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vintage store shop arkvintage.com

Mar 25


Hi we are loading stock onto the site, but its a huge task as we have so much here…. Always worth a visit as some items don’t stay long enough to get listed! Its difficult to explain how big the space here is…. New discoveries arriving every week….

We are launching a new website, still a work in progress but it is now live to view, not fully added to search engines with full SEO so please type www.arkvintage.com in full to view…

Metal double stem flowers back in stock… ¬£199.. got another 3 just arrived. Super vintage look.. big 178cm tall.

Metal flowers, naturally rusted. Double stem. Stunning vintage look. Designer piece.

Just in an original French bench. The picture doesn’t do it justice! Circa 2m long… new stock arriving regularly.. Tony

vintage French painted furniture armoire cupboard unit wardrobe

Feb 03

New Arrival

Beautiful unit from France.. original vintage cabinet, 2 draws below 2 doors behind which there are shelves to the right and original hanging hooks to the left. Very unusual and worthy of the Arks quirky finds label!!! We love it!

The key thing to remember with chalk base paints is that they are forgiving, therefore you don’t need to over think preparation instead just pay attention to the basics-

1 Lightly sand to ensure the new paint has a good surface to “key” on to when it is applied.

2 Make sure that the surfaces are clean and any loose or flakey paint or varnish is removed and sanded.

3. Vacuum off the unit to be painted and then go over it with a damp cloth to make sure any bits are removed and won’t affect the painted finish.

With the above in place you should be well placed to produce good results.

When painting you have two choices with the Frenchic range of paints we stock. One range comes with a wax protection coat included in the paint mix (the Lazy Range) and the other is just chalk paint to which you can paint over a protection coat of sealant or wax seal after painting. Both work equally well. In some situations we apply a matt floor varnish over some heavy wear pieces which works equally as well.

When you paint, ensure the paint is well mixed and apply the paint with the recommended brushes for the best results. At the Ark we stock the range of Frenchic brushes and paints to get you started. Apply light coats and don’t be tempted to over paint to get coverage too soon, its always best to let the coat dry thoroughly and apply one or two additional coats for the best results.

Remember also we are always available to offer advice, so why not pop in to discuss your project soon.


Feb 02

New Arrivals

We have had new vintage finds and discoveries arriving all week, from Europe and beyond, check Twitter feed and FB links to stay up to date as well as well as checking in here on the site…. Tony