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Thread: My "furniture Restoration" Craft / Hobby

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    Hey folks, this is my 1st attempt at furniture decorating etc. My charming child Lily has very Frenchy style tastes in regards to the style of bedroom furniture that she wanted. I bought these antique mahogany book case, armoire & dresser & mirror off ebay for only $76-, some nutter had listed this furniture from $1- start bid, he had no idea the value of them, seller only knew that they were he's grandparents & that they had been sitting wrapped up in sheets & dated 1951 news paper in he's grandparents "unused horse stables" since the 1950's. The furniture is all hand carved out of solid mahogany. I don't even have a clue as to the value of the antique furniture. Lily's like me & doesn't like natural timbers, we like painted French style furniture. My oh & i sanded the original stain paint from the & i re-painted in french white & gold guilded the fret works, the original glass was not in good condition & was re-placed by my OH, the original brass door knobs were ugly & i re-placed them with new crystal knobs. Next project will be a frenchy style antique double bed restoration job for Lily.







    Mirror legs yet to be painted, Lily just couldn't wait any longer & wanted the mirror in her room asap lol.






    I also re-painted this lamp base & hand beaded all the swarovski crystal beads on lampshade.





    Thankies for looking

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    that good my mum can not do that

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    Looks fantastic!

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Ooooooooooooh AF, awesome.

    I am really into french furniture, actually, french anything to do with decor. My OH has restored furniture in his time and would love to take it up when he's older and has more spare time.

    However, I'm going now, as that piece is so gorgeous, and I am about ready to cry because it's NOT MINE!!!

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    Wow, that looks lovely. Good job.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    aww thankies Ladies for your lovely comments, it's greatly appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Ooooooooooooh AF, awesome.

    I am really into french furniture, actually, french anything to do with decor. My OH has restored furniture in his time and would love to take it up when he's older and has more spare time.

    However, I'm going now, as that piece is so gorgeous, and I am about ready to cry because it's NOT MINE!!!

    aww Deb... i thought it was going to be a nightmare & hard work restoring old furniture, but i surprised myself at how simple the painting & gilding was.

    The pics didn't do justice to the pieces, in real life the gold gilding is more vibrant,but not bright in ya face "neon" glowing if you get what i mean

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    love them gorgeous AF

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    Thank you for your comment JTBNTD, it's greatly appreciated

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    Yeah, I do know what you mean. Nothing worse than restoring and having the gilt so 'new' looking that it just wrecks the rest of the restoration.

    You have done a wicked job with that piece AF, even if my jealous self does say so! Lol.

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