Or, Thank You to charity shops and modern house builders…
As summer slows to a halt and I start moving indoors more, I have started to cast the eye over the house once more. You know the drill… time to start tweaking and changing and improving.
I have had a bit of a purge recently of overflowing cupboards, and whilst doing it I noticed that a lot of my furniture and household items are bargains bagged from charity shops, auctions and even the odd skip. Not a lot is new at all, not that I would not love to go on a splurge in some of my favourite shops.
Most items of furniture that I have found have been mainly tall or long, and lingering in junk shops. We have very high ceilings in our house, so the taller pieces of furniture fit brilliantly and most people cannot fit them into their modern homes. As long as the basic shape of a piece is good, then it is amazing what some paints effects or a refurbishment can create. My friend Gaby has the best comment for when a bargain priced item is found, she says “it would be rude not to…”. Therefore in the politest fashion I can justify snapping things up.
This very tall Victorian glazed mahogany cabinet came from a Charity shop. No-one else wanted it as it is a whopping 10 feet tall. I backed the inside of the cupboard with some printed burlap that I had left over from an upholstery project, and it was ready to use. Total cost £90
In the hallway, this orange-toned pine sideboard was very large and lingering in another charity shop. A dash of Annie Sloane graphite chalk paint that I already had, and it was transformed. Total Cost: £80
Whilst at the same shop, I also snapped up this large mirror for just £10, a lick of paint transformed it:
This armoire came from the same charity shop as the tall glazed mahogany cabinet. A makeover with some leftover chalk paint, and a beautiful wallpaper in the panels turned it into a real gem. Cost: £40 for the cupboard and £42 for the wallpaper on sale down from £90, (costly wallpaper, but I loved it!). So a total of £82.