Distressed in a good way…

I guess this post maybe doesn’t belong on a Caribbean design blog, but I wanted to write about my increasingly-manic desire to acquire distressed painted wooden pieces of furniture.  I guess it’s really an English country cottage-y look but I love it.  Here are some modern examples from Somerset Bay (first three), Shabby Chic (middle two), and Wisteria (final two).

I also love the real-deal vintage versions.  On our most recent trip back to London, I headed up to Angel on a hunt for affordable art and design supplies, and was a wee bit distracted by the antiques market and boutique shops on the little alleyway behind Upper Street (I think on Islington High Street and Camden Passage – there’s also an awesome little pub on Camden Passage fyi, amazing terrace in the summer!).  In amongst the higgledy piggledy china tea cups that are quite high on my list of not-quite-too-cutesy-and-cottagey-to-actually-buy (which would actually look AMAZING displayed in a white distressed wooden dresser) and other assorted knick knacks, were a bunch of fantastic tables, dressers and cabinets in all sorts of pastel shades and looking ‘distressed’ – I really wish I’d taken some pics…
I’ve researched a few of the antique shops up there though, and have come up with these beauties:

This one is from After Noah – I would personally replace the knobs totally, maybe with the cream/white hand painted ones we picked up in India, hmm…
This find’s also from After Noah – they have some gooorgeous vintage leather armchairs and sofas too, check them out!

This supplier is not based in Angel but has pretty pretty furniture (although I suspect they are not as antique as they say they are…either that or I’ve stumbled across the bargain of the year) – click on the image for the link.

I’ve also come across a few random odds and sods – anyone for a ‘musical rabbit in a cabbage’?!  Head up to Angel if you feel this is lacking from your life…

I thought a recent post on Design*Sponge would also be relevant.  They talk about how to apply a waxing technique to painted furniture that leaves it looking attractively old and ‘distressed’.

And here are the ‘before and after’ shots:

I think the colour they used was maybe slightly too bright a blue, I’d use a more pastel-ly shade personally, but it seems to be a great way to save a lot of money on antiques – love it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.