I hope this post finds you all well & happy....! I'm 'busy as a blue arsed fly' (Deb love that one's for you!!) at the moment but wouldn't miss an opportunity to link up with the LOVELY Margo from robolady who's turning the spotlight on one of my FAVE decorating styles....Industrial Chic....!!
Why do some of us prefer these 'edgier' looks to the 'softer' side of vintage with the florals & the pastels you might well ask....For me, the simple answer is that I LOATHE housework & am CRUSHED when something 'sweet' gets all mussed up....The BEAUTY of an industrial look is that it takes the hard knocks of a busy lifestyle & the dirt actually looks like it belongs....hahahahaha....Aside from these VERY simple reasons, I also need to consider Mr SVJ's comfort....While the poor bugger doesn't have ANY say in how I decorate OUR home, bein' the 'manly man' that he is, sitting amongst the 'frou frou' is not really his cup of tea....So for me, Industrial Chic is very much a win WIN....!!
Today I thought I'd show you my FAVE industrial furniture pieces as well as a couple of smaller bits....I SO wish I had the BEFORE pics of our dining table....I found it out in the hard rubbish early this year....It was out the front of a scout hall & covered in thick laminex....I later found out from a HR Friend, that he'd picked up TEN others but left mine behind because of the laminate....The others he picked up were bare wood so I'm thinking this one had been used in the hall kitchen....Lucky LUCKY me....!!
When I bought it home Mr SVJ stripped the laminex from the top while I worked on the YUMMY steel post legs giving them a clean & introducing them to my mate 'poly'....The end result was a dark handsome look that I really ADORE....!!
The top was larger so Mr SVJ cut it down a bit because I felt it looked a little clumsy & awkward in our living area....He also rounded the edges before giving it a dark stain....!!
I have a real THANG for these black office chairs....Since these pics were taken I've actually scored two more which I've placed opposite these two moving the green French farm house chairs to the heads of the table.
I really LOVE the dark stain Mr SVJ used on the top....He is the MASTER of stainwork just quietly....I'm the PAINTER in the family but when it comes to staining I'm 'all over the shop'....Unless it's a SMALL piece of course....Pretty hard to stuff up little things....hahahahaha....
My next FAVE piece is this GORGEOUS sideboard....Another HR Friend found this piece outside an old Doctors surgery....Yep....It's an old examination table....I swapped a NEAT piece of junk for this 'cause when I saw it I just KNEW what it needed to be....!!
The top with the pleather covered mattress & head rest were removed & replaced with some wood Mr SVJ glued together that I'd found in the HR another time....! After sanding the base we've left it raw in contrast with the dark stain used on the top....!
The green bottles on top were found at the Market & were originally used in the manufacture of wine....And NO....I didn't drink ALL of it myself...hahahahaha....!
Love love LOVE my vaulting horse....I found this on the way home from the hard rubbish one day in an area that wasn't even having hard rubbish....Gotta love that....!! It's just sitting under the kitchen bench at the moment waiting to have the cover switched over for a COOL piece of cow skin....YEEHAW....We'll also cut a door into the middle of the front which will be suspended with chains for easy access & pop a base in it to house blankets & quilts....One day....!
Now this last piece is just MAGNIFICENT....And HEAVY....It's an old OLD mooring 'doodad' that you'd hitch your boat up to when you docked along side the pier....I simply cleaned it & introduced it to poly....I move it about from time to time when I feel the need to give the 'guns' a work out....hahahahaha....!!
So there you have it....A taste of Industrial Chic at Camp SVJ....Please be sure & pop into everyone's blog via the Linky thing over at Margo's to see some A-W-E-S-O-M-E examples of this FABULOUS family, housework & maintainance friendly style....Margo's ALSO having a WONDERFUL giveaway to coincide with this Linky Party....
So Be there or BE square....!!
Cheers for now,
PS: This is post #90....I'm currently PACING myself for my upcoming giveaway to celebrate my 100th post which I'm hoping to share with the ADORABLE Gina from Vintage Junk In My Trunk who's also about to celebrate her 100th ....!
The remaining updates re my US adventures will appear shortly....!