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Repurposed Antique Furniture: The Old Becomes New

Some of our customers have been very creative in the way they’ve repurposed antique furniture they bought from us. When you buy a piece of antique furniture, that piece was lovingly hand-crafted for a specific use. Perhaps it was made as an armoire or a nightstand or a buffet or server, but there is no reason that you can’t use it for a very different purpose.

Repurposed Antique Furniture: French nightstand in the kitchenLifestyles have changed over a century, so our home decor and storage needs have changed too. But our love for beautifully made and hand-carved furniture doesn’t change! So one of my favorite tips for incorporating stunning antique furniture into your home is to think creatively!

Here are some examples from our customers, starting with this terrific French antique nightstand that our customer Kathleen in Oklahoma used as a kitchen side table. The nightstand in the Henry II style dates to 1900 and the walnut marquetry and turned legs are nicely set off by the gray marble top. It gives Kathleen extra storage space in the drawer and cabinet and display space on the marble top and the lower shelf. Read more about this Creative New Use for Antique Nightstand in my previous blog post.

Repurposed  Antique French NightstandSarah in Seattle also saw the potential in an antique nightstand. She turned this fabulous antique French Renaissance Hunting style nightstand into a side table in her living room. Sarah said “We love it!” We agree!

An antique nightstand makes a wonderful end table, side table, accent table or plant stand. The cupboard and the drawer offer storage for small items and the two levels are perfect for extra display or storage.

The decorative appeal of the carved nightstand with its twist posts and marble tops is hard to beat! See more photos of Sarah’s living room with the repurposed antique French nightstand.

Erin wanted a pretty antique bed for her new home in Colorado, but she also wanted a queen size bed and the one she liked on our EuroLuxHome.com antiques online store was a full size bed. It is typical for antique beds to be smaller in size than our beds are today, but we can often convert the bed frame to a larger size. That’s exactly what we did for Erin!

French Antique Bed Converted in size

This is the final result. The antique French Hunting style bed that Erin chose is converted to a queen size bed. It dates to about 1900 and it is opulently  carved in beautifully aged wood. See more photos of the converted antique French Hunting Bed in my earlier blog post.

repurposed Antique French Brittany BuffetOur customer May in Florida ordered a French antique Brittany buffet and an antique Brittany bed from us for her delightful 14th floor Pensacola home.

May contacted me to ask if we could have the Brittany buffet altered to accommodate a TV for viewing in her bedroom. We were delighted to oblige!

See the full blog post showing May’s bedroom suite and how we repurposed the antique French Brittany buffet into a useful TV cabinet for May.

 

repurposed Antique French Provincial Armoire repurposed

Our customers Paul and Lane in South Carolina bought this gorgeous antique French Provincial armoire from us to repurpose into a unique gun cabinet. They were looking for a nice piece of antique furniture that they could use to store Paul’s gun collection. Lane liked the decorative carving on the 1890 Normandy style armoire. She also liked the mirrored doors that would hide the gun collection while giving her a wonderful full-length mirror in the master bedroom. Read more about the repurposed antique French armoire.

If you have repurposed a piece of antique furniture, we would love to hear about it! Tell us in the comments box below.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Antique Furniture in the Kitchen

Antique furniture in the kitchen is not everyone’s first thought when they imagine how they might enjoy antiques in their home. But you’d be surprised! A few weeks ago when I was writing about the renovation of our 1920s vintage bungalow kitchen and then how my dream vintage kitchen  worked out, I realized that antique furnishings in the kitchen is a big part of what makes the space feel so lived in, so comfortable, so inviting, and so uniquely personal.

Let’s take a look at how some of our customers have used antique furniture in the kitchen.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner

Natalya S. in Palo Alto, CA, bought this very pretty Henry II Renaissance style antique French buffet from us and it makes a wonderful statement in her kitchen. See the full story and more photos here. Elaborate walnut carvings add a decorative touch, along with leafy waterjet inlay design on the wall above the stove. The storage space in the big antique buffet makes it as practical for Natalya’s family as it is handsome.

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchen

Our creative customer Kathleen G.  in in Arcadia, OK, cleverly saw that this French antique nightstand in the Henry II style would work perfectly in her kitchen as a small table offering extra storage space. Dating to 1900, the antique nightstand has a gray marble top which is a good match for a kitchen, and it will keep the fruit platter cool too! See more about Kathleen’s kitchen here.

