To celebrate this Victorian sideboards long history we decoupaged the doors with layers of wallpaper, designed to look rather like the walls of old houses, as the paper peels away to reveal the one below it. We used samples of Clarke and Clarke wallpaper to achieve this effect. It has been sanded and painted with several shades of neutral and green paint, the overall colour is closest to a sage green. The doors were finished with varnish and the paintwork has had several coats of clear wax.
I had a lot of fun with this one – and no I’m not being ironic, I thoroughly enjoyed myself! Colin was very busy working on a commission, so I was looking for a project to keep me occupied. I experimented with a new layered paint finish (check out the close ups in the shop listing) which I will definitely be using again. I decoupaged the front with wallpaper samples, which is usually Colin’s job, and there wasn’t a wrinkle in sight! I removed the hardware and hinges and put them back, all on my own, which just goes to show what you can do if you can’t persuade anyone else to do it 😉 Although I did have some help attaching the trim to the top of the door – I didn’t want him to feel left out 😀
It’s funny how the seasons seem to unconsciously affect the design process, this Victorian chest has a distinctly autumnal feel now I look at it… I can’t claim to be a big fan of autumn, I mean I totally love the colours, and taking a walk on a crisp, sunny day is a joy – in fact if it didn’t lead to winter I would be absolutely fine with it! Unfortunately even Christmas can’t reconcile me to the short dark days and miserable weather, if I had my way winter would be banned 😉
Well this commission turned out well didn’t it? 🙂 I’m so proud of the transformation Colin achieved on this lovely little chair. It originally had a caned back that had become damaged over the years, and one of the arms had split, it was a much loved heirloom but had sadly seen better days. The owner chose this beautiful fabric, and after a lot of restoration work and reupholstering this was the end result. We couldn’t be more pleased.
They don’t make them like this anymore… 😀 Seriously though, they really don’t – benches are everywhere at the moment and they come in all shapes and sizes, but only the vintage ones look like this. If you like your furniture to stand out then vintage is the way to go 🙂
Speaking of trends (see my previous ramblings on boucle chairs) 😀 Some things never go out of style, or not in my world, a bit of sympathetic restoration and updating and they are good for another century. I mean just look at that oak and those shapely legs!
Teddy chairs! I’m seeing a lot of boucle around at the moment and I am definitely here for it 🙂 I try not to be too influenced by trends when deciding on designs, not always easy when you spend so much time looking at anything and everything interiors related (or research as I like to call it) 😉 Ideally I don’t want to save something from landfill only to have it end up there a year later because it’s out of fashion though. However I’m thinking neutral fabric that feels like sitting on a cuddly toy and actually cleans surprisingly well could be a keeper…
If you’re in need of storage then look no further, we must have every size and variety covered at the moment 🙂 I was inspired by primitive folk art when creating the design for this particular cupboard – you know that faded, hand painted by a peasant a couple of centuries ago kind of vibe… I found channelling my inner peasant came quite easily actually 😀
Happy days, the stars are back! Antiquechic regulars will know that I have a bit of a thing about stars, so much so that I had to retire the stencils for a while… 😉 This Stag Minstrel tallboy chest was just crying out for some though, and discovering these knobs in my collection was just perfect serendipity.
Well this dining set was fun to photograph! Trying to construct a ‘room’ with a selection of old doors is like something out of a Buster Keaton movie (for anyone under a certain age google him) 😀 No sooner had we managed to prop one door up than another fell down… A lesser woman would have given up, but I was determined to show them in a realistic setting – well provided you live in a hobbit house that is 😉 The table, chairs and bench are all listed individually in our online shop, so if you want to see more detailed photos please check them out.