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yay retro! loving Vintage 11 Revamped Furniture

Recently during a vintage online browsing session yay retro! found some wonderful up-cycled mid-century furniture for sale. Created by Karen of Vintage 11 we just love the understated nature of these sensitively renovated sideboards and chest of drawers, which were originally manufactured in the 1950s, 60s and 70s by Scandinavian designers and companies such as G Plan & Ercol.

Karen tells me that she works in her studio behind her home, and says:

"I love to add geometric design at the moment, as it fits so well with the mid century pieces that I favour. To achieve this design, I mask the area off with frog tape, and repeat the process when each area is dry until I have achieved the desired look."  

We adore the colour schemes she uses which perhaps reflect her location - a stone's throw from the coast in North Shields. The pastel greys, yellows, charcoals and rich blues are just delightful.

Marvellous painted designs on Vintage 11 furniture....

Vintage 11 is Karen's full time job after she left teaching in 2015. Having always been creative, that summer she started to renovate a pine table and chairs set, working on it in the evenings and at weekends. To her surprise, upon completion it sold immediately - Vintage 11 was born! We asked how she comes up with her ideas:

"I will buy a piece of furniture that I love the shape and design of, and start working on it with a loose idea of a design. I usually change my plan as I'm working as I'm always full of ideas! I just love trying something new, yet always keep in mind that it has to ultimately be something that somebody would like to have in their home. Sometimes I see a colour combination that I like and think it would look fantastic on furniture, though I might have to wait until the right piece comes along to try it."

Not everything needs painting...these stunning pieces were polished and left as they were...

Karen loves mid century design and so concentrates on this era of furniture. If a piece is in need of some love, then they are perfect for her as she wants to improve pieces and give them a new lease of life. However, she knows that some items don't need painting, and those are left as they are and sold alongside her painted pieces in her Etsy shop. The great news is that Karen is happy to work with clients to develop bespoke, one off pieces and can ship throughout the UK, and local people can collect.

Karen enjoyed browsing the yay retro! online vintage shop and selected several pieces of vintage china as her top picks. These include the Midwinter Eden serving plate because of it's fabulous pattern and the Figgjo Flint Daisy dishes as she adores Scandinavian design. Karen says she would love a vintage tea set, but she's banned from buying anymore vintage wares (shame!) She has a Hornsea Pottery tea caddy that was her Grandmas, and she bought the coffee and sugar caddy's to match. 

In her home she has two vintage sideboards; one in her living room that belonged to her husbands' Grandpa, and one in her kitchen that she refinished and added a geometric design to in white, graphite and copper - sounds marvellous! Interestingly she also has a science lab table in place of a traditional dining table. Her sons have a fun vintage wardrobe that she refinished with a chalkboard door and different coloured legs. 

Useful Links:
Vintage 11's Etsy Shop for renovated furniture

yay retro!'s online vintage shop for vintage china and tablewares
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