Vintage Renaissance Table in Dining Room

Our antique French Renaissance style furniture is clearly a popular choice for kitchens! Crystal B. in Harlem, Georgia, hunted for the perfect table for her large, open kitchen for four years before she found this vintage Renaissance table of ours to buy! The sturdy table was crafted around 1950 with a beautiful golden parquet top and an ornate wrought iron stretcher that adds to the Renaissance feel. It’s the kind of welcoming kitchen table that invites everyone to gather around and chat. See more about Crystal’s Renaissance kitchen.

Vintage teaspoon chandelier in kitchen

This upcycled chandelier is one of our most popular light fittings. Although it is not antique, it is hand-crafted by an artisan using vintage silver plate spoons and teacups. It adds a great touch of old-fashioned whimsy in a kitchen. We have quite a selection of upcycled chandeliers with different designs using vintage components, and one of our silver spoon chandeliers was recently featured in Consumer Reports magazine. See how the different chandeliers look  in several of our customers’ kitchens!Modern KitchenPhoto by Lankford Design GroupMore eclectic kitchen ideas

This antique dresser or hutch once lived in Germany where it was a bookcase in a gentleman’s office. But doesn’t it look amazing in this otherwise very modern stainless steel kitchen? It shows that antique furniture can work in any style of kitchen decor. This kind of design imagination creates a completely unique space.

Nob Hill: French Victorian

Another imaginative person repurposed an antique French sideboard into a kitchen island.
I would hesitate to do this with some fine antique furniture, but it does look amazing!

I hope this post has inspired you to think about how you could use antique furniture in your own kitchen! Or do you have some antique furniture, large or small, in your kitchen already? Tell us about it in the comments box – we’d love to hear!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Creative New Use for Antique Nightstand

Antique French NightstandI love it when I see how creatively some of our customers use and display the antique furniture they buy from us. Our client Kathleen G.  in in Arcadia, OK, is a great example!

Kathleen purchased this French antique nightstand in the Henry II style and dating to 1900. The geometric walnut marquetry and lovely turned legs are nicely set off by the gray marble top. We suggested that the antique nightstand could be used not just as a bedside table, but also as an accent table in the living room or hallway. It would even look pretty in a powder room.

Kathleen went one better, and used the antique nightstand in an even more interesting way!

Antique nightstandKathleen is using the antique nightstand in her kitchen as a table with additional storage. It looks terrific against the wood floor and blends beautifully with Kathleen’s French Country style paneled cabinets.

French antique nightstandThis close-up gives you another view of how the antique nightstand looks in its new role as a kitchen cabinet. It’s such an interesting conversation piece. Inspired by Kathleen’s creative decor, I found a couple more examples of how people use antique furniture in unusual ways.

Creative placement of antique secretaireA House Beautiful magazine article showed this master bathroom designed by Paolo Moschino with a 19th-century antique English secretary. The secretary provides a lot of storage for towels and grooming products. It also looks gorgeous beside the old-fashioned tub, although I’d want good ventilation in the room in case it got too steamy and wet!

An antique Tibetan altar serves as a kitchen island in this Vermont barn house kitchen. The worn finish of the altar looks beautiful against the rustic wood floor and walls. I am sure that if they use the island to chop food they have a good chopping board on top. The altar is a unique and decorative storage space and room divider, and a nice island to gather around for coffee!
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve found a creative new use for antique or vintage furniture. Tell us in the comments box below.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Butler, GA

One of the many great reasons to buy Antique Furniture, is that you are being ecologically conscious.  By recycling an antique piece of furniture, you are choosing not to cause more trees to be cut down and are reducing the negative impact of manufacturing processes in countries like Indonesia.  You can feel good about being Green and reducing your ecologic footprint by buying Antiques!

French Antique Furniture can also be repurposed, or used in different ways than that which it was originally intended.  For instance, a new trend for 2011 in kitchen design is using Antique Buffets, Antique Armoires, or Antique Sideboards as free-standing kitchen cabinets.  Our customer Gregory M. thought of a unique way to repurpose an Antique Bookcase into a beautiful Gun Rack for his lovely vacation home in Butler, Georgia.

This striking Antique Bookcase was easily repurposed by adapting the existing shelves and adding a rack for the gun barrels.  The same process could convert a large Antique Bookcase or Antique Buffet into a wonderful way to store your wine collection!

We would love to see photos of Antique Furniture or Accessories from EuroLux Antiques in use in your home!

Best wishes,

Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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