Cultural Revolution

A Time for Building March 24, 2011

Industrial Cafe Table 2

Close Up

As winter bids us a fitful, reluctant farewell and Spring makes shy attempts at a return, my creative urges have been stirred. For several months now I have longed to be outside, building something, a table, a wine rack, anything really. I love to while away the hours out of doors in  creative and industrious pursuit. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment at the end of the day to step back and see what I have made. Here is a peek at my latest design. It is a cafe table with legs of industrial pipe, and barnwood top. This table is available with different custom tops such as marble, glass, or a more rustic naturally distressed barnwood. I still have to stain the top, but I love how it looks already.  What do you think?

Industrial Cafe Table 3

A work in Progress

Industrial Cafe Table

Industrial Cafe Table


Gifts and glitz and glitter, oh my! December 7, 2010

Here’s a peek at the Holiday table. Gift items and ornaments add sparkle to the shop.


Change is Good November 5, 2010

One of the things I love about this business is the element of discovery in working with a piece of furniture. Although I may set out with an intended goal in mind, the end result may be quite different; usually in a most pleasing way.

A customer of mine came into the store the other day to offer me a set of dressers at a reasonable price. As it turns out the dressers had lovely lines, and were of a good size. Many people today are not looking for oversized furniture but rather midsized pieces that will be unobtrusive and still stand out in their decor.

While the form of the dressers was attractive, the finish was quite dated. They could not be sold as is. I immediately went to work, mixing up a paint finish that would at once bring them into this era yet retain their original charm. For many years my paint of choice has been Benjamin Moore.  Although I keep my actual formula a well guarded secret, I always tell customers who want to do it themselves that in most cases it pays to go with quality. I have been disappointed time and time again when using lesser paints.

David painting dressers in front of store

Take a look at the two dressers side by side, one in its original state and the other in the process of transformation. I could not have anticipated how well they would have turned out…the dressers sold two days after receiving their new coat of paint.

The moral of this tale, don’t be afraid to experiment; change is good.



Vintage Bicycles October 27, 2010

While researching vintage bicycles for a mural I’m painting at La Pasteria restaurant in Summit, New Jersey, I stumbled across pictures of the most extraordinary bikes. The old time beauty of these classics harkens the era of paper boys, girls in bobby socks, and lemonade on the front porch. Here are a couple of my favorites.



Oh What a Night October 23, 2010

The food was placed artistically on the barnwood table, ripe green and red grapes arranged as beautiful still life; gleaming handblown glass pendants hung from silk cords as the flames from the candles throughout the room flickered and danced, casting an amber glow on the dark and atmospheric oil paintings . The mood had been set. We were ready for the witches.

The beginning of a bad novel? Not exactly. It’s  another “Ladies Night Out” in Maplewood, or “Witches Night Out” this time around. In they came, singly or in groups of two or three, wearing their pointy black hats, eager to peruse the new offerings in Revolution.

David and I had a blast setting up for what has become a biannual tradition in Maplewood Village. Local merchants offer special gifts, contests, treats and discounts as a way of thanking the community for their continued support. There was much staging and rearranging to do, but it was worth it. Although the numbers were slightly smaller this year (lagging economy?), the ladies still came out and showed us some love. We welcomed new faces curious about our little shop, as well as long time customers anxious to see the new fall arrivals. Wine and cheese, not to mention cupcakes, was enjoyed by everyone.

As shutters creaked in the howling wind, and the glow of luminaries lining the streets grew dim, we bid farewell to the roving coven of witches. Until we meet again.


Welcome to cultural REvolution September 29, 2010

REuse, REpurpose, REinvent. These words express the basic philosophy by which we live, both privately and in business. Welcome to our blog.

Allow us to introduce ourselves; David- I am a painter, furniture maker and decorator. I have worked in the music industry designing album covers for a variety of bands including Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Spyro Gyra. I currently own and operate the store REvolution in Maplewood New Jersey where we sell furniture I make from reclaimed barnwood as well as refurbished older pieces, antique jewelry, old vinyl, and retro housewares. I believe the past is invaluable to our way of living today. Reclaiming old objects and giving them a new lease on life is my joy and my passion.

Lorraine-I am an educator by training; I create enrichment programs for afterschools throughout New Jersey. One of the many hats I wear is decorating consultant at REvolution.  My tastes and temperament are different from David’s but we  are likeminded in that we readily see the beauty in old, forgotten pieces. We have been known to wax poetic describing a rusted section of iron fence. No kidding. I love rearranging the items in the store as one piece leaves for its new home and a new treasure arrives to claim its place. For me, the coming together of the new and the old is pure magic.

We’re glad you found us and we look forward to sharing our musings and discoveries with you.