In a recent post about upcycling some garden furniture I purchased from E Bay, (here) I spoke about loving old, vintage and antique furniture items.
In the new year we will be moving to our new home and I’ve already begun planning furniture for the rooms in my head. I’d love it to be a mix of old and new. As a new-build, I’m keen that the house has some character and I think bespoke items such as these will help to age it a little.
As well as keeping my eye on local selling pages and E Bay, I also love visiting the Pembrokeshire town of Narberth, which is an absolute favourite of ours. There are numerous antique shops here and I especially love Malthouse Antiques (Visit them here).
I was lucky enough to spot some little schoolroom chairs in an upstairs room in the Malthouse. They were tucked away behind other bits and bobs and I’m so glad I found them. They were marked at £18 each, which may seem expensive in comparison to some plastic children’s furniture you can buy, but I just love the way these chairs have stood the test of time. They were built to last, and that, combined with the fact that they have a wonderful story to tell, is just so appealing to me.
On returning to the shop to show David what I’d seen, he showed me a little 1950s easel he’s spotted downstairs, priced at £24. I knew all three would be great together.
The colours, however weren’t my favourite, but having recently sprayed some garden furniture, I had an idea of how they could look with some TLC and so we squeezed them into the car and brought them home with us.
Hugo absoutely loves them, as you can see!
I will say that I don’t like spoiling wooden antique furniture with paint, but if someone’s already done it, I’m happy to alter the colour to suit our room pallet.
Here’s the spraying in progress and you can see where I used foil to cover the wooden seat, with tape to create a straight line and I decided to keep the underneath untouched too, to retain as much character as possible. I used foil to cover the rope on the easel and removed the wooden pegs.
I used the same company as for my garden furniture upcycle, called Sprayster.com (here) for the spray paint. This time, I chose a chalk finish, in powder blue. I’m really happy with the end result. I can’t decide yet whether to distress them a little, so I’m living with them for a while, until I’m sure. I hope you like them too!
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