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You can accomplish pretty much anything with enough patience, grit, and determination. There’s a lot of pleasure to be had in accomplishing a difficult task, like restoring an old object to its former glory. Even more so if you know for a fact that most others would have given up a dozen times over. While there you are, slowly putting your skills to the test, learning from your mistakes, and working on something that’s going to make the internet’s jaw drop.

Our team here at Bored Panda has collected photos of some of the most impressive restoration projects from all around the net. We hope these pics will scratch the same DIY itch it did for us, and inspire you to do something similar. Scroll down to enjoy some truly magnificent restorations.

Bored Panda reached out to artist Gavin Gerundo, who spent a whopping 150 hours restoring and painting this grandfather clock, to hear about his project, workflow, and passion for art. Read on for our full interview with him!

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I Do Custom Shoe Polishing And Dyeing! This Is My Newest Restoration

I Do Custom Shoe Polishing And Dyeing! This Is My Newest Restoration

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We got in touch with artist Gavin for a chat about the magnificent work he's done upcycling this gorgeous grandfather clock right here. He was kind enough to walk us through the inspiration for the project, his work process, and what advice he'd give to someone hoping to follow in his footsteps.

"The inspiration for the project started with my career as a canvas painter. I had been creating wall art for years and had begun to run out of space for my art and the collection of art I had acquired from the many creators I’ve met along my path. During quarantine, I began to focus on the home space as many of us did and noticed that a lot of the pieces of furniture did not inspire and bring me joy in the same way that much of the wall art did," he shared with Bored Panda.

"Being that furniture is such an interactive piece of our lives, I saw an opportunity to deepen the artistic nature of the home through pieces of furniture, notably an old grandfather clock I had recently picked up. I began the process on this huge project after painting a few smaller objects such as jewelry boxes and shelves that I had. As always with my art, part of the intention has been to create relics that outlast me and become pieces of history, heirlooms that inform and inspire for many years to come."

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    1930’s Parquet Flooring Is Restored Today

    1930’s Parquet Flooring Is Restored Today

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    It's really sharp, but I personally don't like parquet floors. They're too busy. Probably just me though.

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    In 1916 My Great-Grandfather Built His House From A Sears Home Kit. 100 Years Later We've Restored It To Its Original Beauty

    In 1916 My Great-Grandfather Built His House From A Sears Home Kit. 100 Years Later We've Restored It To Its Original Beauty

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    The entire restoration of the clock took a jaw-dropping 150 hours. "What a lot of people don’t think about with the process is the actual restoration stage. I have to sand down all of the wood, removing the varnish and creating a proper surface that the paint will adhere to and last for centuries to come. From here, I prime it with a base layer of black and begin to create my designs. These designs are based on a process of intuitive geometry," artist Gavin said.

    He explained that he likes to pick an overall theme for the piece to work with. From there, he uses the furniture to inform the direction of the geometry, "breaking the 3D object down into a bunch of rectangles and circles. These rectangles and circles are then intuitively divided and activated by creating symmetries and then 'connecting the dots.'"

    According to the artist, the most challenging part of painting the grandfather clock was reaching some of the nooks and crannies to adorn them with precise geometry. He had very limited hand movement in those tight spaces. "or a lot of the intricacies, I can take the piece of furniture apart, but for some, I just have to squeeze my hand as best as possible into the spaces and make it work."

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    Completed The Restoration Of My Dream Car

    Completed The Restoration Of My Dream Car

    The restoration was done by myself and my father-in-law. He did most of the heavy lifting with the bodywork and paint and he had the knowledge. I learned a tremendous amount during the process and it was an awesome experience overall.

    I started collecting parts and restoring smaller pieces in my basement starting about 3 years ago. Then a year and a half ago we pulled it into the shop to really start all the work.

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    Meanwhile, Gavin was happy to share some advice for his fellow upcyclers. "Be true to your creative vision and create what you want to see in the world. The more true to yourself the piece of artwork is, the better received and more authentic the work will be. This shines in the art world, having a unique perspective because no one thinks exactly like you do!"

