• A painted welsh dresser
    Furniture Painting

    I Couldn’t Bring Myself To Call Him Donald

    I want to introduce you to Daffy. A rather fabulous painted welsh dresser who might well have saved my mental health as much as (I hope) my wee business.  It’s been a while since I wrote about upcycling furniture. Over a year in fact. So much has happened in that time. Most of which you will already know about – unless you have been hiding in a bunker since March. Covid-19 has impacted our lives more than possibly most of us would ever have thought possible. But I don’t want to dwell on that. I consider myself lucky to have come out of a lean four months with my sanity…

  • Painted antique chest of drawers
    Furniture Painting

    By George He’s Got It

    Swag. He’s got swag. And Oxford Dictionaries tells me that, despite a long, and sometimes dubious meaning of the word swag, it is now accepted by the cool kids as ‘bold self-assurance of manner or style’. I can see him nodding, in a kind of Joey Tribbiani sort of way. I am going to be honest and say I probably paid too much for this fella. With the benefit of hindsight, I realised he would cost a lot to bring back to a standard someone would be proud to use – and not simply look at. But he had me fooled He had super Hepplewhite handles. And evidence of some…

  • Bureau Cameo By Sklan
    Furniture Painting

    You had me at “she loves writing”

    “Mum” entrusted this vintage bureau to the Artisan Bothy, to makeover for her little girl. The bureau is a period style piece with a “Cameo by Sklan” mark inside the drawer. Now some of you will know I love a bit of research. It is fab to be able to hand a piece over, with a little more about its provenance. It took some digging but I was able to establish this dates back to around 1960. So almost an antique in the style of an even older antique – if that makes sense. When “Mum” lifted the garage door, I drew breath. This is gorgeous. I actually felt guilty…

  • Painted art deco sideboard
    Furniture Painting

    I Flipped My Lid

    Furniture, which originates from around and about the Art Deco era, seems to be a bit like Marmite just now. You either love it or hate it. Whatever your stance, you will find a lot of it about. Especially sideboards. From big heavy curvy pieces, to the later more compact boxy pieces. And “flipped” they look absolutely amazing! There are some beauties out there, like the magnificent walnut which you just couldn’t put a brush to. But there are a lot of less impressive pieces too. But, regardless what coat we wear, we all need a little love, don’t we. So when a friend pops a picture across of a…