Edwardian Era Furniture
Edwardian Furniture. Antique Edwardian furniture is pieces made during King Edward VIIs reign in Britain from 1901 to 1911. This was the era when mass production really began on a large scale with bedroom suites and dining room pieces being the most produced. More emphasis was laid on the durability of the furniture and the designs of the same were kept simple yet elegant.
As the Victorian era drew to a close with the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the short but influential reign of King Edward VII marked the beginning of a new era in English architecture. Style and society In the Edwardian era opened up. The beginning of the 20th century also introduced the widespread use of gas and later electricity in most households. That changed the way interiors were lit.
What was Edwardian furniture made of?
The furniture of the rooms was made of bamboo, wicker, and mahogany. Living rooms were colored in comparatively darker shades than that of the other rooms. The Art Nouveau design was another unique characteristic in the decoration of an Edwardian room. Bolder figures of organic natural elements featured on the wallpapers, colored glass and other decorative fell under this design. Even the curtains of the rooms were made into bright floral designs.
Along with a new ruler, the Edwardian era ushered in new trends in design. While the Victorian era featured heavy, dark furniture, Edwardian furniture shifted to light or pastel colors and floral designs.
Don’t like the old look of your Edwardian Furniture, but want the solid quality of antique?
Here are some tips for up-cycling your Edwardian Furniture to a modern look. I Highly recommend Annie Sloan Chalk paint. Which can be painted straight on to any kind of wood, like, varnished or unvarnished, metals, plastic, or even the dreaded MDF
1. Choose your colors
You will need one principle color and another one underneath. The undercoat will show through on the parts that you sand. There are no rules here, although they should be vaguely complimentary. On our course, everyone tried a different combination, some with a darker color underneath, and they all looked great.
2. Prepare your Furniture
When using chalk paints you don’t need to prime or rub down surfaces first, although you might want to get rid of any old flaky paint for a smooth finish. Be sure to check for woodworm.
3. Painting & Waxing
For the distressed look, you want to apply the dark shape of one of your colors to the corners and edges where scuffing would naturally occur. Remember these parts as our about to cover it all with the second color. wait for 20min, then apply the second coat.
Once dry, apply a coat of soft clear wax with a soft, lint-free cloth, this will seal and protects the paint. Take a piece of medium-grade sandpaper and rub gently on the areas you want to expose, revealing the color underneath. Don’t go overboard here. Less is more, and you can always do more later on.
Apply more clear wax and leave to dry overnight to get a good seal. Then, use a lint-free cloth and buff to give a lovely finish.