Friday, 6 May 2011


 I have always had a passion for anything with a history, ever since I was a little girl my interest in vintage and antique items has always been there.  Looking at things my Granny had tucked away in her house, finding items in the bottom of boxes at car boot sales and searching through my mums loft for something long forgotten was something that I would find such joy from.  And I still do.  There is no better feeling than finding something that has been disregarded as past its best and seeing the potential, whether it be painting a beautiful vintage chest of drawers or cleaning up a dirty old enamel candle holder, they all become part of the family – and I am so happy that this is a trend that seems to be here to stay for a long time.
 Painting and renovating furniture has been a hobby of mine for a very long time, it can change the look of something completely giving it character, a new lease of life and you can create your very own unique piece that only you will have.  Luckily my partner Nathan shares my passion and together we decided to start Old White (possibly as me continually painting furniture at home was wearing a little thin for him…), we started selling the things we were doing online and custom painting items and thins just grew and grew.  I think the days of flat packed furniture are beginning to fade and people want more for their hard earned 
money.  Items that have stood the test of time in quality and style are again becoming desirable, the love of vintage style is everywhere.  From clothing to weddings to your home, it is definitely back in fashion to be old-fashioned.  Speaking as a mother of 3 children, surrogate mother to 4 cats, leading a busy lifestyle the shabby chic look fits us PERFECTLY!  Pastel colours and cheery fabrics make your home a warm, cosy and inviting place were it always feels like Spring, distressed furniture means that you don’t have to worry about the knocks and bangs, an eclectic array of old plates and ornaments means that you can continually add to it without having to start from scratch when you fancy a change. 
 We search high and low to fill our shop with all the things that we love, items with a past and a history.  From sets of beautiful vintage 1930s plates to retro 1950s kichenalia to dining tables made from old Victorian floorboards we have a treasure trove of furniture, homewares and gifts – and if we don’t have it just ask and we will find it for you!  We offer a sourcing service so if you need a particular piece of furniture to fit into a specific space or you are looking for after that quirky piece to finish off your room, pop in or give us a call and we will do the leg work for you.  Our best selling items are our dresser, wardrobes and dining tables, but if you have some furniture at home in need of a bit of love we also offer a painting service – your old furniture custom painted to match your colour scheme for a fraction of the cost of buying it again.  We use the best quality paint in a vast range of colours, we can offer our advice on colour ways or finishes and can also collect and return your items for you.   We have had such a wonderful welcome in Eastleigh, Old White has had an overwhelming response and would like to thank all of our customers new and old for making our passion into the best job in the world!

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