French Furniture shop

Moving to the next level and bringing French and Vintage Furniture to the beautiful homes of New Zealand.

You might have noticed in the past month that I've been quiet on the blog front. Well, there's been a great reason for it.I have been busy unloading two new containers of delicious treasures...Heaven :-) As well as moving into and setting up my shop.

Stressful, rewarding and at times a but surreal. I almost need to pinch myself every now and then. It has been quite a fast journey to say the least. They say if you do what you love and love what you do it will flourish, and that it has.

I have been so inspired by others that have this passion such as Rachel Ashwell from the Shabby Chic® brand and Claudia Strasser from The Paris Apartment.  I love looking at their websites and dreaming over their books. This has always come with some frustration as it is near to impossible to find all that French furniture in New Zealand and to bring just a few pieces from abroad is very expensive.

I will be working very hard to bring the loveliest treasures I can find to dress the beautiful homes of New Zealand at a reasonable price.

It has worked well having my home as my showroom it has just outgrown my small abode so hence the move.

It is a long awaited dream come true. As well as a lot of hard work.  Although in saying that it's not like work as I love it. The hard part as any mother would know is juggling it with looking after a home and still being a good Mother to my beautiful children.

Here are some photos of my work in progress and some of my new treasures.

The entrance to Vintage Revival

Inside. A work in progress :-)

Set of four vintage dining chairs with beautiful vintage Romeo and Juliet fabric

French 1920’s sofa

French vintage Armoire in original cream and french green finish with gilt highlights

Sensational pair of vintage French nightstands in original cream and french green finish with gilt highlights. Very sweet little nightstands, perfect for any boudoir or even girl's room.

French Queen size bed

Vintage marble top table

Vintage cherub light

This is a fabulous pair of nightstands with marble tops and matching vanity.  All original with exquisite hand carving on the drawers and legs.

Beautiful old Louis XVI style vanity desk. Could also work great as a console.

A stunning French Vintage Romeo and Juliet fauteuil

A stunning French Vintage Romeo and Juliet canape

Very old antique French theatre mirrors

Bring your Vintage piece of furniture back to Life!

A beautiful Vintage piece of furniture doesn’t need to cost a lot. Junk shops, garage sales, inorganic collections and even peoples garages can be key places in finding hidden treasures just waiting to be revamped.

Here I have an example of a piece I found. Its original form and old piece of wooden furniture falling apart.

I wanted it to look like an old piece of French Vintage furniture. Something that would look like a beautiful well loved treasure in my home.

It is not an easy task in achieving this and does take some practice. The key is not give up before the transformation of a work well done.

With this piece I have used a red base. Then two different blues over the top. It is important to let the paint dry properly before applying the next coat. I was rough with my brush strokes which helps to achieve an old look. Rather than rubbing the paint off on this piece I used an old knife to scrape it off.

Once I had achieved the look I wanted I then put a polyurethane over the top. Make sure it is mat, if you use a gloss it will not look old. Apply two coats of this. When it is dry then apply the gold leaf. I used a fast dry enamel gold leaf project paint. You can get this at most hardware shops. I also scraped this with an old knife. Be aware when you are doing this it needs to be in places it would naturally wear.

Handles also play an important role. Make sure they are in keeping with what you are trying to achieve. These can also be sourced in all the places above.

Don’t be afraid to play with this when you start. Good things take time and come with practice. Even if you paint it 10 times it doesn’t matter. Paint can always be removed and sometimes the more you paint it the better it can look!

Experiment with colour. Test pots are great for this and cheap. It can be fun mixing them together to achieve something different.

If you want some more ideas and inspiration check out more photos of my Vintage Furniture