The Hall Stand

I like to pick up bits and pieces from boot sales like chairs and small items of furniture.  My husband on the other hand often has bigger ambitions.  Some months back he casually announced he had won an old hall stand on Ebay !  “Its lovely” he exclaimed.  “might need a bit of work” he added.  He also only bids on items that require local collection, his thinking is not so many people will bid if it is not in their location.  He does have a point, he won the hall stand for £10.50.  As he was working it was left to me to collect it, it’s OK the seller assured me its in several pieces and will easily fit in your car !  He wasn’t wrong !

Here are some photos he remembered to take before he set to work repairing the stand.  We think it’s either Edwardian or Victorian.  Its certainly old and was in a really sorry state having been in storage or a garage for many years.

In this picture you can see the mirror in the centre panel was still in relatively good condition, just some age spots which I think add to its beauty.  All the original hooks were the first thing he removed and put to one side to bring back to life later.

This is the base which also has a tray which fits in the bottom for umbrellas.  Hubby removed the wooden storage box as there was a lot of damage, this has now been fixed and is waiting for him to paint.  The wood was cracked and as you can see from the photo the arm on the left as you look at the photo was missing and broken (the seller did provide this piece, just wasn’t attached).

The broken pieces of the left arm

more damage.  Trying to educate hubby to take lots of pics from good angles before he starts renovating.  Think he is getting better, at least he remembers now.  Look at the dirt and yuckyness at the bottom of this piece.

It really never ceases to amaze me how talented my husband is.  I am thrilled to bits with the end result.  We had planned to sell this piece but, well its staying put now.  Think it suits our entrance hall beautifully.



  1. thingsandstuff
    April 26, 2012 / 10:00 am

    It's beautiful!! What a clever husband you have 🙂 x

  2. Karen Jones
    April 26, 2012 / 10:02 am

    Thank you lovely. He is a bit special xx

  3. Romanianmum
    April 26, 2012 / 12:05 pm

    Wow Karen! it looks so nice! Simple things always make it!

    • Karen Jones
      April 26, 2012 / 1:06 pm

      Thank you. I agree, keep it clean and simple. No fuss, makes items "pop" xx

  4. SusanKMann
    April 26, 2012 / 1:00 pm

    This is gorgeous. Can I borrow your hubby for a few weeks 😉 x

    • Karen Jones
      April 26, 2012 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you lovely, of course you can. I am bringing him with me to Cyber so I will give him to you then. Must return him though xxx

  5. missielizzie
    April 26, 2012 / 1:49 pm

    Very lovely. I really miss not having a decent size hall. We had to get rid of our stand when we moved.

    • Karen Jones
      April 26, 2012 / 2:44 pm

      must admit it sold the house to me as I walked through the door, could imagine all the pairs of muddy boots and wet coats not being dragged into the house xx

  6. notSupermum
    April 26, 2012 / 2:29 pm

    Wow, that's lovely! *applauds*

    • Karen Jones
      April 26, 2012 / 2:44 pm

      Why thank you *takes a bow* xxx

  7. (Mostly) Yummy Mummy
    April 26, 2012 / 4:12 pm

    Oh Karen it is absolutely beautiful! Love love LOVE!

    • Karen Jones
      April 26, 2012 / 4:21 pm

      Thank you Mrs, he is a pretty clever boy with his putting together skills xx

  8. Feisty Tapas
    April 26, 2012 / 4:21 pm

    I love it but most of all I love what you have done with it! There was a similar one in an old country house that my grandma had (actually it probably is still there since the house has been left untouched for family holidays)

    • Karen Jones
      April 26, 2012 / 4:45 pm

      oh wow! What I would give for a nose aaround your Grandma's house : ) xx

  9. Midlife Singlemum
    April 26, 2012 / 6:02 pm

    OMG, that must be one of the most beautiful makeovers I've seen. It was so ugly before and so desirable now. Well done!

    • Karen Jones
      April 26, 2012 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you, maybe we should sell it : ) xx

  10. yummystepmummy
    April 26, 2012 / 6:57 pm

    Wow that's amazing! Where did you get the hanging tea lights? I love those too! x

    • Karen Jones
      April 26, 2012 / 7:08 pm

      thank you. The tea lights are part of a job lot I bought from TK Maxx last year, they were selling them off in the sale. I grabbed the lot including beautiful glass christmas decorations. All by Sia who have now sadly gone into liquidation. They are truly beautiful.

  11. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    April 28, 2012 / 10:04 am

    I always wonder what the people who sell pieces like this would say if they got to see them all restored and looking amazing. Bet they'd be green!

    • Karen Jones
      April 28, 2012 / 4:59 pm

      We buy quite a few pieces from this chap. Might have to take him a photo along next time xxx

    • Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
      April 30, 2012 / 12:42 pm

      Ooh tempting, but perhaps best not, he might start doing them up himself!

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