Vintage Living Room
Repaint, refinish, reupholster!
Some of the best bargains in home shopping are discovered at roadside flea markets and antique fairs. Ex-Torontonians Alistair Green and Lesley Hinder have a London home full of finds that they have repainted, refinished, retiled and reupholstered, for instance. The Spanish Art Deco tub chairs, the focal point of this room, were found in a junk shop and rebuilt and reupholstered with a painterly floral fabric. The Swedish grandfather clock was found at an antiques dealer, as were the coffee table and chandelier. Consider frugal vintage furnishings if you have a keen eye for design, a love of treasure hunting, lots of patience and an interest in makeover projects.
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