For a while now I've been looking for a standing lamp with a big traditional lampshade. My friend Katie and I would often go furniture shopping together and we'd stumbled across quite a few but they were always really over priced.
Then one day we stumbled across Martlets Furniture Warehouse in Portslade! I never even knew it existed yet it was packed full of amazing pieces including the perfect standing lamp including lampshade!
On a different trip I also found this slipper box for £8. I hated the fabric but as my Stepdad - Richard - is an upholsterer I asked him very nicely if he'd re-cover it for me.
I had this gorgeous Alexander Henry fabric (a piss take of a very well known traditional fabric) which Richard thought was a brilliant idea. Doesn't it look amazing?
Another one of my favourite second hand shops in Brighton is Shabitat on the Lewes Road. Granted, there is a lot of horrible stuff in there but you can also pick up some real gems. I found this wheel backed chair in there for £7.
The tapestry on the seat was lovely but no amount of cleaning would get it to look any nicer so Richard recovered this for me. Knowing how much I change my mind (and tastes) Richard suggested he recover it in calico and secure velcro around the edges so I can make a loose cover. That way if I hate the fabric, I can just make another one!
So now I just need to get on and make a loose cover!
In the picture below of our lounge - most of what you can see is second hand. The pine sideboard was given to us by Tom's Mum and Stepdad (they also gave us a huge pine wardrobe and a chest of drawers that are in our bedroom), the coffee table I picked up a few years ago in a charity shop on the London Road in Brighton and the TV stand I got from a house clearance! In fact there is even an end table (hidden behind the sofa I'm afraid) that I got for £2 from a car boot!
Even our lovely "pimp chairs" we got about fourth hand - as they have done the rounds amongst our friends and we are now the proud owners!
Do you buy second hand furniture? What pieces have you found that you've loved?