Leaving the Courtyard

Antiquechic is leaving the building…

After over 20 years (although I may have had some time off for good behaviour πŸ˜‰ ) of working and/or renting space in the Courtyard, we are moving. Don’t despair though we will still be slaving away in our workshop and our unique Antiquechic creations will be available to purchase online, with free delivery in the local area. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and our website to keep up with the latest developments. In the meantime we are having a sale and you have until Saturday 1st June to grab yourself a bargain, so form an orderly queue the shop opens at 10am πŸ˜€

Retro Star Chair

A restored vintage chair, which I may have added a star or two to. It’s a bit of a compulsion at the moment, Colin has to keep on the move in the workshop in case he ends up with one stencilled on his forehead πŸ˜‰

Found Chair

Antiquechic international rescue strikes again, when I spotted this abandoned chair I put my Thunderbirds outfit on and got to work… I think I may be losing it, I blame the paint fumes πŸ˜€

Larder Cupboard

Painted pine larder cupboard, if you have always hankered after a pantry but don’t have the room, this could be the answer to your prayers. It has loads of storage with three deep shelves inside and lots of wire baskets on the doors for herbs etc, it even has a kitchen towel holder! The stuff of dreams for a keen cook πŸ˜€

Shelving avec Wine Rack

This wine rack/shelf unit used to reside in our utility room, until I realised that compact as it is, it was a bit of a waste of space. The thing is we never manage to keep any wine, in fact the more we buy the more we drink πŸ˜€ Perfect for someone who has some self restraint though!

Concrete Style Table and Benches

Dining table and two benches. The bases of these have been painted in slate grey and the tops have been given a ‘concrete effect’ specialist paint finish, this is the first time I have used it and I am pretty pleased with the results. Does it look like concrete? You’ll have to come into The Courtyard at No 6 and judge for yourself πŸ˜‰

Scroll Trunk

Vintage tin trunk. One of two tin trunks we acquired and I’m not going to lie they were in a pretty sorry state. So much so that you couldn’t really see any of these details and I planned to respray them. After what felt like a year of scrubbing rust and grime, I started to uncover some of the original paint effects and knew that I couldn’t possibly paint over them. So more cleaning was called for and then a whole lot of waxing, my hands now look like I’ve been working down a mine but totally worth it I think πŸ˜€

The Birds Chair

Vintage chair and matching footstool. These have been painted in a charcoal grey and reupholstered in a gorgeous ‘watercolour’ style fabric featuring trees and birds. Almost too beautiful to sit on… but it’s actually rather comfortable too πŸ˜‰

Bling Cocktail Cabinet

Vintage cocktail cabinet. This was described as a ‘quirky cupboard’ when we bought it, but after some investigation we decided it was probably designed as a drinks cabinet. We were a bit thrown by what look like pigeon holes inside and thought it might be a bureau, but the ‘tray’ that pulls out above the drawers is not deep enough to write more than a post it note, perfect for a few cocktail glasses though! Once we had that sorted we added a bit of bling with some gold leaf – obviously πŸ˜€

Rustic Bench

Vintage painted pine bench. I thought this bench had a Swedish, or even Eastern European look about it so I decided to paint it in a classic blue/green, age it and finish it with a dark wax. While I’m not sure where it actually originates from, I’m pretty sure it has been handmade, and they weren’t messing around! It’s been constructed to withstand an earthquake and has lots of useful storage in the seat. In other news that pheasant cushion has seen a lot of action recently πŸ˜€

Vintage Blonde

Vintage Ercol blonde oak sideboard. The light oak versions of this Ercol classic are quite unusual, ones that are in such lovely original condition are even more so! This was obviously a much treasured piece of furniture and we know when to leave well alone… πŸ™‚

Carved Detail Wardrobe

Handsome Arts and Crafts wardrobe in charcoal grey. This would be lovely in a hallway for coats, but as it comes apart it would also be perfect for those houses with awkward stairs – and boy have we seen a few of those over the years πŸ˜€

Jewel Colour Sofa

Gorgeous green button back sofa in velour. I love this so much I will probably cry when it sells but don’t let that hold you back – there is literally nowhere for it to go chez Antiquechic and trust me I have thought long and hard about it πŸ˜‰

