Vintage chair. I would love to know the history of this chair, I think the seat may have been made from a packing crate as it has print on the underside, otherwise it has an ethnic look to it which I have accentuated with a ‘chippy’ paint finish and a paisley stencil. We’ll probably never find out but it’s certainly one of a kind!
Victorian chest of drawers. I painted this in a gorgeous deep teal/blue and added a copper stencil to one of the drawers – I didn’t want to add too much bling, it’s quite an imposing piece of furniture and it wouldn’t be dignified 😉
Painted dresser. This is a bit of an homage to a display I saw in Tetbury last weekend, if you’ve not been I can thoroughly recommend it, an absolutely picture perfect town full of quirky antique shops. Anyway one of them had a dresser (rather more vintage than this one I suspect) with a striking arrangement of identical white jugs, and it just happens I have a selection of jugs so… Obviously being me I had to add a few other bits, I’m rubbish at minimalism 😀
Bow fronted lowboy painted in Annie Sloan French Linen and waxed in dark oak. If you have been paying attention you might notice a resemblance to a tallboy we posted a week or so ago 😉 That one sold in a day, however it is one of the mysteries of retail that even if something sells so fast the dust doesn’t have time to settle, that doesn’t mean something similar will do the same, at least it keeps us on our toes 😀
Rustic garden table. This is a vintage door on an ornate metal base – I’ve washed the wood with Annie Sloan Graphite which is suitable for outdoor use but left the base in its naturally distressed finish. The design of the base is a bit style over function (it wobbles a little) but who cares cos it looks amazing 😀
Vintage oak bookcase with carved detail on the sides. I’m not sure what kind of varnish they used back in the day but NASA might like to consider it for the next space shuttle… Anyway after some serious sanding you can now appreciate the detail on the sides of this bookcase, but you’ll have to visit the shop as my photographer was focusing on the decoupaged front 😀
I want to call this a Victorian/Edwardian filing cabinet but we all know they weren’t big on filing cabinets 😀 The reality is that this is another piece that has been reinvented a few times before we got it. I’m not sure what it started out as (I suspect this is a part of something originally much bigger) but it sure looks like a filing cabinet now!
Vintage bow fronted tallboy. This has been painted in nearly black, French Linen, Mid Grey and Paris Grey, then distressed and dark waxed. Then the original handles and escutcheons were antiqued before being reattached – no one could accuse us of not putting the effort in 😀
Vintage ladies bureau – I’m assuming it’s called a ladies bureau because it is elegant and petite 🙂 This ticks all my boxes, golden oak (after much sanding) great proportions and totally unique – it’s even worth the sunburned back I got working on it! Don’t be like Gerry, wear sunscreen even if you don’t think you’re going to be outside for long…
Coffee table with weathered wood top and nearly black legs (and what lush legs they are!) What with this and the retro sofa, it’s looking pretty cosy in the shop at the moment – I’ve even provided some reading material – who wants to move in? 😀
Painted pine cupboard with bunny knobs! This is a really solid, chunky pine cupboard that I have painted white, with a Scandi style stencil on the doors. Oh and some bunny knobs, everything looks better with bunny knobs IMO 😉
Vintage sofa bed. This is upholstered in a gorgeous dark grey/almost black velvety fabric with a sort of tropical leaf print embossed on it, it is in amazing condition – I don’t think anyone has even sat on it, let alone slept in it! It also still has all of its original fire labels. I just love it and have been wracking my brains (what is left of them) for somewhere to put it, I definitely need a bigger house…. 😀
Georgian plan chest. Well this has been a labour of love and no mistake, we won’t know what to do with ourselves now that it’s finished 😉 It always had amazing bones but had definitely seen better days, it was worth all the effort though as it truly is a unique piece. The top drawer is a desk with sliding compartments, the other drawers would originally have been used to store large documents, maps and whatever else Georgians put in plan chests?! but I don’t think it’s the law 😀
Set of rustic tray shelves. Great for indoors or outdoors, I could see these in a bathroom with soaps, smellies and towels on them or in the garden with . . . . umm. . . . what do people put on shelves in the garden? – maybe plant pots and twine or those nice garden tools they sell in National Trust shops – you can tell I don’t have green fingers 😀
This is a rather unusual Victorian table/desk. It has a drop leaf so you could use it as a kitchen table, otherwise it would make a lovely desk or console table. I just fell in love with it’s chunky legs 😀
Edwardian marble topped washstand. Really happy with this one, we painted it grey to match the veining in the marble and used burnt umber for the Moroccan tile stencil on the doors. The icing on the cake was finding these handles in the box of doom (otherwise known as our knob collection) they couldn’t be anymore perfect!
Victorian students desk. I say Victorian but this is not the first time this piece has been upcycled. Once I started the obligatory sanding marathon it became apparent that a) this was made from some lovely oak and b) it had had a previous life, for example if you look closely there are two random keyholes in the doors! I really love the thought that this keeps getting reinvented every century or so 🙂
Victorian cupboard painted in charcoal grey with a dandelion stencil. There is a label on the underside of it’s shelf with a lot number and a description that suggests this was once a rather larger and grander piece of furniture. It also has a date written in ink of 1860 something so I’m guessing that was either when it was made or when it was first auctioned. It’s obviously had a long and varied life!
Shutter style rustic mirror. Love the distressed paintwork on this one but be warned the doors don’t open – yes I know they have knobs on them but they are just for show – don’t blame me, blame whoever designed it!
