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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Another Treasure From England

Hello my dear friends,

today I would just like to share another one of my personal treasures with you. Whilst I was living in the UK I had the chance of coming across some amazing antiques which one of them I have already shared with you a while back ~ my Victorian infant school locker cupboard. (big description!) ...

Today I would like to share another one of my treasures with you. I love this piece of furniture. I bought it, or I should say I 'won' it on eBay just before we returned back to Canada. It was my present to myself to bring back home with me. You have no idea how worried I was that I wasn't going to win the bidding on it!! And when I did ~ I was over the moon.

And this is it ~ my beautiful treasure from England ...

... my Victorian bank of drawers!

It is from around 1880 and it is big ~ over 5 1/2 feet long and just over 4 feet tall. It weighs a ton ~ really it is so heavy and it has ... 45 drawers!!

When I bought it, it was standing in a steel factory in Sheffield, England and it was really messed up. Covered in grease and oil and it had no back. It was embedded with thousands of metal splinters and somebody had cut two pieces out of the top of it for fit some where  ~ I had my work made out for me! I stripped it by hand with almost no sanding at all. I gave it a new back and fix the top and it took me over 3 months to get it to look like it does now and I did it all in our garden shed in the UK ~ every day a little bit and it was so worth it, don't you think?

Now it stands in my living room and every time I look at it and I have had this for almost 8 years now, I still smile because I can't believe it's mine! This is a piece of antique furniture I used to dream of owning - a beautiful piece of history like this and now I do. I alway wonder where it used to stand when it was made, what was it used for? Unfortunatly I don't have any answers.

It is lovely to have treasures in your life. It doesn't have to be anything big like my cupboard it could be the smallest thing like a little drawing or note from you son or daughter or maybe a stone they found and gave you or something simple as a memory ~ no matter what it is be thankful for it, love it and cherish it.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Très beau travail ! Il est magnifique ! Bonne journée

  2. it is lovely. Congratulations
    M. Santos

  3. It truly is a piece of art. You did a wonderful job restoring it. I would love to find one of these too! Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. What a stunning piece of furniture, all your hard work restoring it really paid off. I would love love love to own a piece like that. Wouldn't take me long to fill all those drawers, lol. I think I am a teeny weeny bit envious. Sigh.

  5. Oh! be still my beating heart.. what a magnificent piece. You did a brilliant job bringing it back to life. I too would have a great time filling those drawers.

  6. it is definetly a win!! and you got it. Your blog is lovely..pines everywhere!!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    Happy Sunday!

  7. I lived in England during the mid-1970s and was only a teenager. I was not old enough to purchase such a treasure but I admired them for three years. You are a very lucky person to have such a great piece.

  8. Indeed, you have restored this beautiful piece so well...congratulations, I It makes me happy just knowing you have it and love it so well...Dx