Unique furniture by Karen Frandsen

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The items shown below are available for immediate purchase, or were previously sold. To see a larger version of any photograph, please click on it.

To view only my pieces which are currently available for sale, please click here.

As standard I finish all pieces in a smooth finish, however I am happy, at no extra cost, to lightly "distress" them - for a more "vintage" effect. If you like a previously sold item then please feel free to contact me as I may have, or might be able to source, something similar.

Please note, unless otherwise indicated the various decorative items which you see in photographs are NOT included.

To purchase an item, please contact me. Items can generally be collected from my studio in Essex (near Halstead). I can connect buyers with a number of reasonably-priced couriers whom my clients have previously used.

Please note, the items below are the only ones which I have for sale at the current time, and at present I am not taking on new commissions or producing any other new pieces.


Child's chair, toybox and stool/table set - pink with unique hand-painted design
FOR SALE - £95

This is a wonderfully unique furniture set which could be used for a child's bedroom, nursery, playroom, or just as decoration.

It comprises; a toy or storage box, a chair, and a stool which could also be used as a table. All of the items are "soft baby pink", and have a hand-painted design in the style of the "Hugs and Kisses" theme.

The chair measures approx. 35cm floor-to-seat, 33cm wide x 33cm depth.

The stool/table measures approx. 45cm floor-to-seat, 33cm wide x 33cm depth.

The box measures approx. 34.5cm high, 30cm depth, 50cm wide.

Child's chair, toybox and stool/table set - pink with unique hand-painted designChild's chair, toybox and stool/table set - pink with unique hand-painted design
Child's chair, toybox and stool/table set - pink with unique hand-painted designChild's chair, toybox and stool/table set - pink with unique hand-painted design
White chair with classic Winnie the Pooh and Piglet design
FOR SALE - £60

A lovely wooden chair which has been hand-painted with a unique design in the style of classic Winnie the Pooh and Piglet with bumblebees.

The chair measures approximately 42cm wide by 41cm deep by 87cm high.

If the buyer wishes, then to make this an even more unique item I would be happy, at no extra cost, to paint a child's (or adult's !) name on the chair's back.

SALE - This is item has been reduced in price for a limited period only!

White chair with classic Winnie the Pooh and Piglet designWhite chair with classic Winnie the Pooh and Piglet design
White chair with classic Winnie the Pooh and Piglet designWhite chair with classic Winnie the Pooh and Piglet design
White chair with classic Winnie the Pooh and Piglet design 
Pretty white jewellery box with rose design
FOR SALE - £19.50

A lovely jewellery box which has been refinished in white using quality paint, and then finished off with a hand-painted rose design.

The box has an opening lid with storage compartments, and a lower drawer.

Pretty white jewellery box with rose designPretty white jewellery box with rose design
Pretty white jewellery box with rose designPretty white jewellery box with rose design
Lovely vintage china dressing table set
SOLD

A classic vintage china set which would traditionally be used to decorate a dressing table or boudoir table.

The set comprises a hat-pin holder, a powder puff holder, a trinket box, and a tray.

Price does not include postage, please enquire regarding postage costs.

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Lovely vintage china dressing table set 
Pink child's chair, hand-painted
SOLD

This is a beautiful child's chair which has been lovingly refurbished, re-painted in pink eggshell paint, and then decorated with a hearts themed pattern (similar to the style of hugs and kisses) hand-painted by myself.

The chair measures approximately 35cm from floor to seat, 57cm from floor to top of seat back, 32.5cm wide, by 28cm deep (front to back).

I would be happy to personalise the chair by hand-painting a child's name on the front of the back-rest. I can also paint other items to match the set, for example a small table, chest of drawers, high chair, etc.

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Pink child's chair, hand-painted 
Beautiful white foot stool with "french style" cream colour fabric
SOLD

This is a beautiful footstool which has been refurbished and refinished in white using "Farrow and Ball" Oil Eggshell paint.

It has been restuffed, and recovered in a lovely "french style" cream-coloured material. Finally it has been trimmed around the edges with a decorative cream-coloured trim.

Beautiful white foot stool with "french style" cream colour fabricBeautiful white foot stool with "french style" cream colour fabric
Beautiful white foot stool with "french style" cream colour fabricBeautiful white foot stool with "french style" cream colour fabric
Lovely white chair for boys or girls room
SOLD

A lovely wooden chair which has been refurbished and repainted by hand using a quality white satin paint.

Also included, if the buyer wishes, is a cushion with a cover which has been hand-made using a pretty rose-patterned material.

