I don’t know, this cushion was made in India, in a wool like fabric with faux patent leather piping. It’s quite spectacular and would sit happily in any designer boutique.
I have a very willing new apprentice. When we first started the furniture relooking a couple of months ago my grandson was not impressed when he was obliged to follow me back to the car carrying one of a pair of heavy Victorian stools. He was even less impressed when I said we might as well sit on them outside the pharmacy whilst we wait for Papi (who had the car keys)
Embarrassing Grandparent Alert!
Later I explained what we are doing, how we are doing it and why, and he has become a very enthusiastic junk sifter.
He now understands that we don’t want fake wood, chip board, melamine etc as this is unsatisfactory for our finishes. He can spot veneer a mile away.
He is only just nine and very skinny, so can reach tight , convoluted, dodgily stacked spots that Granma can’t.
We now have these heavy discussions about style, shape, work required and profit margins, mostly in the charity furniture shop near his house (where he is now accepted as my official wing man).
His rapidly assimilated knowledge of the above has bemused a few of the hardened local dealers we see in there looking for junk to flog off as antiques at posh outlets. He knows that we are not doing that; he asked me on Wednesday if I thought it ethical to buy a piece from a charity shop and transform it into something stylish and beautiful and then sell it for more?
I said, Hell! Yes!, we put in the work and it get’s a whole new lease of much loved life somewhere else, and the charity gets a regular input of much needed funds from us.
Nel got that; and he risked an avalanche of precariously piled stuff to rescue this little table.
The top’s veneer, which I would usually avoid, but it’s cute and, along with much of the other stuff we have found, I now like it so much, with it’s custom mixed paint and wax job, that I want to keep it.
That, folks, is the benchmark. If I love it, then someone else most certainly will.