Auctions, Antiques, Anything French, that is; the more chips, scratches, gilding, the better. Having had no money after buying our first house, I needed to get really creative and figure out a way to furnish on a very tight budget. Weekends were spent going to flea markets, junk shops and a quick stop at a pile of stuff on the road when it was pick up day.
This sweet little painting was probably one of very first purchases for $5.00 and today it still hangs in my home. Little by little our tiny Bungalow style house started to feel like a home. We started out with a mattress and a folding table, but our collection grew one sale at a time. Draperies were sheets swagged over a pole. Our kitchen table was pine boards nailed to a base that we literally beat with a chain, hammer and nails to give it an aged look. Junk day was the best! Or “Bulk Pickup Day” as it was called. My husband and I would try to drive around when it got dark so no one would see us. The things we have pulled out of those piles of stuff over the years makes me smile. One morning, on my way to work, I saw this chair and quickly threw it in my car. It was in perfect condition structurally. I had it upholstered and again, still keep it in my bedroom. It has even been in a showhouse or two! Now that we are building a new house, my addiction has come back with a vengeance. Before the foundation was in, I had already amassed a house full of STUFF that would make George Carlin proud. ( For those of you who remember his classic performance.) For the younger set, my house basically looks like an episode from the show “Hoarders”, but at least I know it’s temporary. I HAVE to buy things I love when I see them because I do not want to risk regretting it later or having something discontinued.
These are photos of my car and living room to give you an an idea of how we are living right now. The bright side is that everything you see has an assigned spot in the new house and I know that everything will fit and look great. It’s just hard to convince others of that. Following are some photos of pieces I have already purchased and redone to use.
A French daybed,faux finished in wood with gilding. Behind it is an Antique headboard. Not sure if I want to use it, otherwise it will go back to auction. The mirror below was a total mess when I bought it at auction. I had to buy modelling clay, reconstruct grapes, leaves and other detail that was broken, then painted it for now. I plan on gold leafing the whole thing. It is 10′ high and will go in my new entrance. P.S. The lamp on the newel post was also purchased at an antique shop.
All this STUFF is being collected for my fireplace wall in the Family Room. The entire wall will be custom built with bookcases on either side of the mantle. These salvage pieces will all be incorporated. This is gonna be fun!
Desk and mirror bought at auction. I painted the desk white and aged it. The mirror is perfect the way it is. Below are three different chairs I bought for hardly any money at auction and had recovered for different rooms of the house
This GORGEOUS French piece I just brought home from auction. It is from the estate of Judith Lieber and I am SO glad she decided she didn’t want it anymore!
Torn, worn, scratched and well loved, I will put this in my entrance exactly as is.
And for the finale, this is a very special collection of china we have been working on for a very long time. They will go into the bookcases next to the fireplace. As construction progresses, I will be posting to be able to share the building experience and lot’s of information.