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    • gabyjane
    • By gabyjane 6th Jan 20, 8:13 AM
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    Refurbing these units..
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    • 6th Jan 20, 8:13 AM
    Refurbing these units.. 6th Jan 20 at 8:13 AM
    Hi all, couldn't see a new shabby thread so hope OK to post here.
    What do you all think of these? I'm thinking grey for both but unsure?

    https://i.postimg.cc/66ZMjnNc/IMG-20200105-210758.jpg

    https://i.postimg.cc/Qxr0RC83/IMG-20200105-200646.jpg
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    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 13th Jan 20, 9:52 PM
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    Does anyone have any idea what age they both are that I posted origionally please?
    Originally posted by gabyjane
    The first one strikes me as late 1920s /early 1930s from the colour of the wood and the little bit at the back on top. I remember similar in my great aunts' houses - bought new to hold cherished wedding gifts inside.

    The second one - depends on what the lock, back and underside are like, and the quality of the wood. It might be 1980s repro (expensive in its day due to the detailing) or late Edwardian.

    Nothing wrong with reproduction if somebody wants an attractive piece of furniture to use, btw.

    It is difficult when I can't feel the wood and look underneath etc

    They are both attractive pieces and will stand out when finished.
    Last edited by luxor4t; 14-01-2020 at 8:55 AM. Reason: clarity
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    • balabooberlies
    • By balabooberlies 13th Jan 20, 9:58 PM
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    gosh

    exactly what i thought but didn't have the confidence to say. although not the bit about 80's reproduction.
    • gabyjane
    • By gabyjane 14th Jan 20, 8:45 AM
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    Thanks all. Am always interested to see how old they may be. I bought a very cheap unit a few months back, was going to paint and turned over to see its a remploy and selling for a fair bit (haven't sold mine yet!)
    The larger one I started painting last night, my first experience of chalk paint and I'm not impressed. It started bobbling up, will need sanding in parts, the blue one was far easier with valspar paint.
    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 14th Jan 20, 9:17 AM
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    Because I am old I was buying my furniture in the early 80s and went headlong into Old Charm dark oak reproduction .... including a 6 foot long refrectory table. I must have spent weeks of my life polishing that as it was solid wood .

    Then, to mother in law's horror, I wanted a change, but having no money I discovered Shabby Chic and ...... she was very upset to find I had removed the leaded light doors on the "Elizabethan" dresser and painted it. I know she thought I was spendthrift, but did she honestly believe we could have afforded a 400 year old cupboard?!

    Yes, I have a house full of cream F&B painted furniture

    tldr: no disrespect at all to repro. I have a house full of it
    Last edited by luxor4t; 14-01-2020 at 9:20 AM.
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    • -taff
    • By -taff 15th Jan 20, 10:34 AM
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    I thought omeone posted a link to one of them, for some reason in was in my ebay just looked at stuff but I don't think I was searching for it...Anyway...This for the second one...Look at the price on that!
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1920s-Low-Mahogany-Glazed-China-Cabinet-with-shelving-and-Glazed-Beaded-doors/142110061916?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.S EED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160727114228%26meid%3D3c69f 9ceff074ad5b4db2e328d14a317%26pid%3D100290%26rk%3D 2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D321111928351%26itm%3D1421100619 16%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2060778&_trksid=p206 0778.c100290.m3507
    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 16th Jan 20, 9:59 AM
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    Ooo, nice!
    Glad I was wrong
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    • gabyjane
    • By gabyjane 16th Jan 20, 3:25 PM
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    Aaaah dont show me that!! Mines similar but not anymore.. I stripped it of everything hinge like, sanded and painted and am not happy with it.. Hope I can salvage!
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 16th Jan 20, 4:50 PM
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    Hi Gaby.....reading your posts with interest. Love the units you picked up. I'm sure they will look fab when you're done,

    I was interested to hear your comments about chalk paint. I thought it was just me. I only tried it once on furniture. Didn't care for it much. I know it's quicker than having to prep and sand etc but I didn't like the finish.

    Like luxor I'm old I have been renovating furniture for what seems like aeons.....did my first piece when I was about 15. What began as a necessity - at one time it was the only way I could afford furniture - has now become a hobby.

    Im just about about to start a kitchen revamp.......horrid old 80s pine units. Very solid though so they should look nice when I have done. A big job but I'll take my time.
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 16th Jan 20, 5:25 PM
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    Another one who has found chalk paint to be a bit disappointing.

    Last time I renovated something (a Victorian desk in very bad shape) I actually used emulsion paint and then waxed over it - yes, I know it breaks all the rules but it’s looking quite good five years on, so don’t tell on me!
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 18th Jan 20, 4:50 PM
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    gabyjane The shabby chic thread is still on the OS forum. Not locked, no posts since June 2018. I've brought it back to life myself a few times in the past as have others.


    For anyone interested an OS forum search for The shabby chic thread will bring it up; Lots of excellent advice on all things shabby chic.
    polly
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    • gabyjane
    • By gabyjane 20th Jan 20, 9:00 AM
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    Another one who has found chalk paint to be a bit disappointing.

    Last time I renovated something (a Victorian desk in very bad shape) I actually used emulsion paint and then waxed over it - yes, I know it breaks all the rules but itís looking quite good five years on, so donít tell on me!
    Originally posted by PollyWollyDoodle
    Ha, glad you put this, I sanded down a chest of drawers and painted them with B&q matt paint, they look great and far better than the chalk painted ones now.
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