First up is this lovely bench for the hall. As you saw from the before house tour, we have a very long and open hall in the house that is just begging for an antique bench. I've wanted one ever since we bought the house, but we just never seemed to find the right one...until now.
I really like how it folds up.
We can't seem to figure out what this bench was used for...school? train station? auditorium? It does have a series of numbers on the back for numbered seating. Any ideas?
Some of my fondest memories growing up were sitting on the front porch with Nan, rocking back and forth in her old glider. I had always hoped one day to own hers, but she gave it away without consulting any of the family (she's bad to do that). I was determined to have my own, and have come across them from time to time in various antique stores. Usually they are in pretty awful condition and massively overpriced, so I just had to walk away. I was THRILLED when I saw these two gliders at Scott, both of them for a very reasonable price:
I love the bright, vibrant colors.
Just looking at them makes me feel more happy and relaxed. One of the things that we badly need furniture-wise is some small side/end tables. When we saw this vintage enamel one we knew we had to have it:
I'm not entirely sure I like the weird fleshy/beige base color, but a quick go over with some Rustoleum will fix that.
How can you resist something that comes with an instruction manual that tells you to burn it after reading? Where the heck was this thing used? CIA? FBI? MI6?
Over the course of the summer, we've been looking for an antique fireplace mantle to use in the new living room. This one is a bit fancier (and more expensive) than the ones in the rest of the house, but I figured that the living room is the most public area of the house, and that's where you want to show off a bit.
Ignore the lovely little table in front of it....alas it is not ours.
Close up view of the top. What would you use those pedestals for...candles maybe?
And last, but certainly not least, we found this very cool dry sink for the guest bathroom:
We plan to put a galvanized tin counter top on it, plumb it, add a vessel sink and a fixture that looks like an old pump to give a neat rustic vibe to the guest bath (but I'll post more on that later).
So that's it for this week folks. In construction news, we passed our plumbing/electrical inspection and are moving on to insulation and dry wall next week. More exciting design and construction posts coming in the near future!