Crack­ing ideas with vin­tage value for your home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

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 book­ 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.


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