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2018 – It’s All About Balance

It has been a while since our last post and after a lovely extended Christmas break we are ready to get back into the swing of things.

Last year was just so hectic trying to juggle work and life in general that I have decided to focus purely on the online side of our business this year. Therefore we have no pop up shop dates planned, this is something I hope to resurrect in 2019 when I can dedicate more time and energy to making them the best they can possibly be.

We will still be sharing all our vintage homewares and furniture renovations for sale via the Etsy store, but of course if you are local we are more than happy for you to view pieces and collect items in person. Just drop me an email to arrange an appointment. You can view our online shop on this link http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/backroomvintagestore

We had a busy end to the year fulfilling all your orders and it has not slowed down into January which is great. We love sending our vintage finds off to their new homes.

So what does 2018 hold for us? Well we have a whole host of furniture needing a revamp, a little craft project using vintage typewriter keys to get underway, as well as sourcing lots of new stock for all you vintage homeware lovers out there.

Balance will be key for us this year, so alongside work projects we can’t wait to spend lots of family time together and catch up with all our friends who we neglected last year!

So that’s it for now, we will be posting some “top tip” blogs over the next couple of months so keep your eye out for those.

Until then, we hope you have a great start to 2018!

 

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November Pop Up Shop

Our next pop up shop (and the last one for 2017) is at the end of November. It’s been almost a year since our first pop up vintage shop and things have evolved throughout the last 12 months.

One of aspects of the pop up shop I enjoy the most is choosing products to complement and sit alongside our vintage furniture and homewares. So I thought it would be a good idea to showcase these suppliers who have all been chosen for a similar ethos to ourselves.

First up I am excited to introduce a new candle supplier, The Mount Whistle Company.

They hand pour all of their 100% soy candles right here in Scotland. We have a selection of their luxury fragrances and you are sure to find the perfect stocking filler for a loved one or yourself!

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We also have the last of our Candle Barn clip top jars up for grabs, as they are unfortunately no longer trading. If these have become a firm favourite, stock up this month before it’s too late.

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Last month we introduced some new greetings cards from the talented Katie Housley to sit alongside our existing stockist Lonetree.

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Another exciting recent addition and another great Christmas gift idea is some original, bespoke and limited pieces of artwork. These paintings from Arkaig Ink celebrate the beautiful area where we are based and specifically Loch Ken.

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We have a good supply of the popular herringbone and recycled wool blankets and knee rugs from the Tartan Blanket Co.

These are high quality, super cosy and are perfect for this time of year. They look as good used as a throw on your bed or sofa as they do wrapped around your shoulders on a chilly evening.

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So why not come along and browse the above products, our vintage furniture and the unique homewares on offer at this month’s pop up.

We will be open Saturday 25th November 10am – 4pm and Sunday 26th November 12 noon – 4pm.

We are based at the top of the High Street at Woodbank, New Galloway, Castle Douglas. We hope to see you there!

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Drawer Renovation Project

I have been eager to share this renovation project for a while but as ever things here are crazy busy so I am a bit behind schedule. So much so, this has already been sold and sent off to it’s new home!

It may however give you a little inspiration or courage to take on your own project so here goes…

These drawers started off looking worse than they actually were which is unusual as you typically find more issues than anticipated once starting a project!

They had spent some time previously in a barn and were somewhat dirty and unloved but a solid and quality piece of furniture.

Here they are beforehand……

The first task was cleaning the wood and sanding back the top to reveal the wood grain. The lip at the back was also missing so a replica was made.

This was the perfect project for me to crack open some new paint and I had some Charcoal coloured chalk paint I had been looking forward to using.

I have used a variety of brands of chalk paint and was pleasantly surprised with this particular one, especially as it cost a lot less than others I had tried. It was Deco Style Chalk Furniture Paint available at Aldi. I had been dubious when I saw it but so pleased we gave it a go.

If you are starting out or just want to do a small project on a budget I would definitely recommend it. There are limited colours which is the only real down side.

It went on quite dark and matt and then as it dried it transformed into an inky grey blue with a slight sheen which I personally adored. I had the perfect replacement handles to match this colour so couldn’t have been happier.

After 3 coats of paint, with plenty of time in between each to dry properly, I sealed the paintwork with a clear chalk paint wax, again by the same brand.

