Vintage Schreiber chest of drawers. I’ve gone for a bit of a Scandi look with this one with weathered white paintwork and restored drawers. This one is on casters, which always make me happy when I’m changing my mind for the fifth time about where to put something… I’m exaggerating I only moved it three times this evening 😀
Our latest dresser (as the last one didn’t hang around long!) This one is painted in Craig and Rose Authentic Period Colours just for a change, and it’s called Pentland which is a ‘Gentle, shaded umber brown that evokes the oil-painting technique chiaroscuro. Deeply warming in quiet spaces’ apparently. I don’t think I can better that… 😀
What can I say about this horse that I haven’t already said in previous posts? I’ve quoted Shakespeare, nursery rhymes and talked frankly about my addiction to all things horse related. This bad boy is part of my latest order so if you’re in need of more horses in your life (unlike me) pop down to The Courtyard at No 6 and take a look…
This is a vintage organ bench that we stole from a local church – only kidding – but it is a genuine church organ bench hence the extra height (think pedals). I think you could either use it as a console table or as an occasional bench in a hallway, it’s definitely a talking point wherever you put it. Or, radical idea, you could use it for playing the organ should you have such a thing 😀
Vintage French armoire/bookcase with shelves made from a recycled vintage door. We bought this without shelves and decided that rather than just buy some new wood (that would be too easy) we would get an old door and spend hours making it into shelves. Either we are dedicated design geniuses or bonkers, take your pick 😉 The cushions and big acorns (and who doesn’t need a big acorn in their life?) are new in from Biggie Best.
Vintage desk painted in nearly black with dark stained drawers and top. There is a central scriver that we have decoupaged with a vintage map of Scotland, more specifically Balmoral and the surrounding area. I have spent quite a lot of time staring at said map as I dried each coat of varnish with a hair dryer (all that lovely weather we’ve been having has meant everything is taking hours to dry!) It’s actually quite interesting, I feel I should visit sometime soon… 😉
SUPER SUMMER SALE at the Courtyard. Antiquechic is reducing selected items by 20% – look for the coloured labels. Elsewhere in the shop there are reductions of up to 30% on furniture, garden furniture and other items. If you don’t want to suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out) we’re open Monday to Saturday 10am until 5pm 🙂
Bow fronted vintage chest, painted in a grey/green and dark waxed. It has a pull out writing thing (any suggestions for the correct terminology gratefully received) and would make a cool filing cabinet but it would be equally useful in a hallway or lounge, let’s face it if you like it you can do what you like with it 😀
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!
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 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…
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 😀
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!
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 😀
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 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….
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 🙂