I set myself an interesting challenge some time ago.
Very simply, to furnish my home stylishly, on a very limited budget. The concept, is that each item should cost no more than the price of a takeaway pizza. Research suggests that £14.99 is an appropriate price point.
My main pre-conditions are that furniture must be made from proper wood – no MDF, be pre-loved and that any fabrics used must be natural (cotton / wool / silk).
I live in a Victorian home. In common with many homes of this era, many of the original features were removed and discarded by our parents in the 1970’s. It’s entirely possible to restore original features, provided that one has the budget to visit an architectural salvage yard. My limited budget has ruled out that option.
I wanted to restore the fireplace in the living room. The main chimney survives, but it was missing the fire surround and mantlepiece. I also wanted a period appropriate mirror, to sit above the fireplace.
Both pieces were eventually acquired on Ebay. The fireplace is a reproduction, whereas the mirror is original. The fireplace managed to fit into the back of the car, but only just. Both pieces were then painted in Annie Sloan French Linen.