• Furniture Painting,  painted pianos

    I Have Fallen In Love with Painting Pianos

    “Do you paint pianos?”. That was how my first commission came about. I cannot lie – it terrified me. But now, with several more years experience, painting pianos is becoming my new favourite thing. Before you throw your hands up in disbelief, hear me out. You see, I don’t just go ahead, all gung ho and think of the bank account. I still love old furniture in its original form. In fact, my own home sports more original pieces than painted. But brown polished wood just doesn’t cut the mustard in so many modern family homes. The pandemic is thought to have seen an upward trend in folk wanting to…

  • 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 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…

  • 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 –…