Cracking ideas with vintage value for your home
ANTIQUES, vintage, second hand. Call it what you will but old stuff is great for adding new interest to your home.
The new BBC2 series Cracking Antiques, presented by Mark Hill and Kathryn Rayward, has picked up on the trend and has a host of great tips including how to spot the best bargains, how to buy at auction and how to renovate.
All the information is included in the book accompanying the series, which has
Mark says: “Many think the mix between old and new is not a happy marriage but the look is becoming ever more popular.
“And it’s not difficult to achieve.”
Mark, an antiques expert, and Kathryn, an interior designer, transform rooms using antiques for their new programme.
It includes the bedroom of Essex girl Rebekah Prince, which they make over using Frenchstyle antiques and proving that the old costs considerably less than newer versions.
The lamp from an antiques fair was sprayed pink and its shade was given a feather trim. The total cost was £124 compared to the high street version costing £230.
The chaise longue and dressing table from an antique shop cost around £1,000, while the gorgeous old chandelier was £270, with its new counterpart costing £750.
Mark adds: “People are amazed at the price of antiques and our job is to take antiques off their pedestal. They are living, breathing things that can become much-loved and well-used parts of the family home.”
Craftsmanship, say Mark and Kathryn, is another reason to use antiques.
“The old cliche, ‘they don’t build them like they used to’, is most certainly true.”
A solid mahogany chest of drawers from the 19th century costs from £300 or less.
A single Victorian balloon back chair £30.
Kathryn says: “Unlike most new pieces, antiques also have a resale value.
“If you choose wisely you’re more than likely to get your money back. You may even make a profit.
“You can’t say that about an MDF bookcase or wardrobe.”
Cracking Antiques in your kitchen
Formica tables and breakfast bars are hard-wearing and inexpensive second-hand.
Vintage linen tea towels look good and are often a better quality weave than anything available today.
For a country kitchen, butlers’ sinks are to be found in most salvage yards, but watch out for cracks and chips as they can be expensive to put right.
Old ranges can be sourced and used for their decorative appeal, though install new, working versions tends to be more practical.
Glazed wall cupboards are ideal for collections of kitchenalia such as jelly moulds and tea pots.
Spend time hunting for hardware. Handles and knobs from car boot sales and salvage suppliers will ensure you get a period look.
A free-standing oak or pine dresser is a useful investment offering storage and display space and an old one will cost a lot less than a new one or something built in.
Cracking Antiques in your dining room
Buying an antique wood table means the wood is likely to be of better quality than anything mass-made today and may even be of rosewood or mahogany, which is very costly today.
Georgian and Regency furniture captures the element of elegance and formality and rich woods reflect warm, soft tones that suit entertaining by candlelight.
Look for a table with extra leaves that be slotted or removed to change the size of the table.
Sideboards are great for storing a prized Victorian dinner service.
Invest in Chippendale chairs – you can get them from £150 and see their value rise with time.
Cracking Antiques is published by Mitchell Beazley and costs £18.99. To order a copy from the Yorkshire Post Bookshop, call free on 0800 0153232 or go online at www. yorkshirepost bookshop.co.uk. P&P is £2.75.
The series is on BBC2 on Wednedsay evenings at 8.30pm.
STYLE: A 21st century take on Georgian with an Edwardian Georgian style table, mid 19th century balloon back chairs and Regency wine decanters.
RETRO: The 1950s look in a bright rock’n’roll kitchen.
1942 dining chairs, left, and an eclectic country-style dining area.