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Lovely white chair for boys or girls roomLovely white chair for boys or girls room
White chair with hand-painted rose design and cushion
SOLD

A beautiful chic style chair which has been lovingly refurbished and hand-painted using quality white eggshell paint. It has then been hand-decorated with a painted "roses and leaves" design. Included with the chair are a hand-made cushion with matching fabric.

The chair measures approximately 45cm wide, it would be great for a bedroom, hallway, conservatory, girls boudoir, etc.

If the buyer wishes, then I would be happy to "distress" the chair's finish.

I've included photos of the chair in an exterior setting (for better light), but please note that this is an interior chair and not a garden chair!

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White chair with hand-painted rose design and cushionWhite chair with hand-painted rose design and cushion
White chair with hand-painted rose design and cushion 
White storage box with hand-painted roses design
SOLD

A lovely useful wooden box (some people call these "ottomans") which could be used as a general storage box.

It has been refurbished and re-finished in white, and then decorated with a hand-painted "roses and leaves" design.

The item measures approximately 90cm wide by 40cm deep by 40cm high, it has been painted with "Farrow and Ball" paint and its base has been lined with "Laura Ashley" paper.

White storage box with hand-painted roses designWhite storage box with hand-painted roses design
White storage box with hand-painted roses designWhite storage box with hand-painted roses design
White storage box with hand-painted roses design 
Pretty mirror with hand-painted rose design
SOLD

A lovely free-standing mirror with wooden base and surround.

The mirror has been re-painted in white, then lightly "distressed".

Finally the glass areas have been decorated with a hand-painted "roses and leaves" design.

This mirror has been used and does show small signs of wear and tear, but they are minimal and do not detract from its overall beauty.

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Pretty mirror with hand-painted rose design 
Beautiful Elm "Welsh dresser"
SOLD

This is a beautiful rare dark Elm wooden "Welsh Dresser".

It comprises two pieces, the base has four drawers (of which the top one includes a "cutlery drawer" section), and two side cupboards.

The removal top piece has two shelves.

I have listed this item for-sale in its present condition, however I would be willing (for an extra fee) to paint it in a colour of the buyer's choice (for example, white, cream, etc) and optionally to "distress" it.

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Vintage "Morris" style reclining chair or "Fireside" chair.
SOLD

This is a beautiful, and very rare, old "Morris" style reclining chair.

I cannot find a maker or date anywhere on it, but this type of chair was predominantly produced between 1866 and 1920 and was popularised by the William Morris company. Its very unusual to come across one of these with all of its original woodwork and backings intact. For more information on Morris chairs, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Chair

The chair even has an old shipping ticket stuck in the bottom for added authenticity!

It has a wood and ply back with a 3-position recliner adjustment bar, arms with "barley twist" fronts, and turned "feet".

It measures approximately 60cm wide x 83cm deep x 84cm high.

The chair is in excellent condition for its age, and has had minimal restoration done on it. A couple of wear areas have had a very light traditional oil-based stainer applied, but most of its original patina has been left intact.

Included with the chair are two new hand-made cushions and covers, one for the back and one for the front. The covers are removable, should you need to wash them, and the cushions are very comfortable.

So with this piece you have a traditional vintage furniture item combined with modern comfort.

Vintage "Morris" style reclining chair or "Fireside" chair.Vintage "Morris" style reclining chair or "Fireside" chair.
Vintage "Morris" style reclining chair or "Fireside" chair.Vintage "Morris" style reclining chair or "Fireside" chair.
Vintage "Morris" style reclining chair or "Fireside" chair.Vintage "Morris" style reclining chair or "Fireside" chair.
Vintage "Morris" style reclining chair or "Fireside" chair. 
White rose-seat chair
SOLD

This is a pretty chair with an ornate back-piece which has been lovingly repainted by hand with multiple coats of Farrow and Ball's "Strong White 2001" paint.

It would look great in a bedroom, hallway, conservatory, or any other room in your home.

The chair's seat has had new foam fitted to it, and has been freshly recovered in a lovely rose design.

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White rose-seat chair 
Set of 6 chairs with "Prince of Wales" design
SOLD

This is a beautfully re-furbished set of 6 chairs. The chairs have been lovingly repainted by hand with multiple coats of Farrow and Ball's "Strong White 2001" paint, and their seats have been re-covered.

The set comprises 6 chairs in total, 2 "carver" style (with arms) chairs and 4 chair without arms.

They have a lovely "Prince of Wales feathers" type design on their backs, and have been newly re-covered in a "french style" quality off-white/cream cotton/satin-texture material.

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Set of 6 chairs with "Prince of Wales" design 
Pair of beautiful white bedside cabinets
SOLD

This is a beautiful pair of bedside cabinets.