Leaf Desk

So here we have the ‘thing’ as I have been calling it for the last week πŸ˜€ Desk? Dressing table? Side table? You decide… I have given it a rustic, botanical makeover, all that spring sunshine must have gone to my head πŸ˜‰

Sanded Oak Table

Vintage oak Ercol extending refectory table. This has been sanded and waxed and the base painted in slate grey. The end leaves slide under the centre if not needed, don’t know why this extending system fell out of fashion, we think it’s brilliant πŸ™‚

Glazed Bureau

Pretty vintage glazed bureau bookcase, restored in our workshop and finished in grey with added stencilled design on the back. Just because … πŸ™‚

Pot Board Style Dresser

Early 20th century pot board style dresser. This has been painted in a mid grey and finished in dark oak wax to accentuate the lovely lines and carved details. Dark and handsome πŸ˜‰

Arts and Crafts Chair

Gorgeous Art and Crafts golden oak armchair. We hand sanded and waxed this, then reupholstered the seat in a beautiful William Morris style fabric, featuring a fabulous bird and floral design. As you can probably gather I’m quite keen on this one… πŸ˜€


This is a very substantial desk, which is code for knee bucklingly heavy πŸ˜‰ It has a bit of an ethnic feel to it with carving round the edges and on the legs, we stained it black and added a stencil to the drawers to go with the theme.

Peacock Chairs

A pair of Victorian chairs with ball and claw feet that we have painted in a taupe/grey and reupholstered in a stunning peacock feather embroidered fabric.

Victorian Corners

Victorian carved corner cupboard. We painted this beautifully detailed cupboard in a deep blue/black and rubbed it back to highlight the carvings, the interior is painted in Azure blue. It’s definitely one of a kind…

Morris Tallboy

William Morris inspired tallboy. This vintage beauty has been decoupaged in a William Morris style wallpaper and we restored the original wood and handles. It has a hanging rail in case you want to use it as a wardrobe, but we have also added two shelves in case you don’t πŸ˜‰

Door Top Table

Trestle table topped with a vintage door, whoever said ‘the camera never lies’ was telling porkies – the trestles are perfectly symmetrical, pop down to the Courtyard and you can check them out for yourself πŸ˜€

Star Bookcase

Painted pine bookcase/dresser. As you can see my obsession with stars is still going strong πŸ˜‰ We have also had a delivery of some new goodies, including these gorgeous cushions.

Winter Tree Chest

Painted Victorian mahogany chest. I don’t think I need to say too much about this one – I mean just look at it… πŸ™‚

Graphic Dresser

Perfectly petite retro oak dresser. We simplified this rather ‘frilly’ piece to give it some Scandi/mid century chic and yes they are ram’s head knobs – pretty cool eh? πŸ˜€

Painted Oak Sideboard

Brace yourself folks, we have a bit of a backlog of furniture to post this weekend πŸ˜€ This is a vintage oak sideboard that is part painted in a charcoal grey. I’ll keep it snappy as there is plenty more where that came from…

Vintage Chic Bathroom Stand

Painted Edwardian wash stand, or is it a vanity stand? Answers on a postcard please, I’ve never seen one quite like it before so I am guessing here. It has it’s original mirror with ivory inlay and the foxing that comes with age, definitely one of a kind.

Multi-Drawer Chest

Painted tall chest of drawers in deep blue. I am totally in love with these knobs, but then keen eyed observers will have noted I am a bit obsessed with stars at the moment πŸ˜‰

Botanical Chest

Painted pine chest of drawers in charcoal grey. This has been given the tansy treatment and finished with an eclectic selection of knobs, give your pants a treat and store them in style… πŸ˜€

Gold Leaf Carved Trunk

Painted carved chest in a deep green with gilded details, this was part of our Christmas window – it’s pretty spectacular, now it needs to find a forever home πŸ˜‰

Botanical Chair

Vintage chair painted in a deep blue and reupholstered with a botanical print. I can confirm it’s very comfy, I’ve spent a fair bit of time slumped in it this week – is this month ever going to end? πŸ˜€

