Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Linen Press







About a year ago I posted about this linen press I had bought. It was in need of a great deal of TLC as someone had partially painted it, some bits were missing and one of the drawers didn't fit. I bought it for a song and knew one day it could look lovely. I intended doing it up myself but I didn't know what to do as, although I love painted furniture, I really wanted to take it back to its original wood. So I sent it to a stripper and restorer and took delivery of it this week. Well, I am thrilled with the result. What do you think?






We have put it in the kitchen but I'm not sure what I will store in it yet. Originally I wanted to put it in a bedroom and use it to store my vintage linens etc. but it seems to fit so well in this alcove in the kitchen so I will probably use it for food, jars etc.



I have an assortment of these stone jars in the kitchen. I love the ones which have makers' names and places on them. These are from Helston (where I used to live in Cornwall) and Chichester (near where I live now)




and one of these is from Bradford where I was born and the large jug is stamped GPO (General Post Office for younger bloggers) from where I used to work many years ago.









12 comments:

  1. The linen press will now give you many more years it's lovely, it's so nice to collect things with some meaning behind them. I think I'm more of a horder :)

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  2. The linen press looks wonderful now and will be just as good for storage in the kitchen. I have lots of stone jars too and they look good next to old waxed pine.
    Hope you are enjoying the lovely weather. Abby x

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  3. It looks absolutely gorgeous and I agree taking it back to it's original wood was a good idea. We have a linen press here in the lounge and it houses the flat screen TV. They are lovely pieces of furniture, love the stone jars too. Enjoy the sunshine.
    Jo xx

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  4. Love your linen press - stripping it was defintely the right thing to do; it looks beautiful and mellow ... just what I could do with in my kitchen!

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  5. yay! it's great!
    so nice when something works so well- and so nice when a project actually gets finished :))
    xx

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  6. Great linen press...keep it in the kitchen...it is too nice to be hidden away in a bedroom!
    Julie x

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  7. What do I think of it? I LOVE IT!

    I hope you have a lovely Easter!

    Lou xxx

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  8. The linen press looks amazing. I'd love that in my kitchen. What a find! x

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  9. Happy Easter Ruth..
    Well that is rather spooky! I had an identical linen press which I owned several years ago..15 or so. I sold it to my ex sister in law and maybe she painted it and sold it to you???
    It does look exactly like the one I had and always regretted selling! You have made a lovely job of restoring it and have given it a good home.
    Michele x
    P.s Re: Chagford is so pretty and the cottage near the graveyard are lovely. I wonder which one you stayed in?

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  10. I can confirm it looks even more wonderful in real life! Come back to blogging please Mumsy!
    xx

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  11. I've just installed iStripper, and now I can watch the best virtual strippers on my taskbar.

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