They are good-quality pine cabinets which have been refurbished and refinished in white "Farrow and Ball" paint.

They have "turned" legs with castor-wheels which allow them to be easily moved around.

Each cabinet has a single drawer with a nice heavy brass knob, and the drawers are lined with "Laura Ashley" paper.

The units measure approximately 56cm high and approx 55cm wide by 44cm deep.

They are being sold as a pair.

Pair of beautiful white bedside cabinetsPair of beautiful white bedside cabinets
Pair of beautiful white bedside cabinetsPair of beautiful white bedside cabinets
Pair of beautiful white bedside cabinetsPair of beautiful white bedside cabinets
White storage box with floral pattern
SOLD

A lovely storage box which has been refinished in white and then decorated with a hand-painted floral pattern.

White storage box with floral patternWhite storage box with floral pattern
White storage box with floral patternWhite storage box with floral pattern
White storage box with floral pattern 
White "Half moon" hall table.
SOLD

An elegant "half moon" design curved table with "Queen Anne" style legs, finished in white, which would be ideal for a hallway, as a "telephone table", or in a lounge or bedroom.

White "Half moon" hall table.White "Half moon" hall table.
White "Half moon" hall table.White "Half moon" hall table.
White "Queen Anne" style chair.
SOLD

An elegant tall-back "Queen Anne" style chair with traditional "Queen Anne" legs. The chair has been refinished in white, and its seat freshly re-covered.

White "Queen Anne" style chair.White "Queen Anne" style chair.
White "Queen Anne" style chair. 
White "Half moon" hall table and "Queen Anne" style chair
SOLD

An elegant "half moon" design curved table with "Queen Anne" style legs, finished in white, which would be ideal for a hallway, as a "telephone table", or in a lounge or bedroom.

To match it there is this elegant tall-back "Queen Anne" style chair with traditional "Queen Anne" legs. The chair has been refinished in white, and its seat freshly re-covered.

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Classic shaped white wicker chair
SOLD

A classic-shaped wicker chair which has been re-painted in white.

It would be ideal for a conservatory, bedroom, lounge, or other room.

The chair measures approximately 63cm wide x 70cm deep x 68cm high.

The cushion shown in the photographs has been newly covered in a nice vintage-style material and is included in the price.

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Classic shaped white wicker chairClassic shaped white wicker chair
Long mirror painted white
SOLD

This is an elegant wide-framed mirror which has been re-painted in white.

It measures approximately 61.5cm x 162cm (frame) and approximately 38.5cm x 139cm (glass).

It has two hanging pieces on the back, these are currently positioned so that the mirror hangs horizontally but you should be able to refit them so that it hung vertically.

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Long mirror painted whiteLong mirror painted white
Beautiful white chair hand-painted with roses pattern
SOLD

A beautiful classic-shaped chair which has been hand-painted with "Farrow and Ball" paint and then finished off by decorating it with a lovely rose pattern.

I do have a second one of these which I would be happy to paint in a matching (or complementary) design should the buyer wish.

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Beautiful white chair hand-painted with roses patternBeautiful white chair hand-painted with roses pattern
Lovely white dressing table stool
SOLD

This is a pretty ornate dressing-table stool which has been refurbished in white.

It has lovely ornate legs and a padded top.

It has been refurbished and then hand-painted using "Farrow and Ball" "Strong White 2001" Oil Eggshell paint.

The top has then been re-upholstered with a "french look" satin/cotton material.

It measures approximately 48cm wide x 38cm front-to-back by 46cm high.

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Lovely white dressing table stoolLovely white dressing table stool
Vintage Valor Valiant Mark II paraffin heater repainted
SOLD

This is an old-fashioned/vintage "Valor Valient Mark II" paraffin heater. The outside of it has been repainted in black paint and then hand-decorated with a floral pattern in a "gypsy" style.

Its untested but appears to be in reasonable interior condition. As far as I can tell all parts seem to be present with the exception that it needs a new wick, but these can normally be obtained in many places including eBay.

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Vintage Valor Valiant Mark II paraffin heater repaintedVintage Valor Valiant Mark II paraffin heater repainted
Ornate "mirror
SOLD

This is a beautiful ornate mirror which has been hand-painted in white.

The mirror is made in a good imitation of wood out of resin. It has been gently hand-painted with Farrow and Ball's "Strong White 2001 Oil Eggshell" paint.

You can have the edges "buffed" in a gold, silver, or bronze paint finish and if you wish then also have it optionally "lightly distressed" - all for free.

It measures approx. 100cm wide by 114cm high.

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Ornate "mirrorOrnate "mirror
Beautiful pine rocking chair
SOLD

This is a beautiful solid pine rocking chair with ornate arms, legs and back-spindles which has been refurbished and repainted.

