I have a love for vintage and in particular mid century furniture and design. The structure and shape of the furniture is what really grabs me. A few months back, I bought some mid century Benchairs that needed to be completely restored. The fabric was not nice at all and the wood had been heavily stained.
The idea was that I would have a go at restoring these chairs (I have four of them), however, on close inspection of the chairs, I realised I was out of my depth and it wasn’t just a simple recover of the chair, there was much more work involved.
I contacted a local chap who restores furniture, Jim from myjunk4u, he restored all the chairs back to life.
We chose red leatherette for the fabric for practical reasons with two young children, easy to wipe clean! I wanted to add some colour to our quite neutral kitchen and really love this bright red!
I am really pleased with how the chairs look, although because of the heavy stain that was on them originally the wood hasn’t come up as sleek as I would have liked but it shows age and character and thats what I like about furniture, a bit of personality. I have to say, these chairs are so comfortable too!
I have been needing a nest of tables for the lounge for a while but wasn’t keen to pay too much for them and managed to get this Gplan nest of tables for £10! A bargain I thought as they are in pretty good shape, they just need a little polish here and there but they are in remarkably good condition. I really love the shape of the legs when they are all nested together. A very practical but great quality piece of furniture at a bargain price!
Another passion I have is typography and I really like the old wooden letterpress letters and I have started to collect some. It is a bit addictive and I am finding myself wanting more and more letters of different sizes and fonts! I do need some lowercase letters so that may be my next purchase.
I had a lot of fun playing around with these letterpress block letters, experimenting with different combinations and different words etc. I am hoping to progress with this further in the future as I do enjoy making these and would like to have some special sayings placed around my home.
Do you like vintage? What’s your favourite piece/s?