Black Bureau Bookcase

Another case for international furniture rescue, this early 20th century bureau bookcase was in need of a lot of TLC… I think it was worth all the effort though, in fact it looks pretty amazing now IMHO. I seem to be suffering from a surfeit of abbreviations, it’s been a long week 🙂

Mixed Media Chest of Drawers

Thinking of changing our name to the Furniture Emergency Service as we have had a couple of challenging projects this week! This vintage chest was a classic example of upcycling gone bad, sanded to within an inch of it’s life and coated in a sickly mix of yellow varnish on the top and drawers and a suggestion of dirty white paint on the rest. I find it hard to walk away from these sad pieces because I know that no one else is mad enough to buy them!!! I hope I have manged to do it justice at last, it has been treated to some fancy finishes and given a bit of the obligatory bling – just call me Gerry Goldfinger 😀

Seahorse Washstand

Painted Victorian washstand/vanity unit. This has been given a weathered white paint finish and some silver gilding – just for a change. I thought since it would be perfect for some additional bathroom storage, silver leaf would be the ideal partner for chrome bathroom fittings (a little insight into how my mind works… not too much as it can get a bit scary 😀 ) To complete the look I added some seahorse stencils on the doors…

Gilded Arts & Crafts Wardrobe

This Arts & Crafts wardrobe has been painted in a deep charcoal grey and given some bling to highlight the original carving and handles. It’s glitter central at the workshop at the moment, even the table saw has acquired a decidedly festive appearance 😀

Blue Bird Chest

This chest is all about the knobs 😉 It has been painted in shades of blue to reflect the colours in the birds’ plumage… I’ve been waiting for the right piece to use these gorgeous knobs on for a while now, and this Indian hardwood chest fits the bill perfectly (see what I did there? Birds, bill, or am I stretching it too far? 😀 )

Large Tin Trunk

One of two vintage tin trunks that took years off my life, and most of the skin off my hands… 😀 They were in a pretty sorry state but much scrubbing revealed this amazing original finish and much waxing finished them off a treat.

Star Cupboard and Tin Trunk

Super cute vintage pine cupboard that has been given the Gerry star treatment 😉 This has been sanded and part painted in navy blue, the rest was left in the original pine. The tin trunk (one of two) was a labour of love, although the amount of swearing that went on while I was scrubbing off the dirt and rust of ages, and then applying coat after coat of wax might have suggested otherwise… 😀 It has a matching (original) star on the top.

Blue Dresser

Painted vintage pine dresser in dark blue. The top and drawers have been sanded and waxed, it has new knobs and it’s all dressed up and ready to go to a new home… 🙂

Aztec Stencilled Cabinet

Vintage Ducal four drawer cabinet. This was originally designed as a filing cabinet and has lockable drawers (it comes with four keys) they are now just standard drawers – but very handy if you want to keep your pants under lock and key 😉 It has been sanded, stained and dark waxed, with an Aztec/tribal stencilled decoration on two of the drawers.