No Veneer In ‘Ere

Its a bold statement to make and lots of furniture shops make it. Its only when the purchaser decides to upcycle their piece that the poor Upcycler has to inform said purchaser that their SOLID wood furniture is in fact cheap wood with veneer over the top. I have been in that position and its…

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New Year’s Presence!

A new year is upon us, it doesn’t seem 2 minutes since I got back from my holiday in July. I am already on with my first commission of the year, a lovely bench set that needs an uplift to fit in with a new kitchen refurbishment. One of my goals this year is to…

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Always learning.

Well what can I say I am a convert to Frenchic paint, it’s absolutely amazing, it goes on like silk and the paint itself goes such a long way. There is also a wonderful facebook forum where there is loads of help and advice with every item of furniture that has been painted and upcycled…

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From She Shed to Shabby Chic Workshop

So I am finally in the market for a new workshop. Currently I have a wooden shed that is very damp and cold and quite frankly uninspiring, I am thinking that a pre-fabricated workshop/garage is the way to go. There are so many companies to choose from but I am thinking that it should be…

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Would You Like Ice With That?

So The Beast From The East is upon us!  It’s hard enough being a Furniture Whisperer through the winter months without these conditions.   The way I get around working outside is to paint small items so I can do them in my kitchen.  Of course I cant move all my materials inside so when I…

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Colour Charts

As a furniture painter I have my favourite materials I like to work with, paint, wax, brushes etc.  Once in a while I like to try new products especially paint.  I am a member of a Facebook page called Essentially Shabby and the people on there are great they give advice and give good feedback…

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Ooh La La a Cheeky Week In France

Me and my husband decided to have “a cheeky weeks holiday” we usually go for two weeks in the summer but we thought we would give somewhere else a try (we usually go to Italy) so we booked a Gite just outside Bergerac.  The Gite was called Le Bois De Penaud and is run by…

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Spring has sprung!

I am so glad that the warmer drier weather is here I find it really difficult to work through the winter, as my workshop is full of furniture so I tend to work outside where the light is better, so when the weather is wet or cold and frosty I can’t really get anything done,…

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Put a lid on it!

I love what I do that’s why I do it, I don’t do it because I make a load of cash because believe me I don’t.  I love most aspects of up-cycling furniture right from mooching around second hand shops and antiques markets to browsing in the DIY shops looking at brushes, paint and wax.…

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Working With Black Chalk Paint

Commission pieces are a huge part of this business which is why I love doing what I do, one of the best feelings is to give a lovely old fashioned piece of furniture a new lease of life, especially when the client falls in love with it all over again.  So when I was asked…

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