With lots of students moving in and out and house refurbishments, Oxford is a great place to find furniture on the street. And with programme’s like Kirstie Allsopp’s ‘Fill Your House For Free’ it’s becoming very easy to find out and see what you can do with these pieces.
I recently wrote a blog about some pieces I found in Oxford and upcycled. It was my first attempt but I was pretty pleased with the results. So, I was very happy to find a new piece this week, just waiting for a bit of TLC and a home.
It’s a late 60s/early 70s piece and I was amused to see that one of my Facebook friends who I used to work with, said her mum bought the same piece from a department store in Liverpool in 1969!
It took me about two hours to clean it – it was filthy but I just thought it was fab so didn’t mind. As I pulled the drawers out I noticed a label for ‘Schreiber’ and with a little internet searching I came across retrowow.co.uk – a great place for the history of vintage pieces.
It said that Chaim Schreiber came to England after escaping Nazi persecution and began making furniture in the late 50s. By the 70s, he was one of the biggest furniture makers in the game. It said that one of his key traits were rounded drawers at the back, so the curve made it easier to slide in – when I took the drawers out, this was one of things I thought was unusual about the piece. The Schreiber name has stood the test of time and you can now buy pieces from the usual outlets such as Argos and Homebase.
I would love to hear your advice on what I can do with this piece, there are quite a few marks (see below) and the pull out panel is a bit wobbly. It’s kept upright with a magnetic strip but I think with age it’s gone a bit dodgy! It’s amazing what you can find if you keep your eyes peeled and please send tips my way.