Good evening my lovelies
What a weekend!! They say there is no rest for the wicked...and of course the other day I felt terribly wicked: I impulsively bid on a 1930's, 5 piece, Queen Anne bedroom suite. I saw beauty in the lines, rather than the colour. I imagined great things...I never honestly believed I would win. But I did, for a measly $160 I won the lot! Then this little can called worms popped open.
I did have a mini hysteria moment, where I tried to blame it on all you gorgeous, talented wonderful bloggers that I follow so closely.
I was too inspired!!
I was all frothed up in images of shabby, distressed, deco, mapped, freckled, ruffled, greige!!
But in real life, (not happy creative land where I sometimes escape) I was faced with questions like:
- where would we put it,...
- how would we get it...
- would my husband ever breathe normally again?
Well now I would like to say a big thank you!
Thank you gorgeous bloggers who inspire me for your sanding, priming, painting, glazing and waxing, not to mention all the eye candy! Because it was SO worthwhile being inspired and thus, impulsive.
Once my lovely had regained consciousness and was "fixing" what I hadn't thought through so clearly, we hired a very big trailer, one step short of a truck, and drove 2 hours towards Sydney to collect my winnings. One word to describe me when we saw them was "chuffed". The furniture wasn't as oppressive and heavy looking as it appeared in the Ebay photos, but moreover, there were little finds about them that thrilled me to pieces.
The chair needs the least work. Aside from a minor water stain, the fabric on the chair is in fabulous condition. I had thought it would need to be re-upholstered based upon the original photo, but in real life the pale pink and champagne tonings are to die for. The pale gold braiding around the edging is still very intact and there are beautiful little brass brad details. The underneath of the seat is also very complete, finished with a tidy row of pintacks all around the base.
The frame is as sturdy as the day it was made, with gracefully arched arm rests. The back is fully upholstered and tilts so that you can get comfortable. The timber is a darker stain and I am guessing this is to match the rest of the suite which is a dark timber veneer.
My lovely was actually very taken with the chair: he propped himself up in front of the TV last night and claimed it as his - payment for driving the
truck trailer and lugging all the furniture. It made him feel better, so I let him believe it.
As part of the suite, this chair cost me $32. Bargain!
The only change I would make would be to give it a light sand, then just a wax. What do you think?
As for the rest of the furniture, well as I said it is a dark wood veneer. Guess what I will be doing to those!! I have some ideas, but time will tell.
For now, here is a little teaser of the 3 door wardrobe. When I opened the doors, I found these...
Aren't they amazing!!!
So what do you think of my purchase? I think I did alright - now I just have to splash a little magic...
Hugs to you all.