    Gavin also told us more about himself as an artist. "I roam the world as an artist performing at music and art festivals in addition to a studio practice newly enriched by the world of furniture painting. I believe there is a balance between the classic hermetic artist and going out into the world to gather inspiration and form your unique perspective. At events and in my travels, I can go out in the world, meet people, and see sights beyond my imagination before returning to the studio and integrating the life experience. My main drive as an artist is to widen perspective, increase humanity's collective limits of how wonderful the things in life we often see as mundane really are. I believe there is reverie in the everyday, as the Grateful Dead once put it, 'Once in a while, you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.'"

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    You can find more of Gavin's incredible art on his website, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok

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    Staring At My Recently Restored Tintin Childhood Collection

    Staring At My Recently Restored Tintin Childhood Collection

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    My Buddy Restored A 1955 Cushman Golf Cart. He Says There Are Only 2 Of These Models Left In Existence And The Other One Is In A Museum

    My Buddy Restored A 1955 Cushman Golf Cart. He Says There Are Only 2 Of These Models Left In Existence And The Other One Is In A Museum

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    Bicycle From 1969, I Got For Free From A Lady Wanting To Throw It To The Trash

    Bicycle From 1969, I Got For Free From A Lady Wanting To Throw It To The Trash

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    Inside most of us, there are two wolves, constantly battling each other over what design philosophy is best. One of them is a minimalist that likes order, cleanliness, and simplicity. The other is a maximalist that enjoys hoarding things ‘just in case they’re useful’ and embraces chaos.

    Restoring old things, we feel, keeps both sides of you happy: you take something tired and dreary, and, with enough persistence, you turn it into a better, upgraded version of itself. It’s no longer clutter—it’s useful, beautiful, and proof that you’re far more skilled than you might’ve thought at the start of the project.

    Before you rush headlong into any project (or you buy out half the local secondhand goods store’s supply of grandfather clocks), it’s a pretty smart move to think about what you’re trying to accomplish. Do you think this will be a one-off thing or do you think that restoration will become a large part of your life?

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    #10

    Before & After Of The Raritan Inn Bed & Breakfast In Califon, New Jersey

    Before & After Of The Raritan Inn Bed & Breakfast In Califon, New Jersey

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    I Restored This Antique Lamp And Made A Bohemian Crescent Moon Mica Shade With Antique Chandelier Crystal Pendants

    I Restored This Antique Lamp And Made A Bohemian Crescent Moon Mica Shade With Antique Chandelier Crystal Pendants

    This lamp features silent film actress Billi Dove sitting on a paper moon in a cosmic rhinestone sky. I wanted to do something different, by mixing Victorian/Edwardian style with art deco. I also wanted to do something I think has never been done before by making a Crescent Moon shade which is normally made of embroidered silk with a beaded fringe out of mica and replacing the fringe with antique chandelier crystal pendants.

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    Viking Axe Before And After Restoration (10th–11th Century)

    Viking Axe Before And After Restoration (10th–11th Century)

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    Are you trying to create a massive social media presence by showing off your awesome restoration skills? Do you plan on building an actual business with restored items? Do you want to try and learn some new skills that sound like a lot of fun? Do you want to restore an item that has sentimental value to you but has seen better days? (Or… maybe a bit of all of the above?) First and foremost, be honest with yourself about what you want from these projects.

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    The next step is to envision what you’re actually aiming for. Ideally, what will the end result look like? It’s perfectly fine to adapt to changing circumstances as you start working (no plan survives first contact, after all), but you need a roadmap to help guide you. Having a bunch of references can help you with that. Meanwhile, do some sketching and model some preliminary designs. Try to see what the biggest pitfalls can be.

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    Restored My Grandfather's Carpenter's Hatchet Last Year (It's Between 75-100 Years Old). Not Too Bad For A High Schooler If I Do Say So Myself

    Restored My Grandfather's Carpenter's Hatchet Last Year (It's Between 75-100 Years Old). Not Too Bad For A High Schooler If I Do Say So Myself

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    I Restored My Grandma's 65-Year-Old Kitchen Step-Stool

    I Restored My Grandma's 65-Year-Old Kitchen Step-Stool

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I still remember walking up the steps of my Grandmothers step stool, just like this but yellow. To a kid it was such a fun piece of crazy furniture, couldn’t help but pull out the steps and climb it.