The top which was the stripped wood was simply waxed with Briwax medium brown – another favourite product of mine! This enhanced the natural grain and gave a nice contrast to the paint colour.

Lastly the new handles were added and I just had to try to convince myself not to keep them!

Here they are after the transformation….

I will back soon with an update on our last pop up shop for 2017 which takes place at the end of this month, November 25th & 26th. We have some new suppliers of great products and gift ideas to sit alongside our vintage furniture and homewares.

Thanks for reading and I would love to hear your comments!

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Change of Seasons

Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year, when else can you wear a scarf and sunglasses at the same time!? It is creeping up quickly this year and with a chill in the air and darker evenings already, I am now well and truly in nesting mode.

This time of year is a little bit like New Year for me, at the start of this season I reflect on the year so far and see what needs to be done before winter. I reassess objectives and priorities to make sure we as a business and family are on track and see what we can do differently.

On the personal side of things, this has resulted in Mr BV building a new storage shed, greenhouse and making a start to an outdoor seating area. Not to mention finally making a start on a play room indoors for our little one.

So what’s new on the work front….

As we are now down to the last 2 pop up shop dates for this year we’ve decided to promote some of the larger finished furniture projects online as “collection only”. This enables locals and visitors to the area to view our furniture pieces from the comfort of their own home and then we are more than happy to open by arrangement for these pieces to be viewed and/or collected.

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“Collection Only” restored, upcycled and handpainted vintage furniture

Over winter we plan to continue with the furniture renovations, commissions and the sourcing & selling of all our usual vintage homewares online. We will then publish our new pop up shop dates for 2018 on our “shop” page here on the website once confirmed.

As always if you want to browse our vintage finds in person we are very happy to open by appointment.

I have also just finished white liming some oak drawers which are now up for grabs….what do you think? Message us for further details!

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I hope to be able to share some more “how to” guides over the next few months as there are some larger furniture projects coming up that we are looking forward to getting stuck into.

So that’s it for now, have a great September and enjoy the change in seasons. We’re off to pick some apples to make a tasty crumble, another great reason why Autumn is the best season.

Oh..and don’t forget the next pop up shop is at the end of this month on Saturday 30th September, see you there!

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Bureau Renovation Project

We can’t believe it is August already! We have a busy month ahead with 2 pop up shops planned (Saturday 5th & Saturday 26th) and a couple more commissions in the pipeline. We have also just celebrated our 1st anniversary, we have no idea where the last year has gone, it’s whizzed by!

This month we wanted to share a bureau commission that we have just completed.

It’s always a little daunting taking someone’s beloved, albeit worse for wear, piece of furniture and turning it into a stylish piece for the modern home.

Our preference has always been to put our own stamp on old vintage furniture and then a potential buyer can decide if it suits their home and style. However we decided to go for it after being asked to take on a project to revive a piece that our client had inherited and really wanted to use in a new workspace.

Having taken a brief and worked together to decide on colours and finishes the real work began. Here it is beforehand….

 

As with most old furniture projects, there is always more than initially meets the eye. After some thorough repairs including fixing a leg, an arm….(yes we are still talking about the bureau)….adding replacement beading and making a few alterations to make it more functional, it was sanded and prepped ready for painting.

We used a light grey paint on the outside of this one and after a few layers we used the wet sanding technique to ensure a smooth finish. The paintwork was sealed with a clear wax which enhanced the colour, features and characteristics of this piece of vintage furniture.

Once the inside was painted too (Farrow & Ball Dix Blue, one of our favourites) it was time to tackle the decoupage. We used old Penguin book cover postcards to create this look. Top tip, once stuck down and dried use a few layers of clear varnish and finish with a matt varnish coat. We much prefer a matt finish but if you use this for a few layers it can go cloudy so this way keeps the images clear.

Here it is after……

 

We’d love to hear what you think? Or maybe you’ve taken on a similar upcycling project..let us know below.

If you are visiting or live in/around the New Galloway, Castle Douglas area then we would love to see you at this weekend’s popup shop. We will be open 10am – 4pm Saturday 5th August and then again on Saturday 26th August.

See you there!

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Get The Best Car Boot Bargains – Top Tips!

As car boot season is now in full swing we thought we’d share our top tips for grabbing a bargain.

1. First up, get there early! Yes you may have to queue with other eager beavers but it’s true what they say…the early bird does catch the worm.