Oak Bureau

Vintage oak bureau, we sanded and waxed the top and drawers and painted the rest in a deep blue – classic but with a modern twist πŸ™‚

Sort of Blanket Box

There was some debate over what to call this piece, I think we settled on a vintage ottoman as we could see it at the end of someone’s bed, but don’t let that hold you back.Β  Media unit, window seat, shoe storage, bench – the possibilities are endless πŸ˜‰

Lemur Cupboard

Vintage tallboy that has been given the lemur treatment, got to love these bad boys… we certainly do! πŸ™‚

Multi Chest

Rustic eight drawer chest. The shop was looking as bare as a badger’s backside after Christmas, so the production line has been working overtime this week πŸ˜€ Super pleased with this one, it had potential but was looking a bit meh until we got to work on it πŸ˜‰

Carved Wardrobe

Painted wardrobe with carved details. So we’re back after the Christmas break, happy New Year! That resolution about not buying any more heavy furniture didn’t last long πŸ˜€ This wardrobe was too beautiful to resist though…


Crocodile Chairs

Set of four wonderfully ornate oak dining chairs reupholstered in a mild crocodile faux leather. If there is such a thing as a mild crocodile…

Dining Table


Our latest vintage pine dining table which we finished in nearly black and a grey wash on the top. Ready for Christmas?Β  πŸ™‚

Linen Press

Pretty in the palest pink linen press. Super versatile storage with shelves inside the cupboard, although there is also a hanging rail available.

Dining Table

Vintage pine table with a grey stained top. No need to eat your Christmas dinner off your lap, The Courtyard at No 6 has a selection of tables to suit all tastes πŸ˜€

Serpentine Sideboard


Serpentine sideboard in my new favourite colour, a deep green. I love the sleek, curvy lines…I also love the bee knobs πŸ™‚

Forest Bookcase

One of a matching pair of bookcases featuring a beautiful botanic design in black and copper. We could only fit one in the shop on Friday, but the other one looks just like this one… πŸ˜€


Beautiful vintage bureau painted in a deep green. We put this in the shop on Friday evening and it sold on Saturday… easy come, easy go πŸ™‚

Stag Console

Petite Stag console table. I’ve upcycled Stag chests, dressing tables and even dressers but I’ve never seen a console before. It’s been painted in nearly black and the drawer has been sanded and stencilled in a geometric design as a nod to it’s mid century origins πŸ™‚

Dressing Table

Victorian dressing table painted in charcoal grey, this is such a lovely piece it really didn’t need much embellishing, sometimes less really is more πŸ™‚

Tansy Drawers

Edwardian chest painted in charcoal grey and featuring a tansy design on the drawers. It compliments the Victorian dressing table rather nicely I must say πŸ˜‰

Winter Tree Cupboard

Large Victorian cupboard, painted in nearly black and distressed. Having just visited the Harry Potter Studios, the design is my tribute to the Whomping Willow… πŸ˜‰

Crazy Bird Chair

Louis style chair, painted nearly black and reupholstered in a vibrant fabric featuring slightly mad birds. Not only are we not entirely sure what type of birds they are but they all seem to have a bit of an attitude πŸ˜€

Star Cupboard

Compact pine cupboard, part painted in blue/black with added star appeal. Brace yourself folks we have restocked the shop at last πŸ˜€ This is one of seven items we put in tonight!

Modern Steamer Chest

So here we have ‘the thing’, possibly not it’s official name but it’s what I have been calling it πŸ˜€ I mean it’s not a cupboard, or a chest of drawers, it’s not even a sideboard – but it could be any of them, how’s that for versatility? It’s also very handsome IMHO πŸ˜‰

Rattan Bench

Cool rattan bench with an equally cool seat cushion, we’ve got it all going on in the Courtyard at No 6 πŸ˜€

Tropical Chair

Edwardian chair given the dark and handsome treatment, and upholstered in a fabulous vintage Chinoiserie curtain fabric. It’s proper lush even if I do say so myself πŸ˜‰

