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06 November 2009 @ 11:47 am
antique French furniture on a budget  
Hello, I am new here. I am looking for a nightstand (I currently have a tv tray as a nightstand)! I was inspired by some pictures of Louis XIV's Versailles Palace, but I find that antique French furniture is a bit on the pricey side, hahaha. Reproductions of antique French furniture are also expensive. I decided I'm going to cheat, and make some fake antique French furniture!

Here is an example of a cheat that seems feasible with a bit of paint, gilt, moulding, a saw, some old buttons & pulls, maybe some plywood or putty or wood filler or just whatever:



This is $1300


This is $50

It will never look exactly like the $1300 nightstand but the shape is similar and I think it could be transformed into something very "inspired" by the $1300 piece.

Here is a website with a lot of good pictures of expensive French furniture. It may be good inspiration: The Furniture Market: French Furniture Section

I'm still looking for a similar gilded furniture piece with a black base color, and that's been more difficult to find than the white and ivory pieces. Does someone know of a website with pictures of Versailles or baroque furniture?

Thanks! I will update the community with my progress, should any be made!
 
 
 
oldcoop on November 8th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Love repurposing furniture. Add your own elements to make it truly one of a kind. Baroque pieces have lots of carvings and silver/gold leaf guilt. You can purchase appliques and silver/gold leaf from any craft store. Try craigslists first or your local thrift stores/garage sales. Glue or nail in the trim and accent pieces. Good luck and hoep you will update us on the process? :o)