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The head board to our bed

A picture of the headboard to an antique bed that we bought last year.

wood detail of our bed

A close up of the detail on the headboard. Unfortunately, we are unable to use the bed at the moment. We can’t find a mattress to fit it without special ordering one due to the measurements (I think it is 110×190). Not an option for the moment since it is too expensive for us.

wood

More detail on the bed.

me playing with camera and then photo imaging

I was playing around with a shot I took of the armoire. It is a piture of one of the flowers that was handcarved into our antique armoire. I have no idea how old the armoire is. The man we bought it from thought it was made around the 1950’s. Who knows? No matter. It’s just beautiful.

Door key on our old armoire

One of the doors to the armoire.

Our antique armoire

The top half of the armoire is shown here. The handcarved flowers are in the top middle above the mirror. We have started restoration of it but one corner was damaged by water and is now warped. I have no clue how to fix it. When we have more money we will make sure to do it right. As it sat the first day in our bedroom ( which we don’t use as a bedroom-there is no mattress on the bed), I marveled at the workmanship of this armoire. There are no fixtures holding it together. The armoire fits together in such a way that it won’t fall apart. No nails or screws are used to keep it standing. So, you can see why it makes me a little nervous to use it until we get the corner fixed.

Why in the world did we buy these pieces of furniture if we couldn’t use them? Good question. We didn’t realize that the bed required a mattress in a size no longer readily available and were not aware of the damage to the armoire when we looked at it the first time. Maybe, we just set it up wrong. That is not out of the question since the top was so heavy and hard to fit on the body of the armoire holding it all in place.

Are we happy we bought these pieces of furniture? Yes, I have fallen in love with them. I adore antiques.

We paid 500 Euro for the armoire, bed,  chester drawers, and two mirrors that match. Delivery was included in the price as well. I have no idea if that was a good price in France but in America it is was steal.

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  • Shannon March 26, 2006, 2:01 pm

    Hi!

    I clicked on a comment you made on Cory’s website, and here I am.

    I love your blog so far. I’ve read several entries over my coffee and I’m really enjoying your blog.

    I have three very young kids and I can relate to what you’ve written on many levels (minus the Frenchness).

    I guess you’ll have another regular now :)

  • Wendy March 26, 2006, 4:35 pm

    I bought a beautiful armoire last year from a depot vente….and then when I got it home I realised why it was so cheap (90 euros)…it stank to high heaven of old old wood and is totally unusable. It’s in pieces in the Ex’s garage and this summer I want to treat the wood and hopefully get rid of the smell. It is HUGE and also has lovely features. I also bought my kitchen table from another depot vente and it is really pretty – old and shabby – and does need to be renovated – and I plan to do it..but that too was a bargain at 34 euros..it is solid teak and real quality. I also want to buy an antique bed for myself when I have the money – I love old things too and hate all this cheap Conforama stuff.

  • Alison March 26, 2006, 5:14 pm

    500 euros for all that? Pretty good, I’d say.

    I agree with Wendy — I hate the cheap Confo stuff. Unfortunately, it is often a necessary evil (unless you have an IKEA nearby).

  • buzzgirl March 26, 2006, 8:37 pm

    Sounds like a bargain to me. They’re really nice pieces.

    I am looking forward to my trip. I’m actually flying to Paris alone on April 6th, and will be there by myself for a week before I go to Normandy to meet my daughter (she leaves on March 29.)

    I’m more nervous about her trip than anything else. She’s travelled a lot, including to Europe a couple of times before, and she flies alone to my mom’s in Seatlle every summer, but that’s a less than two hour flight!

    One day I hope to make it to Strasbourg. From the photos you’ve posted, it looks gorgeous.

  • Pumpkin March 27, 2006, 7:06 am

    I love Ikea. Most of our furniture is from there.

    Our armoire had an funny smell at first too. But, now it is fine. If we could just figure out how to fit it properly it would be fine. I think we need my husbands brother to come and help because it is just so heavy. I am looking forward to moving with it. The chester drawers have a marble top…I am embarrassed to say that is where must of my laundry and junk pile is…so, it is not worth trying to take a photo of it now. My husband does use that one for his clothes. The nightstand matchs with a marble top.
    Our next buy is a tv stand because we still have it sitting on the floor. :)
    It was really hard to leave all my furniture in America and start over again.

  • Tongue in Cheek March 27, 2006, 4:23 pm

    Very good deal: Fair price! Finding a mattress that size will have to be special ordered. And besides 110 is smaller than a full size. You might want to use the head board behind your existing bed? You can attach it to the wall with special hinges. The other thing will be sheets, maybe try using a flat sheet on the bottom, when the times comes.
    I think your two pieces could be 1930s there of…Can I see the feet?

  • Pumpkin March 28, 2006, 7:00 am

    Thank you Corey. I knew you’d be the one to know more about these pieces of furniture. Pictures are coming! :)

  • audramal March 29, 2006, 12:43 am

    how do you make the flower look so werd?

    I love you and miss you,
    Audramal

  • Pumpkin Pie March 29, 2006, 9:28 am

    Hi, Baby!!!

    I played with it using a photo software…using hot and cold temps, I think. I will show you how this summer in TWO MONTHS!!!!!!!!!

    I love and miss you very, very much.
    You are my Angel Girl.
    love,
    Mama

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