Geometric Chest of Drawers

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 πŸ˜€

Vintage Oak Drawers

Such a cute vintage chest, it has a metal ‘arm’ on the side to hold towels, scarves or whatever…the oak drawers have been sanded and waxed and the rest was painted in a brown/grey.

Sleek and Feather Sideboard

Sideboard by Youngers updated in charcoal grey paint with stripped and waxed top and feather handles. We’ve got our mojo back and the production line is speeding up a bit… πŸ˜‰

Dressed Blue

Painted pine dresser. I think summer may be officially over, we’re back from our travels, the weather is awful and I’ve been at the trade fair ordering reindeer πŸ˜€ Meanwhile at the factory the sanding, painting and waxing has begun again…

Botanical Telephone Table

Telephone bench/table, painted in charcoal grey and upholstered in a botanical fabric. Designed to look like it came straight out of the 18th century, which is a bit weird – they didn’t have phones. What next reproduction Georgian iPad holders?Β 

Vanity Vanity

I had a ‘what the heck is this?’ moment when I was labelling this πŸ˜€ I think we settled on Arts & Crafts (we’re pretty confident about that) vanity cupboard, but smallest dressing table ever, bedside with delusions of grandeur and pot cupboard with handy mirror were all contenders…

Flock of Birds Dressing Chest

Vintage dressing table in dark grey with added birds, they all seem to be flying west…Is it really embarrassing that I still have to recite ‘naughty elephants squirt water’ to work out what direction I mean? πŸ˜€

Arrow Dresser

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… πŸ˜€

Weathered Trunks

A tower of trunks…These weathered oak chests have just arrived at Antiquechic, they remind me of Goldilocks and the Three Bears (obviously) πŸ˜‰ whatever your requirements I’m sure one of them must be ‘just right’… πŸ˜€

Large Ornate Horse

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…

Aztec Desk

We were the last chance saloon for this Victorian piece, either we rescued it or it would have met an untimely end :0 Despite having been unloved for years, it just needed a bit of TLC Β to get it’s mojo back. Now to rehome it… Β πŸ˜€

Rustic Carved Console

Gorgeous carved weathered oak console. This one would definitely have made a permanent detour to chateau Gerry if I had any room Β πŸ˜€

Organ Console

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 πŸ˜€

French Bookcase

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 πŸ˜‰ The cushions and big acorns (and who doesn’t need a big acorn in their life?) are new in from Biggie Best.

Balmoral Nearly Black Desk

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… πŸ˜‰

Cute Dresser

Petite vintage oak pot board style dresser. Β This pretty dresser has been painted in a dark grey and the top has been sanded and waxed, we also added some deer, fox and rabbit knobs, because that’s the way we roll… πŸ˜€

Summer Sale

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 πŸ™‚

 

New Arrivals

A selection of lovely things available from the shop, but there’s plenty more where that came from πŸ˜‰

Bow Front File Drawers

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 πŸ˜€

Pair of Retro Chairs

A pair of vintage Ercol chairs painted in a grey/green colour and upholstered in vintage chinoiserie fabric featuring exotic birds.

Antiquechic July

Some general shots of the shop by my super talented photographer. It would definitely make me want to pay a visit but then I may be biased… πŸ˜‰

Rustic Bedside Cabinets

A pair of grey bedside cabinets. This is my seventh post tonight and I may have consumed some wine, I am also going on holiday tomorrow so in all honesty I have nothing more to say here πŸ˜€

Three Drawer Stenciled Chest

Vintage oak chest. Another transformation from dodgy brown varnish to golden oak, via a few hours heavy sanding. I did try leaving it in the sun for a while, I was hoping it might melt the varnish but no such luck πŸ˜€

Rustic Wall Plate Rack

Charcoal grey painted oak plate rack. Perfect for displaying your pottery although I think it would be a cool way to arrange pictures or photos too…

Cool Tone Chest of Drawers

Vintage grey painted oak chest with colour washed drawers and an ornate gilt mirror. It all looks rather French n’est-ce pas? Although none of it actually is πŸ˜‰

Marble Topped Cabinet

Marble topped antique French buffet. Put it in the shop on Friday, sold it Tuesday and we were delivering it by Wednesday, reminds me of a song by Craig David πŸ˜‰

King of Chairs

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!

