For the purists in antique furniture collectors and enthusiasts, although sideboards from the 1970′s may not be considered hugely collectable yet in antiques terms, painting them is rather like returning to the 1960′s and its penchant for painting everything that was fussy and Victorian white. The result of this was the next forty years were spent stripping everything back to the original pine or mahogany and losing all those patinas in the process. Admittedly some of the Victorian pine furniture was already painted, but if left alone, would have taken on that shabby chic that many are so fond of now.
BBC2’s Cracking Antiques, which has a regular slot now on Wednesday evening, has tapped into the pleasures and possibilities of buying antique furniture in preference to buying new reproductions and the programme successfully shows everyone how money can be saved through choosing to buy antique furniture. However, for those who have seen it all before, touching up the antiques of the future by painting them red and green and covering them in pinstripe seems to smack of the 1960′s from whence many present day pieces of furniture still retain bits of white paint that the Nitromors didn’t quite manage to remove. Let us hope that when the seventies sideboard becomes seriously collectible, its often questionable workmanship will withstand the serious dipping and stripping that the pine Victorian dining chairs and other furniture went through.
When looking for furniture such as Victorian pine antique chests in Lancashire and Cumbria, visit local antique shops for selections of stripped and unstripped pine furniture.
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