• two pictures of a wingback chair one before and one afer with new covers

    Joseph the Technicolour Upcycled Wingback Chair

    It’s no secret I do enjoy a bit of upholstery in between my ‘hard furniture’ projects. So when a message dropped into my inbox asking if I would consider giving her wingback chair a bit of TLC I didn’t have to think twice. Come to Mama… Upholstery is a very complex subject. The fire safety regulations changed often between 1988 and 2010 and it can feel a bit overwhelming. I don’t plan to go into details here, there is plenty online for those wanting to understand more. I would even advise booking yourself a course. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover this chair originated from a well know high…

  • Furniture Painting

    Making Sustainable Furniture Choices

    ‘I want to make good buying choices. Pick forever pieces. Use local suppliers.’ Some days a customer speaks with such poignancy, it stops you in your tracks. I truly believe it to be a thread which runs through my decisions. Be it when choosing a piece for myself. When buying or giving a new home to a ‘free to go or it’s going to the tip’ item. Or when tackling a commission. I apply a kind of ‘I hope they want to love it forever’ philosophy. Yes, I was hearing sustainable furniture – as she described her own buying philosophy. Back in the old days – yes, that old chestnut…

  • 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…