Charity Vintage: Formica sideboard

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vintage 1950s/60s Formica sideboard for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation(ends 15 Jan, 2015 20:01:57 GMT)

Vintage, free-standing kitchen furniture & fittings always go down well on our Charity Vintage series so we thought we’d highlight this 1950s/60s Formica sideboard.

It’s a great colour – a lovely soft yellow, however it’s in need of a good clean and spruce up. This is reflective in it’s starting price which is only £39.99.

It measures 940mm high x 1580mm wide x 540mm deep and has oodles of useful storage space and work surface. It’s for sale by a British Heart Foundation* charity shop based in Bradford – which is fairly local to us. Unfortunately we just don’t have the room in our Picture House Antiques pitch at the moment or we’d be interested ourselves!

*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.

Charity Vintage: Formica topped tables

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two vintage Formica topped tables for sale by & in support of Wesley Community Furniture (end 29 Jul, 2014 20:10:04 & 20:14:34 BST)

Looking for a vintage Formica topped table for your kitchen, madam? We have this lovely yellow one you may be interested in – perfect for eating your breakfast at. No? Yellow not your colour scheme? How about this beautiful powder blue example, madam? Have you seen its drop leaf mechanism? A great space-saving option for a compact kitchen!

The pair are for sale as separate lots by Wesley Community Furniture*. The starting bid on each is a very fair £20 but are available by collection only from Manchester.

*Wesley Community Furniture aims to work in partnership with others to provide furniture and other household items at the lowest possible prices to those in greatest need in Manchester, to further relieve poverty by providing jobs, volunteering and training opportunities, and to recycle and re-use as much of the material we receive as possible.

Cupboard love

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detail of vintage contents of renovated 1960s wood & Formica kitchen cabinet
This vintage 1950s kitchen cupboard / kitchenette has been this week’s little renovation project.

vintage 1960s kitchen cabinet prior to renovation detail of 1960s kitchen cabinet prior to renovation

detail of top of 1960s kitchen cabinet prior to renovation

We collected it from a garage over in Wakefield and set about giving it a bit of TLC.

First of all, it got given a good wash inside & out with hot, soapy water. The original red Formica laminate was very faded and mottled, so we repainted it in a lovely vintage spearmint green colour. If you’re uncertain about what colour you want you can buy little tester pots. You can even get colours specially matched at many local DIY shops.

view of fully renovated 1960s wood & Formica kitchen cabinet when empty

We lined the shelves with a chintzy oil cloth that we bought online.

vintage 1960s wood & Formica kitchen fully renovated and stocked with vintage kitchen items and put for sale on the H is for Home pitch at Picture House Antiques in Todmorden

It’s now standing in our Picture House Antiques pitch waiting for someone to come along and give it a new home – in the meantime, it’s great for displaying our kitchenalia shop stock.