Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Indulging in Antiques

Now that we have an old "character" home, I can finally indulge in my passion for antiques once more. My first real estate purchase was an art deco style unit in New Farm, a few years before marriage and babies. I was on a tiny budget, but managed to scrape together enough to buy a couple of old silky oak wardrobes and a sideboard. They were all in rather grim painted condition and I stripped them back and waxed them. I can't wait to get back into some restoration work, it is so satisfying, taking something ugly and neglected and turning into something beautiful. It may only be silky oak, once considered a common, everyday timber, but I love the warmth and the grain of the restored pieces - and it's the right era and style for our new home.

Our previous house, while still a Queenslander, was modernised to the 'inth' degree, so our current furniture reflects that. Streamlined, square, heavy. We won't be able to replace it all straight away, but will gradually add special pieces once we find them.

Number one on the list is replacing our big, dark mahogany dining table and leather chairs with a sweet silky oak setting. I'm on the hunt, people! Keep your eyes open and let me know if you spy one for sale, Brisbane and surrounds. The only one I've seen and liked so far was $1600, and I'm not paying that much!

PS - If you want to get a sneaky preview of our new house, head over to The House that A-M Built. She's featuring our new pad on a WWYD post! If you have any opinions, make sure you share them!


  1. Your house is so pretty - I would love to have an old Queenslander but living on the Gold Coast it doesn't quite fit! Thanks for the follow. I'm following you back.

  2. Hi Kathryn, have just put two and two together and realised it's your beautiful house I commented on yesterday over at THTAMB.
    Have fun with refurnishing and planting of shrubs!


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