October 5, 2012 by Decorum DIYer
I figured with all of the political talk these days, I should take some time to talk about a different ‘campaign’ of sorts – campaign-styled furniture. What’s that, you are not on the ‘campaign’ band wagon? Well, the campaign style of furniture has been around forever and has served a very practical purpose in military expeditions, especially by the British. You see, campaign furniture has heavy-duty brass hardware that appears throughout the furniture pieces. Every corner has brass brackets for protection and handles abound to make packing and carry/shipping the furniture easier. Some pieces even have legs or components that are detachable and foldable for compact hauling. As with the faux bamboo furniture, there is a bevy of original, antique pieces, but there was a revival of the campaign style in the last century. Campaign furniture pieces have been quite trendy in design and decor for a few years now.
The furniture pieces are handsome and masculine, how couldn’t they be? I regularly search my local Craigslist for such pieces. Here are just a few that I was able to find with a quick ‘campaign’ search. I am sure I would have found more, if I just weeded through the thousands of generic ads, as most people have no idea what campaign-styled furniture is, so, understandably, the description is not part of the ad. That said, what I am sharing with you are pieces that were made during the campaign-style revival from the last century, not antiques… yet.
As with the faux bamboo furniture, most designers opt to paint these campaign revival pieces in fun, contemporary colors. Here are a few pieces that I have seen at various blogs in which the owners have done just that!
Here’s a painted desk (w/tutorial) from “Heart Tree Home”
This is one of my favorites!
Lastly, this little green number has my heart beating.
I was also able to find this little one on Craigslist. Now, it is full on laminate, but it could be painted. I like the round drawer pulls, a little more feminine. To add to the campaign detail, one could always add additional hardware that is readily sold separately. Here is just one online source for such hardware: Ansaldi & Sons.
Part of my excitement with this post and style is that I am hoping to update Roman’s room in the next few months and I found the perfect campaign dresser for only $20 on Craigslist! Here is the dresser as it sits in my basement awaiting a coat of paint…. navy blue perhaps?
So, what about you? Do you like this style of furniture? Could you see this in your house as is, or painted? I want to hear your thoughts. Also, as a disclaimer, I totally thought of the blog post title all by myself. 🙂 That said, it wasn’t until I started doing research for sources on campaign style furniture that I realized just how generic of a title it is. Oh well, until next time, happy craigslisting and painting!
Update as of 10/7/12: If you live in my neck of the woods, this desk just popped up on Craigslist this morning for a whopping $25! If you like the campaign style, this could be your chance!
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