I have a list a mile long of things I need for this house. Top of the list is a rug to cover the threadbare carpet left by the tenants. Then there's the chair I desperately want recovered, because I can't bear looking at the topiary tree fabric any more. Then there's this and that and a lot of other things.
What I didn't need was an extra piece of furniture to go along my only free wall downstairs. I always loved this tongue and groove wall, with nothing in front of it except my tree at Christmas. I have never even hung anything on it because with so much stuff everywhere else, I felt I needed the blank space.
|This is my blank wall, with the understairs cupboard that has a pebble handle, and oops, there's the hoover cord !|
So what do I go and do. I buy something I don't need, but that I fell in love with.
I bought this..........
|It's odd how the paint has chipped off everywhere except the middle section and the door on the right.|
A very chippy, shabby old cabinet, with a marble top and great details. I went and looked at it three times to make sure I loved it enough, and to check the measurements. It only just fits between the architrave of the hall door and the understairs cupboard.
I love the carved detail on the front and on the corners, and the escutcheons are really pretty. I even have the original key, although unfortunately the lock mechanism is missing on the right hand side.
I cleaned it up, and scrubbed the marble top which was really dirty and covered in candle wax.
Then I had the best task, shopping my house trying to find stuff to put on it !
I tried this fake plant, which looked great, but then I missed it being on the table under the mirror.
|The view through to the hall.|
|The view from the hall - this side doesn't have much chipping either.|
What it really needed was something large, like a lamp, something I didn't have.
Which meant only one thing - I needed to go shopping !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And if you're wondering, the cabinet was £135, which means that I have spent about £180 so far (if you've been following along). And my last little bit of shopping (that I will show you next time) only took the total to about £200, which is only just over half of my overtime pay, so I'm still not feeling guilty about my little splurge..........