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    Refinished And Reupholstered Vintage Mid-Century Lounge Chair

    Refinished And Reupholstered Vintage Mid-Century Lounge Chair

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    If it’s a real Herman Miller Eames Lounger and not a knock off pay attention to the bushings between where the metal attaches to the wood. Apparently the older ones would wear out and the wood could be damaged. The newer ones have a different material so it’s supposedly better. I have one with ivory colored leather and I absolutely love it. So comfortable and the design a timeless classic.

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    Next, be realistic about your skills, resources, and capabilities. How many hours each week do you think you’ll be able to spend on restoring that vintage car or old fridge? What’s your budget for this actually like? Do you have the necessary skills or will you have to learn a bunch of them just for this project? Do you genuinely have the patience to see things through or would starting with a smaller, simpler restoration be a better fit?

    These questions aren’t all that fun to think about, but they’ll help you gauge whether or not you’ll quit a few days in when you might not see enough progress. Now, this shouldn’t dissuade you from actually getting to grips with DIY restoration, however, probably all of us have a list of projects and new hobbies we’ve given up on at the first sign of trouble.

    Sometimes, it’s best to jump straight in and see if the hobby interests you. Other times, you might need to slow down, take a step back, and think things through before you dump a bunch of money on something you might quit very soon.

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    I Can’t Draw But I Consider This My Art. I Restored A Classic Stingray In My Garage

    I Can’t Draw But I Consider This My Art. I Restored A Classic Stingray In My Garage

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    I Wanted To Share Some Pics Of This Authentic Mid-1920s Art Deco Maiden Figurine Lamp Base I Restored

    I Wanted To Share Some Pics Of This Authentic Mid-1920s Art Deco Maiden Figurine Lamp Base I Restored

    With a custom leaping gazelle alternating Amber, silver mica shade that I made... 

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    #18

    My Family Heirloom Restoration Complete

    My Family Heirloom Restoration Complete

    The 150-year-old safe restoration project is DONE! Here it is back in all of its glory - gold leaf and all (yes, REAL 23k gold). Swipe to the last picture to see what it looked like when I first picked it up. If you're interested in more of the story, keep reading below. In 1871, Ulysses S. Grant was president and Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated only 6 years earlier. And this safe rolled off the factory floor at the Detroit Safe Company, in Detroit Michigan. In the 1890s it found its way to Bay City, MI in the back of a new meat market founded by Max T. Malleck. Decades passed and the market eventually closed nearly 100 years later, but this safe was saved from the market and moved to Grandson Mike Malleck's house in the 1980s, and there it sat for over 40 years!

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    The materials you’ll need will entirely depend on your plans! If you’re restoring a vintage car or camper, you’ll need actual vehicle parts to make sure everything’s running smoothly. Meanwhile, if you’re restoring a grandfather clock, you may need to fix the mechanism as well, not just paint the exterior. Similarly, are you actually hoping to fix a fridge or vending machine, or are you focusing on the aesthetics alone, to turn it into a setpiece?

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    Painted Antique Mantle Restoration Transformation

    Painted Antique Mantle Restoration Transformation

    We've worked our restoration magic on this antique solid walnut mantle.
    This stunning piece came to us in dire need of help, coated in layers of white paint and falling apart. Now she's all fixed up and shining just as lovely as she did 100+ years ago.
    The final result of this project was the most rewarding.

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I can only imagine how much work went into that. It's really beautiful.

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    Got A 100-Year-Old Painting Cleaned Earlier This Year

    Got A 100-Year-Old Painting Cleaned Earlier This Year

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    The internet is chock full of free and paid resources to help you improve your skills. You can find a ton of great advice on YouTube or just by googling things. Meanwhile, don’t be shy and visit your local library for some books and guides. If you happen to have any relatives or neighbors who are into DIY, crafting, and restoration, have a chat with them about what you’re trying to accomplish. Odds are that they’ll be glad to help you and walk you through some of the most common ups and downs that you can expect.

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    Last Summer Me And My Sister Secretly Restored Our Father's 64 Beetle. Results:

    Last Summer Me And My Sister Secretly Restored Our Father's 64 Beetle. Results:

    My father bought the beetle in the early 80s for about 20 dollars. in the 90's he got kids and the car was left to rot away in our backyard. Last winter I started working as a car painter assistant in hopes of becoming a car painter. Around the same time, my father started talking about the beetle! Witch he wanted to fix up but he felt that he needed to wait for retirement about 15 years away. So me and my sister thought maybe we should give it a shot and quickly try to fix it up for him so we did.
     