2. Wear comfortable shoes and bring layers of clothing for all possible weather conditions, you don’t want to cry off if your feet start to ache, it starts raining or alternatively you forgot the sun cream.

3. Take a wingman to help with the heavy lifting, trips back to the car and generally to offer an extra pair of hands and a second opinion. I always try to take Mr BV on any big buying trips so he can shuttle new purchases to and from the car so that I can carry on seeking out the vintage treasures.

4. Trust your gut. If you see something unusual and really want it then buy it….there is nothing worse than thinking about it and going back and finding it’s been snapped up by someone else, also see The One That Got Away. On the other side of the coin if your gut is telling you no, trust it and move on.

 

5. Set yourself a budget….if like me you can get carried away buying lots of great bargains only to find out your total spend has gone a bit crazy it’s a good idea to limit the amount of cash you take and then stick to it….no sneaky trips to the cash machine!

6. Don’t be afraid to haggle and offer less than the trader has asked for….it’s not rude and they’ll be expecting it. It helps to have loose change and different notes. I have in the past negotiated a bargain price and only had a £20 note to pay with, now that’s a bit embarrassing!

7. Know when enough is enough, we like to do 2 or 3 trips around a car boot sale, scouting out and snapping up obvious pieces of interest, a second recce for a good old rummage and then the last time is to check we’ve not missed anything and that there are no new items still appearing from the boots of cars. Then we call it quits and go home for a well earned cuppa and to admire our vintage finds!

We hope you find these tips useful and you unearth lots of vintage treasures and unique pieces to brighten up your own home.

If you have any other top tips on this topic we would love to hear from you. Please comment below.

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June’s Furniture Projects

June has been a busy month with lots of vintage furniture projects underway and I am keen to share a few of our favourites that have been completed so far.

Firstly we’ve been working on this c1918 washstand which initially needed some repairs and then due to it’s condition we decided to paint. Using “french linen” Annie Sloan chalk paint and with a waxed finish it will look great in a bedroom, bathroom or even in use as a sideboard. It’s also handy that it’s on castors and features a very pretty original tiled top. Here are the before and after pictures……

Next up is this vintage bureau which started out with a dark varnish finish. We transformed it with a two tone paint job and map decoupage using a 1965 vintage map of our local area. Here it is once finished…..

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Lastly, a personal favourite, is this c1950s dressing table. This style of bedroom dressing table, with the dark brown veneer, fell out of fashion long ago. For something dramatic and more up to date we opted for a dark eggshell paint which is a steel/blue colour and here is the result…..What do you think?

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So as you can see we have been quite productive over the last few weeks. We have many more great pieces of furniture and homewares which are available to buy in our monthly pop up vintage shops.

We run them from our base here in New Galloway, South West Scotland and hope to add more furniture items to our Etsy store soon. Don’t forget we are also happy to open by appointment in between our pop ups, so if you are local or in the area please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We hope this has inspired you to look at your old pieces of furniture differently and perhaps have a go at painting or upcycling yourself. As ever we love to hear from you so please leave any comments below.

As car boot season is now in full swing, I will be sharing our top tips for grabbing a bargain in our next blog post in a couple of weeks. See you then!

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A Look Back at May…..

It’s been a little while since our last post, May has been a busy and exciting month so I just wanted to share some of our adventures.

We started the month travelling over to North Berwick and taking some time out after the excitement of our first pop up shop for 2017, which was back in mid April. It’s one of our favourite places and we try to head over at least once a year since we’ve had our little one. We get to combine beach fun, sourcing for vintage homewares, rest, relaxation and family time.

Once back, we set about getting ready for the May pop up shop, which we have just finished hosting this weekend.

I had some great projects to work on and have been delighted with the response from our lovely customers and the pieces which have indeed just sold.

These retro drawers were sanded right back, primed and painted and were snapped up early on…..

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I am also blown away by the projects that some of our customers have been inspired to take on themselves. Having seen what we have done to renovate and re-purpose unloved furniture they have been digging out old pieces to have a go at painting and sprucing up.

In addition throughout the month we have had family and friends to stay, the odd night out and lots of early mornings now that car boot season is also in full swing.

So today I am having a restful day to catch up on blogs, paperwork not to mention trying to get our chaotic house back in order and ready for the week ahead.

Here’s a snapshot of our month of May….

