How a sideboard in a skip--- changed my career!
This is a story you may find interesting. Before I became involved in the antique restoration business, I worked as a painter and decorator. From the time I started my apprenticeship in 1971 until 1995 this was my sole occupation.
I had recently bought a small cottage in Dublin, which required an unbelievable amount of work to make it habitable. My type of work was very scarce at that time, and money of course was even scarcer.
One day in the summer of 89 I was walking down a side street in Dunlaoghaire in Co Dublin, when I spotted a ''Sideboard'' in a large skip. A builder I happened to know was renovating an old Georgian residence...discarding everything that he considered to be of no value.
To make a long story short, the builder was only too delighted to let me have the sideboard, as this would leave more space in the skip.
The old adage... ''one persons rubbish is another persons treasure''....Well this was my ''treasure'', the builder was glad to be getting rid of his 'rubbish’ and I couldn't wait to get started on my first furniture restoration job.
The restoration project took about five weeks, this included the odd few hours each night and a couple of weekends. Eventually the sideboard was restored.
The restoration of the sideboard was a great success, the amount of compliments I received, encouraged me to set the stage for restoring another piece of furniture.
The next problem was, where would I get an old piece of furniture to restore? All the antique furniture that was for sale in the local newspapers was too expensive for my pocket.
A short time after this I was looking at the ads in the local free newspaper, I spotted an advertisement which said.....''Local auction every week, buy or sell your unwanted furniture.''
At last it came to me, sell the sideboard and with the profit buy a few old pieces in need of restoration....and restore them to their original glory.
I eventually sold the sideboard for 355 punts which would be about 440Euro. I bought three items the next week with the profits and repeated the process all over again.
We moved the business to Carlow eighteen years ago....the best decision we ever made.... Antique furniture restoration is still the main part of the business.
After coming to Carlow we branched out into upholstery, window blinds and “Antiques for sale”
We would like to thank you, the people of Carlow and surrounding areas for their support over the past eighteen years and hope you will continue to support us over the coming years.