If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know a few months ago I vowed to furnish my house with second hand pieces, and have been documenting my progress ever since. A recent burst of homemaking (read – being at home all day attempting to work but getting distracted) means I’ve organised some of my car boot and charity shop finds and, erm, acquired some new ones. So here’s an update on the Second Hand Home Challenge…
This pretty gilded mirror was £1.50 from Sunday’s car boot sale and hangs halfway up our winding staircase. Reflected in it I’m wearing a Primark blouse, Topshop jeans and thrifted cashmere cardi!
This hamper looked a lot different (and really confused Rob, hence the note!) when I bought it for £3 at a car boot sale a few months ago. I recovered it using leftover material from my dining room chairs project and added a cute crochet trim to cover up my terrible staple job. It resides in our bedroom and holds spare blankets.
The suitcase was a £2 car boot purchase – I think I’m slightly obsessed. We’ve had the ‘home’ door stop for years and I bought the glass vase from Ikea. The flower was swiped from the garden and was probably the only living thing left out there.
I’m trying to build up a collection of vintage tea sets for my wedding (that’s as far as our planning goes at the moment), but I’m running out of storage space. This stack (which includes one more cup and saucer) was picked up for £1 at a car boot and sits on my desk.
The £2 car boot typewriter has featured here before, but its permanent resting place is here in my office (clearly I’m trying to capture the romantic spirit of writing in my place of work). It sits atop two vintage suitcases, picked up at different car boots for £5 (bottom) and £1 (middle) respectively.
Finally, my newest purchase and current love of my life – the 1970s mahogany coffee table I scooped at Sunday’s car boot for just £7. The man selling it was such a sweetheart – he wanted £12 but I’d been too busy buying mirrors and cordless phones and only had £7 (and a load of coppers which I also handed over) left. I tried to protest when he said ‘go on then’ but I think he could tell by the shine in my eyes that it was going to a good home. He had restored it himself so lectured me about the high importance of coasters before I was allowed to take it home.
Also feature: striped rug from Ikea, cream metal jug from Dunelm Mill, ceramic jug (background) from Ikea, silver candelabra (background) from a charity shop and the teacup and saucer candle was a gift from a friend. The guitars (both electric and acoustic there) are Rob’s and Red and Vogue are my magazine must-haves.