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French Primitives

Posted on January 15, 2012 - 0 Comments

Categories: New Arrivals, Around The Shop, Work Table, French Finds, Industrial Cart, Primitive Furniture, Urban Rustic, Urban Primitive, Seating

Our last container from France brought in an abundance of antiques from all walks of life.  From the rustic to the refined, Vicky chose an eclectic blend of "something for everyone." FRENCH PRIMITIVES is our featured post this week. space space It doesn't get more primitive than this.  An authentic, LARGE feed trough.  All hand hewn wood and very, very unique, this trough is actually multi-functional.  One customer used it as a sideboard.  During the holidays she filled the trough with greenery and pinecones and topped it with a piece of glass.  You could line it with zinc, fill it with ice and use as a beverage station.  Great on the porch or lanai.  Great as a planter.  In short, it's just pretty great! space space How about some wagon wheels.  As you can see we have all shapes and sizes.  Some are wood, some are iron.  Some are painted, some are natural.  We have them suspended in our window and nestled in our trough.  Wonderful for architectural interest on walls, windows, or even turned into small tables. space space Speaking of tables, this beauty combines casual with elegant.  The table and matching chairs have a simple, solid design accented with a dry-brush paint application on table legs and chair frame.  Belgian linen in a deep, rich grey was used to cover the back and seat.  A natural wood top creates a nice contrast and completes the look. space space Another example of casual elegance.  Beautiful antique French chairs are covered in a muted taupe linen.  We sanded the arms and legs just enough to give it that "exposed wood" look.  The animal hide stool adds some interest and fun and the antique barrel "vase" continues the theme of rustically refined. space space More animal print?  Absolutely.  This antique arm chair combines primitive with POW!  Vicky selected a gorgeous animal print to cover the arms and seat.  The original leather back has aged to a soft, worn patina.  Incredibly compatible with many decors, this one needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate. space space A study in simple beauty.  This rustic workbench is a rare find.  Handmade with original vises, peg holes and tool tray, these benches are now being used as buffets, media centers, bars and kitchen islands.  We've used ours as a display piece and topped it with an exquisite antique French cross, large handmade twig basket and vintage wood bottle carrier.  If you're looking for primitive, it doesn't get any more authentic than this. As always, this is just a small sample of the vast selection we have in our shop and warehouse.  You can view more items on our PURCHASE NOW page or simply stop by and browse through our store.  We'd be happy to help you make your house your home.

Vicky's Top Three Picks of the Month

Posted on July 11, 2011 - 0 Comments

Categories: Around The Shop, Uncategorized, Primitive Furniture, Urban Rustic, Urban Primitive, Antique Screen, Chest, Italian Wedding Cart

When you work at Victoria's Antique Warehouse you get the unique opportunity to be surrounded by some of the most interesting and beautiful antiques from France, Belgium and the states.  There isn't a week that goes by that one of our staff doesn't point out an item and comment on it's history and originality.  For that reason, we decided a monthly Top Three List would be an interesting and helpful post for our readers.  By highlighting selected merchandise each month, we can give you a more personal and focused view of what we have and why we like it. This month it's Vicky's Top Three Picks: space 1. Italian Wedding Cart space space This is actually the axle housing of an antique Italian wedding cart.  The center ironwork is hand-crafted in a delicate scrolled design.  The solid wood frame still retains its original paint.  It is a substantial piece and could be used for a variety of architectural accents. Vicky thought it would be stunning as a light fixture over a dining room table.  Wiring for electricity would be no problem and with the incredible selection of lights we have available today, you could become very creative illuminating it. We also thought it would make a great pot rack in a kitchen. Maybe over a kitchen island.  How spectacular would that be? Or a plant rack for your flowers and greenery. Or just simply hanging over a door or entryway would look fantastic. space 2.  Antique Screens space pace These lovelies are very old and in remarkably good shape. space space Depicting an English hunting scene, this screen is part of a matched pair.  Both are two-paneled in a beautiful pastoral tapestry.  The size and proportions of the screens create instant impact while still being versatile enough to fit into almost any room. space space French, old and gorgeous.  It actually has four connecting panels (we just folded one in to fit the space).  Done in a lovely silk botanical with beautiful hardware accents.  This is a perfect example of the ubiquitous dressing screen found in so many Victorian boudoirs.  We opted for a different take on an old theme and positioned it behind a bookcase.  It creates an interesting backdrop to the furniture and allows both pieces to stand out. space 3. Five Board Chest space space The epitome of primitive.  Handmade, rustic and dating back to the 1800's, we believe this piece originated in Pennsylvania.  Look at the hinges on top.  It just doesn't get any better than that.  And the paint color.  It's original and is actually milk paint.  That was a technique very popular in primitive and folk art. The interior is divided into compartments of various sizes.  Possibly for grain or seeds. To get a piece like this unaltered and in good condition is a rare find.  We love it for it's simplicity.  We love it for it's beauty.  We love it for it's functionality.  We just love it and we think you will too. Needless to say, there are many, many more candidates that qualify. The good news is that our monthly “top picks” will allow us to continually present a few more of our favorite finds for your consideration. If you'd like to know more about our featured pieces, stop by or call:

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Our Urban Primitive Collection Is In!

Posted on June 15, 2011 - 0 Comments

Categories: New Arrivals, Around The Shop, Coffee Table, Farmhouse Table, Entertainment Center, Industrial Cart, Primitive Furniture, Urban Rustic, Urban Industrial, Urban Primitive

space We just got a new shipment of old pieces which we like to call our "Urban Primitive Collection." They arrived last week and already several have sold. They're enormously popular, unique and super versatile. Here's a sampling of what we have: space

Look at these carts! What beautiful lines. What a great synthesis of primitive and modern. We have a variety of sizes and styles. They are multi-functional and work so well in so many decors.


This one makes a great buffet …


 … Or it could be an entertainment center.


The smaller ones make great kitchen islands or mini bars.


Looking for a fantastic coffee table? Here it is. These beauties are turned upside-down but it gives you a good view of the incredible wheels each one has. They were originally used as luggage carts in train stations. Others were used in garment factories to transport textiles. They come in a variety of sizes and truly sell almost as soon as we get them in.


This farmhouse table is "to die for." A classic blend of primitive, rustic and industrial.  The pine top is made from old barnwood. The base is solid forged steel.  It is a standout piece and definitely one-of-a-kind.

Come by and check out our large, eclectic inventory.  We'll be happy to help you mix and match some of these wonderful pieces to suit your home decor.

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