So after a great break on the Norfolk Broads (which I’d recommend to anyone wanting a complete break as there is literally nothing else you can do apart from drink, eat, read and drool over the beautiful riverside properties as you pass by) it was back to the North East and upcycling furniture.
It’s nice to have something to look forward to after a holiday and I was very much looking forward to upcycling this dressing chest, however, when I took delivery I didn’t realise that the veneers on the front of the drawers had lifted in places and needed more TLC than I’d anticipated.
After rubbing down and painting several times to try and prevent the bubbles re-appearing on the drawer fronts, I ended up cutting them out, filling, sanding and painting again. And, because the dressing table was made up of so many parts that I’d dismantled in order to paint properly, it took an age to put back together again. Still, the final result was well worth it…
A very pretty vintage dressing chest painted in Autentico Milk eggshell which is neither white nor cream (I love it). I thought about introducing new knobs but I liked the original ones and sometimes you can take the character away from a piece rather than enhance it by removing bits and pieces so I painted them in the same colour as the chest and applied a gold rub over the top to give them a nicer look.
Upcycling is more popular than ever, not only for your own home but for second homes too!
Since starting my upcycling business last year (which I love!) I have steadily built up a list of satisfied clients as well as creating beautiful upcycled furniture to sell through my website Reloved by Jo. One of my more recent commissions was to upcycle some furniture for a holiday cottage, The Old Ale House, which is new to the collection of Coastal Retreat’s five star holiday cottages. When the refurbishment started, it was an ideal time for me to remove the old furniture from the cottage so I could work my magic from my workshop, creating bespoke pieces of furniture that would fit the new scheme and it also gave the decorators space to work.
Furniture for this holiday home included a gentleman’s wardrobe, a dressing table that was to be converted into a chest of drawers, a bureau, a beautiful but damaged chest of drawers, an old quirky cabinet, a large built in kitchen dresser and half a dozen old chairs. Repairs were needed on several of the pieces, however generally the furniture was of good quality (which is usually the case with old furniture) just a little tired and dated.
The brief for the furniture was to be ‘quite masculine and quirky with some brightly coloured pieces’. So, after a lot of TLC (prep, priming and at least two coats of paint) this is how the furniture now looks. What were old and tired pieces of furniture, are now quirky, bespoke pieces that help make the cottage extremely inviting.
Click here to take a video tour of the cottage and see my work in more detail and if you would like to book a stay at The Old Ale House (you just might after seeing the video) include the code Reloved5 for a 5% discount!
If you have a holiday home in the North East and would like some furniture upcycling, just get in touch.