Love it when the husband comes home with a huge vintage saucer pot from my favourite purveyor of fabulous things @theoldboathouse_warehouse. It’s almost a metre wide and is from the Dinmore Pottery here in Ipswich. The pottery and brickworks were established in 1884 and finally closed their doors in the 70s. (I’m fuzzy on this and can’t find any actual date. I know that my brother bought one of the old kilns in the early 80s to dismantle and used the bricks to lay floors in his/a friend’s house.) The pottery is known for it’s distinctive brown glaze often with tiny black flecks. During the 60s and 70s it made retrolicious garden pots that are starting to have a bit of a renaissance on the local garden/design scene.
After we lugged it down into the garden, filled it with soil and planted it up with agaves and succulents here’s how it looked.
Old cane (rattan) furniture is my kryptonite. I love to take an unloved (and hopefully unpainted) piece and bring it back to life. I found this Art Deco era chair at @thevintageadvantage1 or rather my husband did.
It’s amazing what a good wash, lots of light sanding, some gluing, replacing broken binding cane and a coat or two of shellac can do for a piece. Look at it now!
I know the easy way to give this chair a new lease of life would have been just to paint it and skip most of the tedious prep work and I have been guilty of doing that in years past but the challenge for me now is to restore pieces back towards what they originally looked like. The whole job took me about a month of off and on work every few days.
The second piece I’ve worked on took far less time. I brouught this old chest back to life in a weekend. As much as I love Mission Brown paint (and believe me I do love all sorts of brown) I wanted to strip it back and oil it to show the wood grain. The hinges, lock and nails on this thing are all handmade and the piece has some age but I don’t know its history. I slapped on some citrus paint stripper, scraped it back, washed it off and oiled and buffed it up with Danish oil.
I love the end result. Warm and tactile and full of history just like I like my old furniture. Can’t wait to get my hands on more pieces to work on.
It’s been months since I posted on this page. I know I have been crazy busy but honestly that’s no excuse. I promise to be better. I really do. Here are a few photos from around the house where things haven’t changed much. There are big plans afoot for starting to paint the exterior and install a new kitchen. I had hoped to stretch my renovation budget to include a new bathroom but serious rising damp issues have come up and money to install a drainage system must be found instead. More on my plans soon.
I sent my beni ourain out to be cleaned (Rug Wash at Richlands – cannot reccommend them enough!) and it was only when I took these pictures did I realise that the rug wasn’t centred in the room. How did I not notice that there is a chair and a side table floating out on the tiles all on their lonesome? Needless to say that I got down on my hands and knees and dragged that bloody heavy rug back into the right position after I took these snaps. I feel so much better now.
I love my beni ourain rug. So soft. So thick. Bitch to keep clean. I send it out almost every year to be washed and in between it gets a regular shampoo. The reason why it gets so dirty so quickly? Four legs and a fur coat by the name of Mickey the wonder dog. It’s his favourite spot to curl up. Oh well the price we pay for pretty things.
P.S. Also love my vintage Tanderra chairs. Thick leather seats, chunky timber pole legs and aluminium struts. By Brisbane furniture designer Robert Dunlop in the mid-70s.