Saturday, March 16, 2013

Versatile Vintage Bamboo

I've always loved vintage bamboo.  I love its mottled finish that mixes well with any decor.  I love that it was made into dressers, shelves, cabinets, tables, and bookcases.  But most of all I love that one piece of vintage bamboo can be used in so many different ways.

One of my favorite bamboo pieces is the cabinet with doors.  They come in all sizes.

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They can be used as a bookcase.

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They can be used in the foyer and display collections.

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My favorite use is holding towels in the bathroom.

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 This wardrobe-size painted cabinet holds china.

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It just as easily could store linens in a bedroom. 

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They also are made with open shelves.  I've used this type in a bathroom before for towels and toiletries, as a merchandise display piece at the store, and as a small bookcase for books or magazines.

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What about using the shelf for dishes?

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A chippy painted shelf works in the bathroom.

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I used this chippy painted bamboo shelf as a display shelf in the store.  I found that the shelves can hold tons of merchandise and they're so light weight that I can easily move them around the shop.

My painted bamboo shelf displaying my cameras I had for sale.

My good friend, Sandy, whose home I've featured here and here, uses bamboo in her house too.
 This open shelf displays vignettes of her collections.  Notice the tiny bamboo trimmed cabinet on the lower shelf.

Sandy's Vignettes

There's also an open bamboo shelf in her foyer.



On the bottom shelf are some woven boxes atop a woven suitcase.

Woven Boxes and Suitcase

There even are bamboo umbrella stands.  This one holds Sandy's collection of antique umbrellas.

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There are also chairs and sofas.

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These bar stools are new from Martyn Bullard Design.  They're pretty wonderful.


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There are tables in all shapes and sizes.

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This bamboo table is used as a coffee table.

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Another larger bamboo table.

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I love the size and round shape of this table.  Perfect on the porch.

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There are also beds and luggage racks.  Luggage racks make wonderful side tables.
Top them with a suitcase or tray.

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I'm not sure if I like the bamboo painted or natural like this bed.

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What about a hall tree for your mud room?

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The dressers are to die for.

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Here's another style of dresser used in the foyer.

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 What do you think about bamboo as trim molding?  I think it might look better with some existing trim?  What do you think?  Would you do this in your home?


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What do you think of this trim?


I could go on and on.  The different styles and uses are endless.  I would love to see some of the bamboo pieces you've found.  I continue to find styles I've never seen before.



Kathy

Post Teaser

I'm working on a post about the bamboo pieces in my home and how I use them.
 Be sure to check back.

3 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore vintage bamboo. I have one Victorian piece in my bathroom. It's a three tiered shelf. I've never seen a dresser or amoire in person but would love to. Thanks for sharing this fun, bamboo eye candy!

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  2. Can't wait to see the pieces in your home! I adore vintage bamboo, but it is next to impossible to find down here. If you do find it (which is rare), the price is astronomical. Suffice it to say I'm jealous if you have some!

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  3. I've just discovered your blog. I'm a vintage bamboo fan. On a search now for a vintage bamboo secretary. '-) Seen any for sale? ~ Sarah

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