Today’s post is a guest post by Rachel Jones of Vintage Actually, an on-line shop which specialises in vintage, retro and recycled furniture and homeware.

Rachel says “I took voluntary redundancy earlier in the year to allow me to set up Vintage Actually, as I wanted to do something that reflected my training (BA in Conservation & Restoration) and my love of vintage furniture.”

Red Stool Crochet

Red Stool Crochet seat

This love of vintage furniture began a few years ago when I decided to purge my house of modern flatpack furniture and started to buy pieces from junk shops, ebay and car boot sales to repair, restore and recycle.  I wanted to move away from the disposable nature that a lot of mass-produced furniture has and use well-made pieces that could be individualised.  However, this approach takes vision, time and work, but it is so worth it and extremely satisfying when an item is finished and ready for its new lease of life.

Small Parker Knoll

Parker Knoll Chair




At Vintage Actually furniture is restored or re-painted, re-upholstered (I have trained in and continue to attend traditional upholstery classes) and made unique.  Amongst my favourite re-vamped pieces are these crochet topped stool, vintage Parker Knoll chair and 1960s’ side table.


The best thing about re-using furniture from the past is that it is made to last, it is usually solid, good quality and has character, the odd knock, scuff and scratch is nothing to worry about, it is after all, part of that items history.


1960's Table

1960’s Table