New Furniture

LYM and I have a bit of a furniture habit. While our compatriots were out buying drinks, going to gigs or updating their wardrobes, we would stray towards the antique shops and charity shops in search of interesting furniture.

Now that I’m trying to get The Hovel back into shape, I was thinking about ways to make a work table. I knew I wanted to stand up to work, and I’ve always quite fancied a plan chest, but I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to find one I could afford.

As luck would have it, when our defenses were down after paying for our kitchen, we decided to soothe our souls with a quick swing by an antiques barn.

chest 1

Amongst the things I want but don’t yet have a demonstrable need for we found this!

chest 4

It’s a bit beat up, but it’s solid wood and it has about 17 shades of institutional paint in different places which makes me very happy.

chest 5

Unfortunately, my favourite shade is going to end up hidden against the wall, but here is photographic proof of its existance.

chest 2

I think I’m going to change the handles and label holders to something a little more interesting and some of the moulding needs replacing or repairing, but I’m really happy with it!

chest 3

I’ll show you it again when it’s all repaired. At the moment it’s living dead in the middle of our bay window as a way to encourage its speedy refurbishment and relocation.


Categories: Tools and Techniques


  1. I’ve always wanted a plan chest, I think they were my favourite thing about our art classrooms at school! Alas, now that I have a teeny tiny studio I have had to say farewell to that particular dream…

    (ps. the frame loom arrived yesterday – thank you! Annoyingly, though, I’m going to have to pack it away immediately as we are *finally* getting our loft conversion and as such everything is going into storage and we’re having to move out for a week or so… ARGH! Still, gives me plenty of time to plan what I’m going to weave on it 🙂 )

  2. It’s lovely! Yep, I’ve always wanted one too. What a great find!

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