Dark Glazed Cupboard

Arts and Crafts bookcase. I am thinking of renaming us Arts & Crafts Rescue, this bookcase was pretty unloved and seemed to have had a varied life to say the least, before it arrived at Antiquechic HQ… it needed some TLC to bring out its inner beauty. I mean just look at that copper finger plate πŸ™‚


Stars Pot Cupboard

I seem to have stars in my eyes πŸ˜‰ Another Victorian pot cupboard with stellar details, you can’t say I’m not consistent…

Corner Cupboard

Vintage corner cupboard in nearly black, I seem to have come over all Gothic lately πŸ˜€ This piece was inspired by a gorgeous dinner jacket I saw recently that had a beautiful teal blue silk lining – you will have to come into the shop to see it’s full glory πŸ˜‰

Students Desk

Vintage students desk with an ethnic twist. This oak desk has been sanded and decoupaged with a cactus themed paper, I decided this stencil looked kind of native American or possibly Aztec… whatever – but definitely cactus complimentary in Gerry’s world πŸ˜€

Chunky Side Table


This side table had such presence we had to do something with it. So we restored it. We think it is now a super cool side table and chunky enoughΒ  to fight off alien invaders – if required –Β  just what any home needs πŸ™‚


Dresser No 6

Dresser painted in blue/black with restored wood drawers and doors with an added No. 6 sneaking in to the photo, which is where we areΒ  –Β  The Courtyard at No 6, Buckingham – look for that No. 6 sign on the door πŸ™‚

Arts and Crafts Sideboard

Last but not least this week we have an Arts and Crafts sideboard in shades of grey. I would normally be waxing lyrical about this, because I love me a bit of A&C but after putting six new pieces of furniture in the shop tonight I’m running out of words… πŸ˜€

Darkness Sideboard

Lurking amongst all the weathered wood this week is this dark and handsome sideboard, painted in a deep blue/black with a selection of eclectic handles.

Slatted Door Cabinet

Cute cupboard in a weathered finish in greys and rustic wood, like Mary Poppins it is practically perfect in every way πŸ˜€

Weathered Sideboard

Sideboard and matching mirror in rustic, weathered wood, there is an equally gorgeous coffee table available too πŸ™‚ These have been stained in grey and Briwaxed in medium brown to highlight the grain of the wood, which seems to have worked pretty well… πŸ˜‰

Rustic Chair with Woven Seat

Rustic style chair with a woven seat, painted in a mid grey and dark waxed – it looks great with the dresser we have in the shop at the moment, it also matches the console/side table, maybe just buy all three for a really coordinated look πŸ˜€


Geometric Drawers

Oak chest of drawers painted in slate grey, with a geometric design on one of the drawers and brass cup handles. I think that about covers everything πŸ˜‰ I do love a bit of oak – check out that wood grain!

Console/side table with wicker drawers

Super versatile console/side table with wicker drawers, it’s slim enough to fit into narrow hallways but has plenty of storage so could be a useful addition to a kitchen or bathroom too. Get me, I sound like a furniture salesperson – oh wait a minute… πŸ˜€


Carved Bench Seat

How pretty is this? Stripped of its yellowing varnish, repainted in grey, distressed to bring out the intricate carved detail and reupholstered in sumptuous botanical fade to gold fabric. Its now in the shop window so why not take a look πŸ™‚

Vintage Bookcases

One of a pair of vintage bookcases – the observant among you may just have noticed the other one trying to sneak into the picture. Ideal for books but we seem to have sneaked in some concrete artichokes – because we can πŸ™‚

Victorian Dresser

Victorian dresser with super cool botanical carved panel, cabrioleΒ  legs and tear drop drawer and cupboard pulls.Β  Restored and refinished in our workshop – this piece deserved a new lease of life πŸ™‚

Perfect Pot Cupboard

Pine pot cupboard painted in a green/grey, with bunny knobs. One of those versatile pieces of storage that could fit almost anywhere in the house, although the downstairs loo might be tricky as it’s quite substantial… πŸ˜€

Golden Drawers

Art Deco chest with added bling. I’m not usually a fan of this period of furniture, not sure why, but there was something about this chest that really caught my attention. I had a vision for itΒ  and I’m happy to say it was realised, I think it’s like a Hollywood starletΒ  πŸ™‚