Thursday, 28 July 2011

20TH Century Oak Sideboard

This petite oak sideboard is a beauty, made in the early part of the 20th century its a great piece of furniture.
Not too large, it measures 35 1/2 inches wide by 16 1/2 inches deep and stands just under 29 inches high, just right for the smaller room.
The oak sideboard is very ornate, its barley twist legs, stylised carvings in relief and brass tear drop handles are a nice touch making the oak sideboard a nice decorative feature in any home.
For me, its the top of the sideboard that makes this piece of 20th century furniture such a wonderful thing, very tactile, just look at the oak grain how can you resist.

Don't forget to check back here, next time I will be posting some great photos of some wonderful antique mahagony chairs we upholstered, ideal for the dining room.

Shabby Chic Rocking Chair

Its been a busy week and I am almost finished editing photographs of furniture to add to the blog. Meanwhile, here's a shabby chic rocking chair I completed the other day.
The shabby chic rocking chair has been distressed to achieve that 'worn' look and I was pleased with the results.
The red leather pillow adds contrast to the 'shabby chic' look although a different pillow could be used.
The shabby chic rocking chair is made from solid wood and is structurally sound, a good piece of furniture in my opinion.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Various Furniture

Its been a busy week and only just found the time to post these pictures of some of the furniture, loads more to follow so please check back.

Antique Chest Of Drawers
These are a great chest of drawers and probably dating around the early 1900's, there are no makers marks.

Antique Chest Of Drawers & Dressing Table


Saturday, 9 July 2011

Shabby Chic Welsh Dresser

Here is a wonderful Shabby Chic Welsh Dresser and something I created myself to be able to use as a prop for my studio. I say 'wonderful' because to me, its a great piece of shabby chic furniture but then I would say that.
Shabby Chic Welsh Dresser
Its my first attempt a creating a piece of furniture in the 'Shabby Chic' style and I was pleased with the results. I have taken some photographs and now have no use for it because all I required was a 'virtual' copy. Using Photoshop I can easily edit images, the wonders of technology!
Shabby Chic Welsh Dresser Photoshop Image
I should of taken some 'before' photo's because the Welsh Dresser was in a very sorry state. Its had a new solid pine work top, numerous coats of paint and waxed & polished.
I didn't use 'Farrow & Ball', although on my next piece (will post photos here soon) I will be using it because they have such a great choice of colours. I found a great book on Amazon all about how to use Farrow and Ball colours to great effect, Farrow & Ball Living with Colour
Shabby Chic Welsh Dresser

The shabby chic welsh dresser has been finished with a gloss paint and I was pleased with the results. Its an 'off white' almost cream colour, I have tried to capture the colour in the photo's but its difficult and does depend on your monitor. I have added some more photo's  of the Shabby Chic furniture at the end of this post, they show the colour better.
Shabby Chic Welsh Dresser
More of a 'classic cottage' piece of furniture, I reckon and one that would look ideal in a small cottage kitchen, especially as the shabby chic welsh dresser is not too large. I painted throughout, I like it when the insides have had a coat of paint, much more cleaner in my opinion.
There's some signs of age, worn paintwork, knocks and bumps, I was tempted to bash the new worktop to make it look more worn but as its pine it will gain these over time. There's even a couple of paint drips here and there which I was tempted to remove but again, I like them and they add a little character to the shabby chic welsh dresser.
Shabby Chic Welsh Dresser
The knobs on the shabby chic dresser are original and have a great patina but these could easily be replaced with something different, there's so much choice out there. I did find a great place with lots of choice for all things shabby chic including these wonderful handles, Gisela Graham Pretty Round door Knobs (Set of 6) - Pink.
Shabby Chic Welsh Dresser
Shabby Chic Welsh Dresser
Now, must get back to editing some more photographs for the blog and ebay listings, its been a busy Saturday.

Old Charm Wood Bros Tudor Sideboard Cabinet

I like Saturday mornings, its a lazy morning for me before I set of to the 'Unit' to see whats turned up over the week. The 'boys' have been busy foraging auctions, flea markets and where ever else they go in search of antiques, collectibles and all manner of interesting things.
Old Charm Furniture Tudor Sideboard by Wood Bros.
It looks like I am even going to have to start a new blog to keep everything separate because these days the 'unit' is looking more like Aladdin's cave rather than a 'furniture' warehouse. They have been selling furniture for over 20 years locally and have a huge stock of old, antique,retro and interesting furniture, hence this blog.
Antique Brass Weighing Scales
However, since starting out selling online they have been finding some wonderful things that are simply to good to resist, just like these old brass scales.
Old Charm Tudor Furniture by Wood Bros.
Anyway, back to the task in hand and today I spent time taking some photo's of a piece of furniture that caught my eye as soon as I walked through the door. I guess you can't miss it because its huge and a fine example of 'Old Charm' period furniture if ever their was one.
Old Charm Furniture

The Old Charm Tudor sideboard is one of those pieces of furniture that requires a large dining room to look the 'part'. I had never heard of Old Charm furniture until now and what attracted me was the Tudor style with the heavy ornate handles and hinges.

Whilst inspecting the Old Charm sideboard I was amazed at the quality of the build, all solid oak and even the back, usually finished in a cheaper wood. Its beautifully crafted, not that you would be seeing much of the back but its always good sign of quality.
Old Charm Furniture

The Old Charm sideboard was manufactured by Wood Bros a furniture manufacturer which was started in 1924 when Herbert Wood.......
  • "Herbert Wood's dream was to produce a range of furniture which combined unique style with quality and practicality. But above all, the furniture had to be unaffected by time and fashion - furniture which would actually appreciate with age, both financially and aesthetically".
This Old Charm sideboard was probably built around the 70's although it could be later and the only fault it has, if you can call it that, is the top. Like a lot of old furniture its showing signs of use and age but the top has a blemish, some discolouration, looks a little like a 'burn' mark.
Old Charm Furniture

Its large enough to notice and the 'boys' have been considering restoring, stripping the surface in the workshop and so on, it can easily be done. However, if it were me I could easily live with the blemish and the minor signs of age and wear, especially at their current 'asking' price.
Old Charm Wood Bros Furniture
Thankfully, the 'blemish' on the Old Charm sideboard is central so could easily be disguised by placing a 'center peice', antique ornament, a vase or bowl suitable for the Old Charm Tudor style. It would have to be large though, not to disguise the blemish but more in keeping with the proportions of the Old Charm Tudor style sideboard.
Old Charm Tudor Furniture By Wood Bros
If you like this Old Charm Tudor style sideboard as much as I obviously do then go check it out if you would like to buy it. If you want to make the 'boys' your best offer then I am sure they will consider it because they need the room in the 'unit', I told you it was huge, they may even deliver it for free you only got to ask.
Old Charm Period Furniture
Below are some more images of the Old Charm furniture, its such a wonderful piece of old furniture to photograph that I spent most of the day 'snapping away, not a bad days work for a Saturday.
Old Charm Furniture

Old Charm Furniture

Old Charm Furniture

Old Charm Furniture

Old Charm Furniture