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Another furniture experiment

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Sideboards

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Our Deco type sideboard with silvered metal and black tab handles plus the ball feet on a stretcher

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.

Sitting Room

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.

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Something like this but it needs photos and doilies etc

Dining Room

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.
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Two tone wood effects – barrel drawers with handles

  • 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.
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One cut down dress pin at end of back ledge

  • 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.
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Bugle beads from a 1920s dress and ordinary staples

Must have doily and/or runner

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Two lace strips flat hemmed edge to edge with pieces of top motif chopped to make up the ends. Done some button-hole type stitches on the raw edges at each end to add finish of sorts 😉

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and with the 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.

All three gathered together

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Daytime possibilities

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The very odd chairs

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Night-time and draw a veil on the discrepancies

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What now?

They look like they could do with some cushions and I’m not happy about the starchy looking antimacassars so must wash them till they’re floppier.

Think I’ve worked out a way of doing the fourth wall so probably go on to making that and the doors next as the main task and mix and match with the cushion making and mushing up of antimacassars.

Not so much a three piece

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More a one and one more

Somewhere along the way I’ve shrunk the second chair.  Past caring as will semi hide it in a corner across the room from first – so it goes.

Back to the first

Cut the lugs off it
needs must

Seem to have misunderstood the instructions for the rear of the arms which has resulted in elephant-like ear shapes for the seat backs.

 

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Possible layout hiding the smaller chair on right.
Both sofa and smaller chair still need legs and trim adding, plus not made seat cushions for sofa yet.

I did find the mini castors for the chairs and sofa, added them to this chair but, as they insisted on falling off despite the attempts to hold them in place, I decided they were more trouble then worth.  Well, at least I showed willing 🙂