Thursday, 20 January 2011

Secondhand furniture

I fell in love with this little cupboard at a local charity the other week.

It took a few days of persuasion and measuring and suggestions of where it could go before I finally persuaded the other half that we really did need it in our house!
We differ quite a lot on decorating. He grew up in a house full to the brim with antiques, which has turned him the other way and he prefers a more simple, minimalistic modern look (empty!), where as I love a shabby chic style and a mix of old and modern furniture, but not really antiques. I love things to look a bit lived in and have had a bit of life rather than being totally pristine.

I managed to convince him with the cupboard - although we both liked the idea of painting it plain white to give it a more seasidey look. The stencils were a bit to 80's for me! But I did feel a bit mean painting over them as someone obviously spent a lot of time and a lot of love painting it.
But 5 coats of eggshell later (yes, 5!) we had a lovely little cupboard, just right for us.

It was probably meant as a bedside cabinet, but now it has all my sewing bits and pieces (threads, patterns, scissors, pincushions etc) and looks a lot neater than the overflowing baskets I had in the space before.  We had a big clear out the other week and I took 4 big bags of fabric to a few different local charity shops - so if you are in the Whitstable area, there might still be some around!

By the way, I'm not sure if this is just on our computer as we had to reformat it the other week, but since then I have found I am unable to read posts from several of the blogs I regularly used to read (Bubblebay the only one I can think of off the top of my head). It opens up with their header etc, but won't scroll down to display the blog posts? Has anyone else had this problem?


Anonymous said...

Hi Helen, the cabinet looks great - definitely the right choice to paint it white! Re. not being able to read blog posts, i've not had this problem myself but I haven't changed any of my settings or anything either so not sure why you're unable to read posts now ??? Hope you get it sorted soon. Hannah x

Just Original said...

Love the cabinet, great buy!

Vanessa x

Simply H said...

Thank you! By the way, have worked out the blogs I can't read are all ones with the logo at the top? Curiouser and curiouser??

Anonymous said...

Hi again, that's interesting as Shabby Blogs moved and everyone that used their headers, blinkies and buttons etc had to update their html code. I didn't take much notice to be honest as everything seemed to be ok on my blog but I have updated now so let me know if you can or can't see my posts now? If you can it must be that people have not updated yet, if not then i'm stumped !!! Hannah x

Seymour said...

wow Helen,the cupboard looks wonderful in white. You have such a good eye. Am a couple of posts behind. The valentines things look interesting...

Simply H said...

Thanks Seymour, I always spot bits I like, just never have enough money to get them normally!
Hannah - still no joy with your blog I'm afraid! x