    And to add insult to injury we totally trashed it as children. Plus he is a huge car guy and he goes to shows and always feelt like he wanted something to "show".

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    Although It Was In Bad Shape, I Happily Paid The $4 Sticker Price Because I Knew I Could Spruce It Up

    Although It Was In Bad Shape, I Happily Paid The $4 Sticker Price Because I Knew I Could Spruce It Up

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    Nobody’s perfect and none of us are fantasy book protagonists, so more likely than not, you’re bound to mess up and make some major or minor mistakes while restoring whatever it is you chose to restore. Dealing with failure is a part of the process. It’s unavoidable because you’re learning new things and even if you’re a seasoned DIY veteran, you’re not somehow immune to messing up.

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    Instead Of Buying A $300 New Chandelier, I Bought This Antique One For $40 And Spent A Few Hours Buffing It Clean, And Also Glued A Few Loose Pieces

    Instead Of Buying A $300 New Chandelier, I Bought This Antique One For $40 And Spent A Few Hours Buffing It Clean, And Also Glued A Few Loose Pieces

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    #26

    Restored My Dad's 50-Year-Old Hammer As A Christmas Present

    Restored My Dad's 50-Year-Old Hammer As A Christmas Present

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    #27

    Vintage Shenanigans Camper Restoration

    Vintage Shenanigans Camper Restoration

    I bought this 1973 Prowler camper in Springfield, MO for $1000 on Craigslist. I had been looking for a small single-axle vintage camper for a while. These vintage campers are getting hard to find, and those that aren't completely rotted beyond repair sell for a premium. I guess something is only worth what people will pay for it. I was one of six people to answer the ad that was posted early in the morning. I showed up with the cash first, and it was sold before noon. Although it had been sitting outside for a few years, it was the size I was looking for and was repairable.

    In the end, I invested about three months and about $4,000 in total. It has been on several float trips on the Huzzah River, Table Rock Lake, and a motorcycle rally.

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    So it’s essential that you deal with any frustration that might come by embracing those mistakes that may or may not pop up. It’s all right if you nailed a board crookedly, messed up a detail while painting, or put the varnish on waaaay too thick: you can start fixing these things or, in the worst-case scenario, start over. They’re not mistakes, they’re learning opportunities! And just wait, you’ll be incredibly proud of yourself once you finish everything.

    We'd love to hear which of these pics you enjoyed the most and if you've ever done anything similar, dear Pandas. Meanwhile, for some more restoration awesomeness, take a peek at Bored Panda's earlier list right over here.

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    My Father Unexpectedly Passed Away In October Of A Heart Attack. As A Tribute To Him, I Decided To Restore His Workbench And Learn How To Become As Handy As He Was

    My Father Unexpectedly Passed Away In October Of A Heart Attack. As A Tribute To Him, I Decided To Restore His Workbench And Learn How To Become As Handy As He Was

    Here’s the workbench now. I’m pretty proud of myself overall. I look forward to improving myself and working on future projects!

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    I Bought This Coffee Table In 2018 For $15 At A Flea Market Because It Was Cheap And I Needed Something For My Living Room. Finally Got Around To Stripping It This Weekend

    I Bought This Coffee Table In 2018 For $15 At A Flea Market Because It Was Cheap And I Needed Something For My Living Room. Finally Got Around To Stripping It This Weekend

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    I Restored A Beat-To-Hell Old Pair Of Doc Martens I Found Lying Around My Neighborhood

    I Restored A Beat-To-Hell Old Pair Of Doc Martens I Found Lying Around My Neighborhood

    Honestly, I didn’t use any hard chemicals or anything I just cleaned them using paper towels and water. I own a basic shoe shine kit that has a standard black shoeshine, a microfiber cloth, and a horsehair brush. After getting all the dirt off I spent like an hour or so applying and reapplying the shoeshiner to get to the point where the gloss was restored. You mostly have to focus on shining the toe and the heel because that’s where most of the damage will be. It’s a super simple process.

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    They must be a pair of real Docs to come back to life with all your hard work, great job!