Vintage ombre sideboard. As is often the way at the Antiquechic furniture factory, this was not the original plan for this sideboard. I was going to expose more wood but the top and drawers took so long to sand that I abandoned that idea, they certainly knew how to varnish back in the day – it was like reinforced concrete. I have visions of my sanding arm ending up bulging with muscles like Popeye and the other looking more like Olive Oil’s – anyone under a certain age will have no idea what I’m talking about but that’s nothing new, sometimes I baffle myself 😀
Sideboard decoupaged in a birch tree design. This was obviously meant to be as I fell in love with the paper and had to buy it, and the very next shop we visited had the perfect sideboard to use it on, so we had to buy that 😀
A vintage hall stand, probably turn of the 20th century if I had to make a guess. This is super useful, with storage in the seating, coat hooks and I think you are meant to stand your umbrellas (and walking canes should you have one!) in the sides – preferably not while wet though as there are no drip trays 😀 There’s even a mirror so you can check your hair on the way out…..
Vintage table/bench. I think this was originally a coffee table but it also makes a pretty cool bench (and yes, I have sat on it and no, it didn’t buckle under the strain). If you look closely it has some very subtle stencils on the top but they’re obviously a bit camera shy 😀
Vintage pine table. Not sure quite how old this is, but it’s been around a bit 😀 We don’t do before and after photos but I wish I had taken one of this table, the top was a nightmare – it had obviously been covered with something and there was glue and some sort of red gunk all over it. I tried sanding, then I tried chemical stripper, then I tried white spirit and wire wool and then I sanded a whole lot more. I was close to using it for fire wood several times but I thought it might explode with all the chemicals I’d used so I just had to persevere. Possibly due to inhaling too many of said chemicals I didn’t realise that the ‘l’ in cutlery would be almost hidden by the knob, well that’s my excuse anyway….
Retro bookcase. This was a rather yucky brown when we bought it, after what felt like a lifetime of sanding this is how it looks now. I added a stencil that I thought had a bit of a retro thing going on to the back and one of the doors. I’m loving all the stripey wood grain 🙂
Ever the optimist I have been unpacking deliveries of spring-like accessories and putting them into the shop. I refuse to allow the inconvenient fact that it is cold, wet and miserable to dampen my enthusiasm 😀
Painted Victorian pine dresser. We were in Derbyshire last week and whilst we did take some long (and ridiculously muddy) walks in the beautiful peak district – honest, no visit would be complete without a bit of shopping in Matlock. It’s become a bit of a Mecca for vintage shops and I picked up some inspiration, along with a few other things as you do, including a tin of new (to me at least) paint called Frenchic in Hornblower, this is the result – enjoy 🙂
Early 20th Century oak sideboard. We were putting this, another dresser and sundry lovely things from our latest order, in the shop until silly o’clock last night – so much for my new year’s resolution of no more night shifts! Am aching all over and have a headache today, I’m getting too old for all this 😀
Victorian dresser. Production at the Antiquechic furniture factory is moving at a glacial pace, and I mean glacial, I gave this it’s first coat of paint just before we left the workshop for the evening and it wasn’t even dry the next day! Later, after a hearty bout of sanding outside, I came in to try to get some feeling back in my fingers and discovered the heater was blowing cold air – at this point I lost the will to live…… We have invested in two new heaters, so expect a heatwave any day now 😀
Pair of upholstered chairs with Sanderson fabric and weathered paint. People often say ‘I bet your house is full of amazing furniture’, well these chairs used to be in my kitchen and they didn’t look anything like this! Reminds me of the old saying about the cobbler’s children having no shoes…. 😀
One out, one in – the map cabinet (that I put in the window on Friday) sold on Saturday, so we needed a replacement. I can’t really complain, that is supposed to be the point of window displays 😀 Cue a petite desk in weathered wood and charcoal grey which slotted in nicely.
Vintage two drawer chest. We decided to keep this in the original finish (after a fair bit of sanding and waxing) and added some stencils and new knobs for added va va voom, as Thierry Henry would say (he’s a huge fan of our furniture obviously). If you’re wondering what the hell I’m wittering on about – and who would blame you? – I think I’ve lost the plot again, I blame frostbite and possibly prosecco.
Slat back armchair. I can not tell a lie, although it was probably comprehensively described by the auctioneer when we bought it, my mind is a complete blank (nothing new there). Best guess is Victorian, they usually are, I do know it’s solid, comfy and stylish though 😀
Vintage map chair. To misquote the Katy Tunstall song ‘It’s seat is a map of the world, map of the world and you can see it’s a beautiful chair, it’s a beautiful chair’ (from ‘Suddenly I see’ in case you’re interested) and yes I have been singing that all day, just be grateful you don’t have to work with me 😀
Pine chest of drawers with weathered paint and mismatched handles. After a bit of serious reshuffling, we squeezed this and the matching bedsides into the shop tonight – now I know we’re back to business as usual ?
Ok so it’s not looking too spring like at the moment but the days are getting longer and it’ll be here before you know it (or so I keep telling myself). In the meantime I seem to be creating a garden theme in the shop – expect snow any day now then ?
Industrial/rustic shelves – complete with a selection of cushions. We bought these shelves before Christmas but they were so covered in reindeer and decorations that you might have been forgiven for thinking they weren’t for sale. Trust me, in our shop everything is for sale…. ?
Early 20th century sideboard. For all those people anxiously checking our page for signs of new stock, the antiquechic furniture factory is back in action. I’m not going to lie, it’s not exactly full speed ahead but the temperature in the workshop is only suitable for penguins at the moment