Antique Archives - Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

Antique

Auctions– because you can never have too many giant, antique, fancy pieces of junk.

After The Kingdom Mirror went viral, Paul said things like – are you going to leave me for some guy who loves antiques that you meet on the internet?

I said – of course not. Unless he loves cats. Then, maybe.

This was because I’d gotten some emails in the vein of: you are an amazing, glorious, goddess of perfection and giant fancy things, whom I worship and would acquire mirrors for all day long.

And I sort of thought– gosh. Wow. I DO love Paul… but maybe I would love someone else even more? Someone who WANTS to do mirror-retrieval? I mean, for all I know Jon Hamm really likes antiques. And cats.

So I started to wonder – have I inadvertently limited my life’s work by tethering myself to Paul? By choosing someone who is capable of mirror-retrieval, but not enthusiastic for it?

Have I made a terrible mistake?

At some point I started collecting giant, fancy antique mirrors – mantel mirrors, pier mirrors… doesn’t matter as long as they are ornate (and cheap!) See my latest auction-treasure!

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

Putting the bed together.

If you missed: bed part 1,2,3

After we hauled the headboard up to the roof and through the window, we got to work on a base for the mattress… Our mattress is one of those tempurpedic memory foam things, and they are supposed to sit on a solid platform, not a traditional box spring.

You can buy a platform to match the mattress, but it’s essentially plywood covered with fabric, so we just made our own.  (Aside from being less expensive, our old house’s stairwell was even tighter than this one; assembling the platform in the bedroom was the only way to get it upstairs.) So we already had the components to build/retrofit a frame that would accommodate the bed.

On a side note, if you have an old house/narrow stairwell, the memory foam mattresses are far easier to get upstairs. They are flexible and sort of smushy… Which is going to come in handy here shortly.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

A video where we haul the bed up to the second-floor roof and shove it in the bedroom window.

In case you missed: bed part 1, bed part 2

The headboard alone was enough to sell me on this bed. If there had been nothing but the the fancy bit at the top glued to a cardboard refrigerator box, I would have liked it just as much.

Also, I hate footboards like I hate turtlenecks– a lot. So to find an antique bed designed with no footboard at all, and a fancy headboard nearly 7 feet tall, and will accommodate our queen-size mattress… (sort of.) I knew this was the bed I had been waiting for.

Besides, if at some point it turns out I was wrong and I do find a king-size bed? That will be EVEN BETTER. Because I will stack this bed on top of it and make bunkbeds of awesomeness.

**MUST read – hysterical** My latest Craigslist find was too large to fit up our old-house stairwell, so my husband built a RAMP TO THE ROOF!

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.