I wanted to show you this divine intricately carved cupboard that has always sat by my mother's front door, no matter which house she has lived in. This piece is very old and originally would have been a chamber pot cupboard for next to the bed. Aren't you glad we now live in modern times and have lovely stuff in and on our bedside tables and not big bowls of wee? ok best we don't go there mentally...
My mother's great uncle was an antiques dealer and he had given this to his daughter, my mother's Auntie Gwen, who in turn sold it to mum for 2 pounds when mum was first married to my dad. At the time she thought it was a lot of money but I think it's pretty good value seeing she's had this cabinet to use and love for around 50 years. It has a little white ant damage on one side but besides that it is lovely.
The wood in the central panel looks like leather. It's such an interesting effect. I love the carved handles and all the flourishes. This is a piece that I wouldn't paint (if it were mine). Although it would look fantastic antiqued glazed. See my antique glaze tutorial.
How good would this carving look all painted white with antiquing glaze or dark wax in it's crevices.
This funny little green and gold bowl below has sat on this cupboard for my whole life also. Don't you think it's interesting that you can love something just because it's been around for a long time? If I look critically at this bowl I don't know if I even like it. I'm never a fan of gold but I do love this bowl just because it's always been in this spot.
This chair on the other hand I would definitely paint. My mother's friend moved into a nursing home a few years ago and gave her this chair. It is now sitting by mum's front door.
The chair is very unusual with it's shell like back. It would look fantastic painted white and slightly distressed to show off the details.
sweet little fan details on the legs
Do you have furniture that you would never consider painting? Do you have furniture that desperately needs some paint to refresh it? If you are not confident to do it yourself or just like outsourcing I'm always happy to provide a quote for painting your furniture if you live in Sydney. It is a cost effective way to bring new furniture to life and can really brighten up your house, while either keeping pieces that you love or totally transforming an ugly piece.