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And more from our recent pop up shop…..

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We will of course be back on 24th June with our next pop up vintage homewares shop which is right here in sunny (sometimes!?) New Galloway.

It is an exciting time in the village right now with many community projects coming together such as a community grocery shop with additional facilities, New Galloway in bloom – check out all the pots and flowers that are springing up – not to mention all of the usual attractions, so why not pay us a visit.

I will also try to share some of our upcycling projects with you here over the next few weeks, we have been trying our hand at bespoke lighting, decorative handmade pieces using reclaimed wood as well as decoupage and much more!

Don’t forget you can also buy online, all year round, via our Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/backroomvintagestore and keep up to date with our new products and goings on via our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

As ever, we love to here from you so please leave any comments below! Thank you and see you next time.

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Pop Up Shop Season…

We are super excited that it’s the first pop up shop of 2017 this Saturday, 15th April. We have been sourcing and buying lots of great vintage homewares and working on a few furniture transformation projects which we are pulling together this week.

Setting up the shop space and styling all the vintage pieces is one of things I enjoy most and there is a stand out piece that I have been working on and want to share with you now.

I promised some before and after shots of some of our recent purchases to show how you can transform old unloved pieces of furniture into a stylish statement for the home, so here goes….

Do you remember this old bureau……

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Well it is now an absolute favourite of mine!

After a good sanding, lots of primer, paint and even some decoupage and distressing I hope you agree it looks like a completely different piece of furniture.

This handpainted, unique bureau will be available to buy this weekend alongside other great vintage finds.

You will find our pop up vintage shop at Woodbank, High St, New Galloway and we will be open 10 -4. If you can’t make this one don’t worry we have 7 more planned for this year so you can catch us in May, later in the year or check out our Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/backroomvintagestore

Have you had a go at upcycling or transforming a piece of furniture that had seen better days? If so or you have any comments on our bureau please comment below…

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March into Spring…

Pinch, punch it’s the first of the month!

Looking back over the last few weeks, we have been busy as ever working on a few different projects. We have been adding lots more great vintage products to the store and also celebrating a couple of birthdays. Yes I am now officially late thirties and have an ever increasing number of grey hairs to prove it!

We also managed to squeeze in a trip to see family which we combined with checking out the Vintage Village in Stockport which I had heard lots about.

It is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Held monthly it is an indoor vintage market with a wide selection of vintage traders both professional and hobbyists. You will receive a warm welcome and be encouraged to barter. The next one is the 12th March, find out more on their website http://www.thevintagevillage.co.uk 

Each one is themed and Mr BV was more than a little apprehensive when he discovered the one for February was “Be My Valentine”. Luckily for him it was low key on hearts and kisses but big on great vintage furniture and homewares. Also if vintage fashion is your thing there were lots of traders specialising in clothing.

There was a really good vibe, lots of great finds and it has the added benefit of being near a few independent vintage stores, which we obviously had to have a good rummage in as well.

Here is a picture of a few of the treasures we came back with after that weekend….

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On another note, whilst we were away I had to remind myself what our vision and philosophy is all about and what it is we are trying to achieve.

This stemmed from a different visit we made, which will remain anonymous, where the repetition of poor quality vintage pieces and the way they had been put together left me cold. I wandered around and became increasingly disheartened at the representation of these vintage homewares. This is just my opinion, however it zapped all the joy out of it for me and took a couple of days to shake off the feeling that maybe we are no better. 

Just to recap here at Backroom Vintage we love interiors and the idea that mixing old and new creates a unique and personal space. We aim to show that you can have a comfortable and stylish home with vintage pieces rather than the mass produced.

I needn’t have worried as fast forward a couple of days and back at home in sunny Scotland I received a welcome endorsement from a well known chef, who appreciated our retro kitchenalia for food styling. Then an enquiry, which turned into a purchase, from a highly regarded interior design consultancy who were representing an international client made me quickly realise that we were staying true to our original concept and not falling victim to what I had stumbled across that day.

With renewed vigour we are now ready to march into Spring and get everything prepared for our first pop up shop of 2017 which will be on Saturday April 15th 10am to 4pm…..we hope to see you there!

More information on our pop up shop dates can be found on this link Click here

As usual we would love to hear from you, please leave your comments below. Maybe you have been to the Vintage Village, leave your feedback and any tips for snapping up a bargain below.