The chair has been hand-painted using multiple coats of Farrow and Ball's "Strong White 2001 Oil Eggshell" paint.

The cushion that you can see in some of the photographs is included.

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Beautiful pine rocking chair 
Lovely white dressing table stool
SOLD

This is a pretty ornate dressing-table stool which has been refurbished in white.

It has lovely ornate legs and a padded top.

It has been refurbished and then hand-painted using multiple coats of "Farrow and Ball" "Strong White 2001" Oil Eggshell paint.

The top has then been re-upholstered with a "french look" satin/cotton material.

It measures approximately 46cm wide, by 34cm deep (front-to-back), by 48cm high.

This item can be purchased from "Eclectic" in Epping, please email me for more details.

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Lovely white dressing table stool 
Pink toy box and child's chair, hand-painted
SOLD

This is a beautiful bedroom or nursery set which comprises a toy (or general storage) box and a matching child's chair.

Both pieces have been been lovingly refurbished, re-painted in pink eggshell paint, and then decorated with a hearts themed pattern (similar to the style of hugs and kisses) hand-painted by myself.

The box measures approximately 72cm wide by 46cm deep (front to back) by 38cm high.

The chair measures approximately 35cm from floor to seat, 57cm from floor to top of seat back, 32.5cm wide, by 28cm deep (front to back).

I would be happy to personalise the chair by hand-painting a child's name on the front of the back-rest. I can also paint other items to match the set, for example a small table, chest of drawers, high chair, etc.

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Pink toy box and child's chair, hand-painted 
Retro style armchairs
SOLD

Nice retro "easy" armchairs which could be used in a study, lounge, etc.

The chairs were originally created by "Cintique", I'm unsure of their age but the style looks very 1960s/1970s.

The chair frames are made of a wooden material, and have been refurbished and repainted by hand with multiple coats of quality white eggshell emulsion paint. The base of the chairs are made of springs.

The base and back cushions are made of foam material with a removable brown cover. These have all been recovered with hand-made removable (for washing etc) top-covers made of a light-beige calico material. So you could use the chairs either with its original brown-colour cushions or with the top-covers as seen in the photographs.

The chairs measure approximately 71cm across their widest part, by 70cm high, by 69cm front-to-back.

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Retro style armchairs 
Small chair painted with unique "Owl and the Pussycat" type design
SOLD

A Small chair painted with unique "Owl and the Pussycat" type design, custom commission

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Small chair painted with unique "Owl and the Pussycat" type design 
White wicker shelf unit with 4 shelves
SOLD

A beautiful wicker shelf unit which would look great in a; living room, bedroom, lounge, or kitchen.

It has been refurbished and painted in white. It measures approximately 60cm wide by 109cm high and has 4 shelves. At the back of each shelf there is a horizontal strip with a nice weave pattern.

The plates, books, and flower-jug that you can see in the photographs are not included.

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White wicker shelf unit with 4 shelves 
Lovely child's chair, hand painted with pictures of dolphins. Name can be added on
SOLD

A lovely traditional wooden chair which has been refurbished, hand-painted with white satin paint, and then lovingly hand-painted with a picture of two swimming dolphins.

The dolphin painting has been done using acrylic paints, and then varnished over the top.

It would look beautiful decorating a 'den', a nursery, or a child's bedroom, or would be a great gift for anyone who loves dolphins.

If the buyer intended it to be used to decorate a child's room, then I would be happy (at no extra cost) to paint a name on the chair.

It measures approximately; 44cm wide, 43cm deep, 84cm high.

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Lovely child's chair, hand painted with pictures of dolphins. Name can be added on  
Lovely period writing desk with two drawers - ready for final finishing
SOLD

This is a lovely period-style writing desk. It has two drawers and measures 60.5cm deep by 122cm wide by 77.5cm high.

It has been base coated and is ready to be finished in a paint-style of the buyer's choice - for example, in cream or white satinwood, or in Farrow and Ball's "Strong White" oil eggshell, or in powder blue, or in any other colour and finish that the buyer prefers.

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Pair of classic Art Deco style period wooden chairs
SOLD

A pair of beautiful classic "Art Deco" style period dining/living-room chairs.

They have been re-stained, but as you can see on the photos some of their original wear-areas have been left there for authenticity, and the upholstery on the seats has been re-covered in a nice patterned light "peachy cream" colour material.

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Pair of classic Art Deco style period wooden chairsPair of classic Art Deco style period wooden chairs
Pair of classic Art Deco style period wooden chairsPair of classic Art Deco style period wooden chairs