Shabby Chic Bedside Bookcase

Shabby chic bedside bookcase. Made from a mixture of woods - plywood for the trims, reclaimed pallet wood for shelves, wood from Mitchells’ reclamation yard in Norwich for top and sides, purchased architrave for the sides, purchased decorative mouldings from eBay and purchased handle from Looses in Norwich.  Drawer reclaimed from another piece of furniture, I just fitted the runners for it and built the unit around it.  

Back decorative paper is wrapping paper from Jarrolds.  A gift for my lovely girlfriend Ria.

Pine Dining Table Rennovation

I found a traditional style pine dining table by some bins in my local area, the top was badly scuffed and damaged and it had a drawer missing. I carried it home on my pushbike!

I wanted to give it a more modern style, I sanded it down to bare wood, made new square legs for it, built a new drawer for it, squared off the table top edges (they were originally rounded), rubbed in a clear satin varnish with a cloth to bring out the grain and then finished it off with a coat of Briwax, and buffed it up.

Sold locally via a post on Facebook

Cromer Pier Coffee Table with shelf

Cromer Pier coffee table.  Made from planks from Cromer Pier in Norfolk, which were being replaced by contractors.  Luckily, Alexandra Bone salvaged 11 planks.  She posted on Twitter asking if anyone knew a carpenter, and a friend of mine saw the post and introduced us.  Wood was beautifully weathered but covered in algae and took some considerable cleaning and sanding, but the aim was to not remove too much character from the wood.  Screw heads were retained in the wood.  

Dining Room Sideboard

Sideboard.  Built mainly from reclaimed scaffold boards from Mitchells’ reclamation yard in Norwich, cupboard doors made from a bed headboard found in an alleyway.  Four of the hessian baskets were found in an old bathroom shelving unit also found in an alleyway, the other four were purchased online.  

Stained in dark teak and finished with Briwax.  Built for personal use. 

Zebra Print Coffee Table Top

Zebra print coffee table top.  Table base was found in an alleyway with a broken top.  New top made from scaffold boards.  Sketched design in pencil, then carved with a knife (to stop stain running through the wood grain).  

Dark teak stain used for the dark stripes, and finished with a satin varnish.  Built as a gift for a friend.

Screws and Nails Storage Box

I was fed up with the cheap, plastic storage boxes for storing screws - they always seem to break at the hinges of crack. So I thought I’d build a wooden box to hold them with a section for some tools.

I had some plastic containers which were a good size to hold a decent amount of screws, and I liked the idea of being able to remove them individually.

Dining Table

Dark teak dining table, top was made from reclaimed scaffold boards from Mitchells reclamation yard in Norwich, legs made from reclaimed fence posts.

Please note I didn’t make the chairs! They are very beautiful and I was lucky to find them on eBay, apparently they were handmade from weathered driftwood and originally bought from a shop in Great Yarmouth.

Getting the dining table finish to match the chairs wasn’t easy, but with a Rustins dark teak stain and a mahogany varnish to give it a red tint was close enough for my liking.  Finished with Briwax to protect the wood

Dressing Table and Stool

Dressing table made from melanmine salvaged from leftovers from a local shop fit out.  Spare plywood used for decorative trim.  Stool made from left over 2 by 3s taken (with permission) from a skip.  

Upholstered using foam and material from Anglian Fashion Fabrics, Norwich.  Made as a gift for a friend.

Low Coffee Table

Coffee table made from wood salvaged from a neighbours garden (taken with permission).  Teak stain applied, and finished with a gloss varnish.  Sold on eBay

Piano Stool

Piano stool, frame made from wood taken (with permission) from a skip near my home, top made from wood purchased from Mitchells reclamation yard, Norwich.  

Stained dark teak and finished in a satin varnish.  Built for personal use.

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