• Ducal Pine Dressing Table Painted
    Furniture Painting

    No-one Puts Baby in the Corner

    This Ducal makeover is one of the first pieces of furniture I ever bought to commercially upcycle. I remember it well. Or rather I remember the roll of the eyes when Mr Smith was asked to come along and help me load it up, along with a big pine sideboard. And the second roll of the eyes when I stopped the van and jumped back out to agree to take a third piece from the same home. It was early days. I had spent (lost) many hours on various upcycling forums and seen these pieces looking all new and sparkly again. And Ducal pine is solid as a rock –…

  • Painted Piano Rods
    Furniture Painting

    Playing To A Different Tune – A Piano Makeover

    Every once in a while a piece of “furniture” comes along which completely changes your way of thinking. In this case it’s a piano. It Began With A Facebook Message “I’ve been admiring many of your pieces of furniture on your page . Just wondered if restoring an upright piano would be something you could do?” I am not going to lie. The message filled me with an immediate thought of “eek”. I mean, there were so many things to consider. Piano transportation is specialist, right? So that’s me and my trusty white van out of the running – if this was going to happen, it would be an “on…

  • Upcycled-chest-drawers-blush
    Furniture Painting

    Furniture Deserves Love Too

    Meet Rose – my latest upcycled chest of drawers. I am not going to deny it – our Rose has stole my heart. I know, I name all my furniture, I can’t help it! They all have stories to tell. “Rose” was Found on a Furniture Marketplace Listing She caught my eye, but it took me an age to decide she needed to come to Marie. Super shiny furniture always bothers me. Plastic” varnish is my pet hate. But then we met in person and I knew she was calling out for a new coat. Maybe some new drawers too (ooh er missus). So before I knew it, she was…

  • Arthouse wallpaper drawers
    Furniture Painting

    The Imposter

    Some of you will know I find comfort in upcycling. There is something deeply satisfying about taking a piece of furniture which is destined for landfill and giving it the kiss of life. I confess, I am actually a bit hooked. If I am not at my keyboard you will usually find me with a piece of sandpaper or a brush in my hand or browsing some selling site for another outcast. It all began with a moldy old towel rail. It then progressed to some crusty old garden furniture. Then Mr Smith started to get seriously concerned when he could see me eyeing up furniture around the house – with…