You will need
- 14 x bobbin spindles, 35 x 4cm diameter; 14 x bobbin spindles, 30 x 4cm diameter; 4 x finials; and 4 x bun feet; £109.92 for the set in pine, from Dave Dalby Woodturning
- 5 x MDF planks, 180 x 35 x 2.5cm, £22.89 each, from WoodSheets.com
- ‘Light Gold’ paint, £30 for 1 litre intelligent gloss, from Little Greene
- 4.5cm screws, £5.39 for 200; ‘Multi-purpose Wood Filler’, by Ronseal, £5.99 for 310ml; both from Screwfix
Grand total = £265.75
- Lay out and mark the position of each spindle on each shelf as close to the edges as possible. We used the longer spindles to make the taller bottom two shelves.
- Attach the tops of the 16 side spindles to the underside of the upper 4 shelves from above by drilling a 3mm pilot hole and then screwing 4.5cm screws through the shelves and into the centre of the spindle below.
- Attach the bun feet to the bottom shelf in the same way, then attach the remaining spindles to the underside of the upper 4 shelves.
- Attach each spindle to the shelf below by making a diagonal pilot hole and then screwing up through the shelf and into the bottom of the spindle. Then attach the finials to the top shelf in the same way.
- Fill the screw heads with wood filler, then sand to achieve a seamless finish before painting.
- Seventeenth and eighteenth-century faience plates, tureens and vases, from £650 each, from Julia Boston Antiques.
- Seatpad covered in ‘Java’, cotton velvet, £75 a metre, from Rose Uniacke.
- Linen panel with reapplied antique textile and hand embroidery, 200 x 100cm, £1,120, from Kirsten Hecktermann