Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Antique Shopping!

Yesterday I went with Sadie and Miss Gemma to do some antique shopping. Most of you know I am not a good decorator and that Jonny is much more happy to do things like that. Unfortunately, he doesn't really have the time here, so he has become dependent on me. So far our house does not seem very home like, but neither does our house back in the U.S., so I wasn't to worried about it. Sadie recently had the antiques delivered that she had refinished a month ago and they were absolutley gorgeous and I thought I have to get me some of those!

Here are some of the goodies I found.


This is an armoire that I am having refinished in black. I will use it for storing things in our living area, like toys, cds, dvds, etc. Grand Total: $86.41


We have gone almost 6 months with no storage in our bathroom and our towels are still sitting in the box that they were shipped in. Here is the cabinet I found in for out bathroom. Not sure how I am going to have it finished, so I would love any input I can get. In fact if you have input for all of the things I bought I would love your opinion on refinishing! Grand Total: $12.35


This chest was the first thing that I bought. I thought it would be a nice pieces for storing toys and just an overall nice looking decoration. Grand Total: $24.69


Gemma had a great time antique shopping. I had a list of things that I was looking for, so Gemma made up her own list. She said to me "When I grow up like a mom, these are the pieces I am going to buy!"


I bought this piece for our kitchen here. We hardly have any storage or counter space, so I thought I could do a little chopping on this piece and store some sundries in here. Grand Total: $49.38


We needed a new coat rack for our house, so I found this little gem. They are going to add wooden hooks to it, but not sure if I will have it done in a darker stain. I keep thinking of going all black for everything, what do you think??? Grand Total: $18.52


Here are Sadie's gems for the day.


This is a small bench that is about 6 inches off the ground. It is just extra seating in our living room. Grand Total: $12.35


And last, but definitely not least, my only real true antique from the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) was this bench. I bought this for Jonny's birthday, but he had wanted this for a long time, so I went ahead and let him see it. Grand Total: $61.73

The furniture is heading to the furniture refinishers place today. I will head out there today or tomorrow and let them know what we want done. I can't wait to see the finished pieces.


Kirsten said...

Awesome pieces Kim!! If the trunk isn't too high it would make a great coffee table. Whenever you post prices for things I am blown away!! I think a dark stain on the pieces would be great. Jonny's bench is gorgeous.

Meegan Blue said...

I am so jealous!!! Not only are the pieces amazing, but the prices are outrageously great...lucky you!!!

Kelly S said...

1644 - 1911 is a long spread. Do you have an idea of which year it is from?

Cacti to Cornfields said...

holy cats - what a bunch of bargains. i LOVE to go antique-ing, but you don't find many bargains like that here unless people don't know what they have! my favorite piece is the one you got for the kitchen-- and jonny's bench. if it was me, i'd just strip them to the natural wood color and then let the wood decide what sort of natural stain it needs. if you like black, maybe you could find a translucent black stain so the wood could still shine through. do you get to bring all this great stuff back to the states with you, i hope???

VeryApeAZ said...

Grrr. You and your prices! You're killing me. I love the chest. I love them at the end of beds to store extra blankets and stuff. But my room isn't big enough for me to to have one.

I know nothing about decorating so I can't give you any tips. I do think darker is better because it matches easier???

Maura said...

I love it all! Great job! I'm jealous!