• 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…

  • 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…