Bring on the small
Both the sitting room and the dining room need cupboards/sideboards for holding this and that.
Decided to mix and match old pieces of furniture where possible in the house with modern built and ‘adapted’ and adopted items. One or two of the vintage furniture I’ve bought have two shades of wood – a wardrobe for one and I’ve a plan to make a dressing table to match it.
Another vintage piece sold to me as Barton‘s wooden sideboard 1950’s 1/16th scale sideboard for the sitting room on which I’m a-thinking of placing an old style (modern made) radio. I only say “sold to me as” because I don’t have the knowledge or experience to be sure, but I like it very much.
The mini dining room sideboard needs to be placed directly below the handy hatch through to the kitchen but I’ve not found quite the fancy affair I’d like so I’ve bought a cheap modern sideboard and sort of dolled it up as it were – with some of our full-sized sideboard’s features in mind.
- Thought of trying for a bit of filigree carving for the glass doors but chickened out and blanked them instead using wood veneer to match the drawer section – the cupboard doors are still open-able and the wood blanks can be removed if I decide on something else.
- The central open section of shelves I’ve sealed off with mock drawer fronts and trim. They look a little like a wine barrel gone wrong but heyho.
- The drawer trim is repeated at the bottom skirt. Its’ a strip of the padded card sold for card making and scrapbooking.
- Added a back rise/ledge to the top surface; this and the feet are all pinned and glued – I use cut down dress pins for this along with a thick needle as a bradawl as they both are less likely to split the wood.
- When searching for vintage furniture I’d noticed how certain models relied here and there on staples and one or two used them as handles so, as you can see in the photos, I had a go using a staple with bugle bead threaded on.
Must have doily and/or runner
Well that’s one more piece of furniture off my to-do list for the moment and it might just work once the room is full of other distracting furniture and knickknacks, lamps and chairs …
Possibly put on the top odd display bit of ceramic – a vase or a plate leaning against the wall behind. Oooh and possibly a cake, that would be nice, though a tray of used dishes and left‑overs would be interesting too. I’ll see when I get there.