The props list for the new store has been something of a mission. At first, inspired by many a blog image, we drew up a wish list. There were many wishes on it, not all of them entirely realistic.
Plan B, and ultimately much more fun, a wish list which forced us to be more creative.
One of my 'wishes' was for an old door, which I could use as a table, with some of our beautiful wallpapers tucked into the panels, as in this lovely image.
I have always been a fan of old doors used as tables. The chippier (to use a Melissa-ism which I love) the better. I have a lovely, particularly chippy version at the beach house, and I thought I still had another gorgeous old door which I had used in Small Acorns version 2. (This new store will be Small Acorns version 5!) Both came from the dump, had lived a long and character-inducing life, and found the perfect retirement post, as tables on trestle legs in their new homes.
However, despite insisting that I would never have parted with my red chippy door, it appears that at some stage, like an idiot, I must have.
So, the hunt was on for another perfectly imperfect door.
Leading contenders were here at home. The bathroom door was a strong possibility. If only I didn't need it for another six months. The shed door was another that showed the right amount of character. Dealing with the spiders that call it home was a little off-putting however. The kitchen cupboard door that fell off voluntarily last week was obviously keen, but a little small and has no character whatsoever.
I tried the obvious - a building recycling depot. None were quite the same, but several were in the running.
Until I dropped Brunnel off at work last week, and there around the corner, awaiting the rubbish collection, was a perfectly imperfect door, discarded and unloved by someone else, and just waiting for me to come along. Brunnel was obviously thrilled when I insisted that he help me carry it inside. The two of us staggered down the road with our prize. (It is quite a heavy door!) And we were kind of hoping no-one would see us!
But I just know it's going to look perfect after a little clean, beautiful wallpaper in the panels, and a glass top.
(image Designers Guild)