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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!
ehy2k: good day good timeehy2k on November 6th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Save your money and start trolling the local thrift stores. Copycat French-styled furniture was hot back in the 60's and you sometimes see pieces for really short money. A little paint or distressing, and you could have a wonderful, fun, unique piece of furniture that is yards and miles nicer than anything you'd find in a store. Just be patient! :)
Diary of a Mad Womanschquee on November 6th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice! I did look on craigslist and shopgoodwill.com and eBay, but I should try the little local shops!