cake Plate – Dealer #69 – $35
  3. Vintage Wood and Son Footed Cake Plate – Dealer #7 – $20
  4. The Good Housekeeping Cook Book – Dealer #35 – $12
  5. Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book – Dealer #7 – $12
  6. Joy of Cooking Cook Book – Dealer #7 – $12
  7. Silverplate Cake Server – Dealer #411 – $17.99
  8. Red Handle Rolling Pin – Dealer #88 – $12
  9. Red/White Apron – Dealer #360 – $12
  10. Blue Plaid Plates – Dealer #20 – $3.50 each
  11. Star Cookie Cutters – Dealer #89 – $1 each
  12. Blue Creamer/Sugar (only sugar pictured) – Dealer #22 – $21.50
  13. Serving Tray – Dealer #312 – $95

Which pie would you want to try? We hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July! And remember to come down for free hotdogs (with all the fixin’s) this weekend at the Antique Plaza!


new bohemiansSo far in June, we’ve shown you how you can use your coffee table to throw the perfect outdoor dining experience, we’ve looked to the birthplace of coffee tables for some inspiration, and now…we present to you the perfect coffee table book! This new book is beyond incredible—the images in here are to die for. I’ve been a fan of boho style for awhile now, with it’s impeccable way of injecting natural elements, infusing bright colors and of course balancing it all out with mid-century mod clean lines.

My first reaction to Justina Blakeney’s book The New Bohemians was “LOVE!” my second thought was…we totally have some of this stuff in the Plaza! So please, sit down and enjoy some wonderful eye candy from her book, along with items from Antique Plaza to recreate the look in your own home!

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This room (both images from the same room, just different angles) is neutral but still so eclectic! I loved the stacked suitcase table, and using an old-school paper cutter as a table is just genius! I’m also loving the casual draping of the rug over the rattan chair.

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I cannot think of anything better than this balcony at the current moment. I could just imagine lounging on one of those chairs with a glass of wine, and that tile is the perfect pop of color.

P.S. one chair is pictured, but we have two in the shop!


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Lounge meets modern with this amazing couch. The kilim pillows really work against the warm-toned leather, and the mix of the burl wood on the coffee table is a great centerpiece. The lines on this sofa are almost identical to our own Percival Lafer couch!

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Industrial barstools and glam chandeliers might not be the most obvious combo, but it really looks so easy-going. The white walls are the perfect backdrop and that huge cactus brings in a little bit of Arizona style. I would love to duplicate this look in my own kitchen!

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Who knew minimalist boho was even a thing?! This picture captures that look through and through, with a bright MCM classic chair, southwestern rugs and a touch of industrial furniture and accessories. The concrete floors bring the design full-circle. (psst…. Greg let’s do this too!)

  1. Suitcases #88 ($55, $55, $45)
  2. Paper Cutter #69 $35
  3. Canvas Chair #69 $45
  4. Percival Lafer Couch #69 $550
  5. Chandelier #22 $285
  6. Industrial Stool #35 $185
  7. Industrial File Cabinet #312 $58
  8. Herman Miller Chair #69 $175
  9. Southwestern Rug #5 ($200, 75)

In case you forgot, the book is called The New Bohemians, and it would be at home on any coffee table in America! Lucky you, we have a copy that could be yours! Comment on which item you would most like to have in your home on this post or on Antique Plaza’s Facebook post for your chance to win! (Contest runs through July 7th) It’s that simple! Good luck!


The tropical print hasn’t had much of a place in modern decor for awhile—We’ve all experienced faux-tiki setups with plastic leis enough times to swear off the theme. I was a hater too…that was until banana leaves rolled into town. It’s here in full force, in fashion, in art, even in branding!


The banana leaf print is tropical but not wacky, sculptural, instead of tiki. I really liked it, but wasn’t sure what form it would take it my life.


And then we found some patio chairs that desperately needed new cushions. Perfect match. And bonus: the light blue in the print matched the chairs existing paint job!


What do you think? Would these chairs add a perfect dash of tropical to your home or patio? Or are you still too scared by tropical done poorly to get on the banana-leaf train?


{Patio Chairs $60 each, Dealer #69}

Well I will leave the decision up to you, but I don’t think this print is going away anytime soon!

Happy weekend everyone, be sure to stop by the plaza this weekend for our massive Memorial Day sale!