Tuesday, 29 November 2011


It was the legs on this Edwardian table that first sold it me though I have to confess to having a thing about antique/vintage tables anyway....and chairs... and sometimes mirrors. At one point I had 4 desks/dressing-tables and approx. 15 chairs in my two bed apartment but luckily the desk above has sold and made it's way to my lovely first official customer and the grey desk in the previous post has attracted a few inquiries that will hopefully result in a new home soon.

This is the desk above in it's original dismantled dressing-table state. It's mahogany and was in good condition when I found it apart from two inches of dust and some broken handles. By the fifth coat of paint I was regretting choosing white but once finished, I was so tempted to keep it. This is going to be the hardest part of this miniature new business and one they didn't warn me about at the start your own business class. I managed to part with this one in the end but I'm not ready to talk about those 15 chairs yet...

Drawers lined with a shot of Laura Ashley's "Hortense" to make bill paying cheerier.

If you've got legs like these flaunt them!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Found Living

Welcome to Found Living the blog to go along with my (hopeful) new business renovating old furniture. Not sure if I'm completely mad, or mad scientist brilliant to be starting a new business in a recession but to paraphrase Frank Sinatra  if I can make it now I can make it anytime. At worst I'll end up with a beautiful, if rather cluttered, home.

The ethos of the business is to create custom pieces of furniture by reusing old pieces of furniture and bringing them up to date for contemporary living. As well as being unique the furniture will be affordable as the raw materials and labour for producing the piece have been provided 40, 50 even 100 years ago! By saving the “raw material” of the business from landfill I'm hoping to grow a company with a low carbon footprint from the outset.


Below is the before picture of the beautiful Victorian console table above. It was very sad and tired when cleared out of an equally sad and tired Georgian house in Limerick. It is the first piece of furniture I finished that is officially for sale and can be found on DoneDeal if anyone is interested!