Rustic Chest

Sorry folks this one is not for sale. This ‘Old Charm’ chest makeover was a customer commission, but we were so pleased with the end result we had to take a picture for posterity 🙂

Weathered Dresser

This pine dresser has been given the weathered treatment, as indeed have most of the rest of us over recent weeks 😀 The aim was to turn it into a thing of rustic ‘beachy’ loveliness though, reminiscent of driftwood. Rather than battered by storms, with occasional sunburn thrown in for good measure… 😉

Globe Wernicke Filing Cabinet

Antique Globe Wernicke golden oak filing cabinet with tambour shutter and original working key. I’ll spare you the history lesson this time, but it’s all on Wikipedia if you’re interested 😀 We have sympathetically cleaned and restored this stunning piece, and it is in fantastic condition for it’s age. This one is going to be very hard to let go of…

Bentwood Chair

A Bentwood chair, produced by DG Fischel. Apparently when the patent of the designer of the original Bentwood chair, Thonet, expired in 1871 Fischel set up a factory in Niemes in Czechoslovakia to produce Bentwood furniture. How do I know all this, and indeed that this is one of his chairs? There is a label under the seat, and as you know Google is our friend 😀 I can confidently state that this not only looks good but is also pretty comfy, as I have been road testing it a lot in the insane heat in the workshop!

Bow Fronted Small Chest

I had a lot of fun with this petite bow fronted chest of drawers, I layered black paint, brown paint and a gold/bronze paint to create an antique meets rusty industrial effect – or at least I hope that’s what I created 😉 I finished it off with a faded stencil and painted the original handles to match, which all made perfect sense in my head… although that can be a strange place and no mistake 😀

Rustic Continental Chest

So this continental (possibly French?) chest has been a bit of a saga – we were persuaded to buy it, somewhat against our better judgement, then it languished in our storage area for about six years! We would look at it periodically and say things like ‘we really should fix that, how hard can it be?’ before ignoring it for another year 😀 I won’t list what was wrong with it, it would be quicker to say what was right – it had lovely bones and vintage credentials, and most of the original pieces were present if not attached! In the process of putting it all back together we discovered that it had been painted both dark and light blue, then white, before being stripped (I’m not sure what they used, nitro glycerine springs to mind!) So I decided to honour it’s past by recreating how it might have looked if nature had been allowed to take it’s course… We think it looks amazing now, I don’t know why it took us so long 😉

Small Curvaceous Chest of Drawers

What this curvy chest of drawers lacks in size it certainly makes up for in impact! From its gorgeous burr walnut veneered top (check out the detailed pictures in our shop to see the full beauty) to it’s elegant cabriolet legs. This was painted in French Linen and Old white chalk paint and stencilled with a cow parsley design. The birdie knobs are the icing on a very delicious cake IMHO 🙂

Tansy Tall Chest of Drawers

Antiquechic regulars will be familiar with me claiming that furniture ‘speaks to me’, and anyone who knows me will not find that hard to believe, it’s when I start talking back you need to worry 😀 This impressive early 20th century chest told me quite distinctly that we should restore the original wood, add a tansy design to the drawers and paint the legs and handles white. I think it was 100% right, how about you?