Category Archives: Antique and Vintage finds

Beautiful old things!

Architectural ironmongery – and four more for Friday

Wise words for French house restorers, with a wider message I think. I am not of any traditional religious persuasion myself but I found this piece of embroidery from a Welsh Chapel; presumably it hails from a period when the … Continue reading

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More recycling musings

If you have followed this blog from way back, you will know that I have changed my mind about how to upcycle this Puginesque pine chapel table left. It was earmarked as kitchen furniture until I had the eureka idea … Continue reading

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Bonus Friday post – Instant karma’s gonna get you

You know I love old maps. I have my 17thc pre “Treaty of the Pyrenees” map from ebay to frame up. Then, on Wednesday I had to go over to Birmingham (long story) so I decided to take the opportunity … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- The Newark Antique & Collectors Fair

If you are at all serious about antiques, collectables, architectural salvage or vintage then you really should take time to visit Europe’s largest antique fair at the Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground in England’s East Midlands http://www.iacf.co.uk/newark   I met a … Continue reading

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Friday French Property P**n – chambres brutes

Remember this snippet of a stone fireplace  from an earlier  post? Well I found a wider view at- athoughtfuleye.files.wordpress.com see below-plus this very rough and raw bathroom- Actually my downstairs shower room looks a lot like this right now (minus … Continue reading

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The most wanted list – qu’est-ce que l’on veut?

So, what’s the old stuff we all want these days? I may not be able to give you the definitive answer to this burning question, but I can reveal the top five UK best sellers that the third quarter of … Continue reading

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Moroccan tables- tables marocaines

These are rather festive, a saturated red. Basically they are Annie Sloan Emperor’s silk over an ochre-ish base. The top has been rollered, which on this surface gives a slightly, dimpled finish; ideal for rubbing antique wax into. Layered with  … Continue reading

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