Furnishing and decorating a house with handmade pieces is a wonderful way of creating a personal and unique home. If you are a DIY talent, you go and make your own things. If you are not (like me) or lack the time for DIY, you go and scout for handmade pieces. Up to now I only thought of flea markets, some online platforms, or direct maker studios as sources for handmade products. But did you know that you can even buy handmade pieces on Amazon.de? And I mean all kind of handmade pieces. Like a dining table, yes a dining table too!
So when I teamed up with ‘Handmade at Amazon’ to create a story for the blog, my challenge was easily set: I need a new dining table. And I want a handmade dining table made of reclaimed wood. Said and done! Stunningly enough this was no issue at all. ‘Handmade at Amazon’ teamed me up with the artisan Andreas Wilhelm. Andreas is specialized in making customized furniture out of reclaimed wood – check out his website too! Quite often the wood is more than 150 years old and found at old Bavarian farmhouses. So the story of my new old dining table commenced.
First, I went to visit the artisan in his studio about an hour drive south of Munich. Together we decided on the wood and look of the table. I wanted a very simple, square dining table. Such a table is ideal for my limited space and I found it incredibly difficult to find a reclaimed wood table with such small sizes. Hence we created one together. The reclaimed wood was actually floor planks and beams from a more than 100 year old local farmhouse. I got the opportunity to put the finishing touches by myself. Polishing, brushing, waxing – all done by myself. Finally, I am pretty happy with the result!
I think my new-old dining table adds the right touch of rustic to my home. I love the look and feel of the waxed reclaimed wood tabletop. It has so much character and tells a story. Not to mention that it looks ace for pictures. Frankly, I couldn’t be happier! ‘Handmade at Amazon’ is a great new platform to find the work of more than 5,000 local and European artisans. Whether you are looking for a small present, a customized piece, home decor, jewelry, or furniture – I invite you to have a look at the new ‘Handmade at Amazon’ shop.
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Photography by Igor Josifovic