Into the Blue Chest

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 πŸ˜‰

Jug Display Dresser

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 πŸ˜€

Two Tone Trestle Table

Just love this picture, sometimes everything comes together and looks exactly how you envisioned it, if not better, and sometimes it does exactly the opposite – oh the joys of retailing πŸ˜€

Bow Front Lowboy

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜€

Paisley Chest

Part painted pine chest with paisley design. I don’t think I can add much to that impressive alliteration really, except to suggest you try repeating it a number of times after a couple of gins πŸ˜€

Rusticity

Hooks, lanterns and frames – we’ve got it all going on in the Courtyard at No 6 πŸ™‚

Ornate Garden Table

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 πŸ˜€

Oak Carved Bookcase

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 πŸ˜€

Retro Two Drawer Filing Cabinet

I want to call this a Victorian/Edwardian filing cabinet but we all know they weren’t big on filing cabinets πŸ˜€ 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!

Bow Front Tallboy

Vintage bow fronted tallboy. This has been painted in nearly black, French Linen, Β 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 πŸ˜€

Ladies Bureau

Vintage ladies bureau – I’m assuming it’s called a ladies bureau because it is elegant and petite πŸ™‚ 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…

Foxy Table

Vintage pine table with painted legs and added stars, if you look closely the drawer knob is a fox – for no particular reason, I just happen to like them πŸ˜‰

Glazed Bookcase

Part painted glazed bookcase in nearly black with stencilled doors. Not just for books… πŸ™‚

Cheval Mirror

White cheval mirror. I think my photographer is messing with my mind, it’s a picture of a mirror reflecting a mirror that is reflecting the original mirror – confused? Me too… πŸ˜€

Rustic Coffee Table

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? πŸ˜€

Bunny Cupboard

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 πŸ˜‰

Retro Grey Sofa Bed

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…. πŸ˜€

Plan Chest

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜€

Industrial Rope Mirror

Rustic rope mirror with some of our new Biggie Best cushions as a backdrop. If you look closely you can just spot me pricing them in the corner of the shot πŸ˜€

Tin Tile Wall Hanging

Detail from our tin tile wall decorations, I am totally in love with these and currently plotting how I can sneak some into Chateau Gerry πŸ˜€

Chunky Side Table

Coffee/side table with charcoal grey legs and weathered wood top and shelf. This is one solid little table, I seem to have a bit of a thing about chunky legs at the moment πŸ˜‰

 

Rustic Shelves

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 πŸ˜€

Retro Chest of Drawers

Vintage chest of drawers. Petite chest perfect for small spaces. It’s pretty lightweightΒ  so I wouldn’t recommend using it to store your gold bullion. Brilliant for socks and pants though πŸ˜€

Victorian Leaf Side Table

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 πŸ˜€

Edwardian Marble Washstand

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!

Ornate Bird Mirror

Beautiful bird mirror, this so nearly didn’t make it to the shop – I’m sure I could find a space for it somewhere πŸ˜€

Oak Bureau

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 πŸ™‚

Driftwood Horse

Driftwood style horse. I fell off the wagon with my horse addiction but it is the first one I’ve bought for months πŸ˜€

Victorian Cupboard

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 Β 1860 something so I’m guessing that was either when it was made or when Β it was first auctioned. It’s obviously had a long and varied life!

Rustic Arch Mirror

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!

Ombre Sideboard

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 πŸ˜€

Silver Birch Sideboard

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, Β and the very next shop we visited had the perfect sideboard to use it on, so we had to buy that πŸ˜€

Hall Stand

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 πŸ˜€ There’s even a mirror so you can check your hair on the way out…..

March Collection

Another late one at the shop last night so I think ‘pictures of lots of stuff’ is about as good as it gets this morning πŸ˜€

Vintage Coffee Table

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 πŸ˜€

Vintage Pine Dining Table

Vintage pine table. Not sure quite how old this is, but it’s been around a bit πŸ˜€ 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

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 Β a bit of a retro thing going on to the back and one of the doors. I’m loving all the stripey wood grain πŸ™‚

Antique Metal Nest of Tables

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 πŸ˜€

Hornblower Blue Dresser

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 πŸ™‚