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    Before And After Of My 8-Year Project (1972 Datsun 240z Restomod)

    Before And After Of My 8-Year Project (1972 Datsun 240z Restomod)

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    Vintage Radio Restoration. This Is A Canadian Made Northern Electric Baby Champ 5400 Tube Radio I Just Finished Restoring

    Vintage Radio Restoration. This Is A Canadian Made Northern Electric Baby Champ 5400 Tube Radio I Just Finished Restoring

    It was made approximately between 1948 - 1950ish.

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    Wood Plane Restoration

    Wood Plane Restoration

    So I borrowed a long-forgotten Stanley wood plane from my father-in-law... He told me it had been a wedding gift during the pre-power tool era, over 50 years ago. I wondered how many miles of wood this thing had peeled over time? It was seized up and practically unusable, so I pulled it apart.

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    I Heard Y’all Like Cauldron Restorations (Circa 1840)

    I Heard Y’all Like Cauldron Restorations (Circa 1840)

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    #37

    Restoration Of A 1950s Dixie Stove

    Restoration Of A 1950s Dixie Stove

    This came out of a 1953 Silver Streak (camper trailer) that had been left sitting in a field for decades. The trailer was filled with rodent droppings and carcasses. I found multiple nests inside this stove.

    It took days to fully clean this piece, but it was so worthwhile!  

    I ran new wiring and changed out the clock mechanism so everything is fully functional. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of it illuminated, but the name "Dixie Wanderer" also lights up.

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    Me And My Dad Restored This Yamaha Rajdoot 1979 Bike

    Me And My Dad Restored This Yamaha Rajdoot 1979 Bike

    My dad loves these bikes, he had one of them when he was young but he had to sell it because of money problems. My dad is happy after a long time.

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    People Thought I Was Crazy... 04 SVT Cobra Resurrection

    People Thought I Was Crazy... 04 SVT Cobra Resurrection

    A lot of people thought I was crazy when I bought this car in the state it was in. But where they all saw a hopeless wreck of a car, I saw something with huge potential! I couldn't let this amazing car just return to the dust from whence it came!

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    #40

    Fully Restored Papa Bear Chair - Before And After Photos

    Fully Restored Papa Bear Chair - Before And After Photos

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    #41

    Thrifted And Refinished A Set Of Teak Lounge Chairs

    Thrifted And Refinished A Set Of Teak Lounge Chairs

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    There's just something so sad about neglected patio furniture. You did a great job.

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    Restoration Complete

    Restoration Complete

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    Restored An Iron Bench, Replaced The Wood With Mahogany

    Restored An Iron Bench, Replaced The Wood With Mahogany

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I love restoring old benches, I have a rainbow restored bench outside right now. @rae_reimagined

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    #44

    I Detailed A 1968 Torino. Couldn't Believe I Was Able To Get The Seats This Clean

    I Detailed A 1968 Torino. Couldn't Believe I Was Able To Get The Seats This Clean

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    Coke Machine We Finished Up A Couple Of Months Ago For A Client

    Coke Machine We Finished Up A Couple Of Months Ago For A Client

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    #47

    I Restored A $5 Kitchen-Aid Mixer I Found At The Thrift Store

    I Restored A $5 Kitchen-Aid Mixer I Found At The Thrift Store

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    Update On My $5 Thrift Store Allen Edmond Shoes. Spent The Afternoon Focusing On The Right Shoe Just To Get This Picture

    Update On My $5 Thrift Store Allen Edmond Shoes. Spent The Afternoon Focusing On The Right Shoe Just To Get This Picture

    They had some deep discoloration so I decided to re-dye them since I don’t have any dark brown shoes.

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    These shoes will last your lifetime! High quality, easily re-soled!

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    1995 Zippo, Before And After. One Day It Will Look Like It Did Before The Sanding And Polish

    1995 Zippo, Before And After. One Day It Will Look Like It Did Before The Sanding And Polish

    I started with 400, then 600, then 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500. I made sure everything stayed rinsed off and wet the entire time. After that, I used "mothers mag & aluminum polish" for about 30 minutes. It was very nice when I got done, hairline scratches show up the second you put it in your pocket though and fingerprints are insane. That's the only downside to it. That, and it took me 5-6 hours to finish it.

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    A Wrench I Restored

    A Wrench I Restored

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