by sarah on November 9, 2012

Vintage Home Living Interiors


Upcycling! In the first episode of Kirstie Allsopp’s new series Vintage Home, Kirstie showed how easy and cheap it can be to completely alter the look of a room by making some alterations to an outdated or tired piece of furniture and using vintage textiles and accessories to finish the look. A scruffy chest of drawers was given a new lease of life with a lick of paint and some new drawer handles that matched the colours in the wall paper, while fragments of textiles taken from various well loved but unusable items were painstakingly resewn to make a patchwork quilt. While not many people have the time to sew a patchwork quilt, upcycling furniture can be much quicker and easier! Take, for example, a typical pine or other lightwood chest of drawers with turned wood handles. These can be bought at auction for anywhere from £20-£100. To create the popular “Shaker” look, simply unscrew the turned handles and if necessary sand them down a little with sandpaper to brighten the colour. Then paint the whole chest with off-white or light cream eggshell paint and rescrew on the handles. If you prefer you can also sand the top and leave that unpainted. So, for a fraction of the cost of buying on the High Street, you have a vintage look chest of drawers that will help lighten the look of your interior and bring light in to the room. Next week we’ll talk more about some of the textiles and accessories that you can find at auction to bring the vintage style to your home living.

If you’ve been watching Kirstie’s Vintage Home and feel like brightening up your home interior this winter, have a look at our catalogues online or come down to the auction for the viewing days and get inspired. If you don’t live in a period property and modernist is more your style, you may also want to see our Vintage and Retro auction catalogue which will be online in the New Year for the dedicated auction on February 9th 2013. This auction focuses more specifically on the 1940’s to 1980’s.

For further information or advice, please contact us at our Oxfordshire auction rooms on 01295 272488 or email

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