A Little Bedroom Romance

A Little Bedroom Romance

Wouldn’t we all welcome a little more romance in the bedroom? Well this beautiful French dressing table will certainly give your bedroom scheme a romantic feel. I love the curves and elegance of this beautiful piece of furniture.

I bought this dressing table from a French dealer at an antiques fair. It’s just the style of furniture I like so it was a pleasure to work on. I chose a soft grey from the Farrow and Ball range. Cornforth White in an eggshell finish. It’s now one of my favourite shades of grey.

The handles were in a good condition and just needed a clean. They’re very pretty and the antique gold colour works well with the pale grey.

I lined the drawers with a paper similar in colour to the paint. I like to finish off pieces of furniture so they look and feel as nice on the inside as they do on the outside.

A pretty bedroom scheme for this dressing table would include white, pale greys and pale pinks, creating a very elegant and feminine feel. I would dress the room with a few gold accessories such as an antique gold mirror, photo frames and candle holders.

So, yet another piece of furniture, Reloved by Jo, that I’ll find hard to part with. I wish I had the space to keep it!

Have a great week.

Love Jo x



Going Green in More Ways Than One

Going Green in More Ways Than One

Going green had a double meaning for me this month. As someone who is passionate about up-cycling, my work is obviously good for the planet and with the introduction of a lovely new green paint that I couldn’t resist, I literally was ‘going green’ with this job.

Bought at auction, I’ve been sitting on these chairs for a while now – excuse the pun! Chairs at auction are plentiful but not always in sets of six. The shape is also quite simple which attracted me to them.

When a new paint colour is introduced to the market that I like, I think about the stock I have and what, if anything, would suit that colour. That’s what happened in this case and these chairs immediately sprung to mind.

Originally dark wood with tapestry covered seat pads. This is how they looked before I started work.

Pre-loved chairs

Chairs always take longer to up-cycled than people imagine they would. They need sanding, priming and at least two coats of paint. I also then apply a matt varnish for a little more durability. Then there’s the upholstering to do…  All worth the effort though as you’ll see here.

Green vintage chairs   Back of chairs   Looking good with white-washed table

The Fern (Autentico) is lifted by the use of Jack Black (The Little Greene Paint Company) and Almond (Autentico) and the fabric brings them all together. Although white and greys are still very popular, I enjoy using different colours as it keeps my work refreshing and I like up-cycling furniture in colours that you can’t buy off the shelf. My work is bespoke after all.

Botanical fabric

These lovely hand-painted chairs would suit an older style house, I can imagine them in a dining room or maybe a garden room sat around an old oak table. They would look fabulous next to a vintage dresser similar to this one.

Black painted chair and vintage dresser

So going green in more ways than one has been fun. It’s now Spring, that time of year when gardens are starting to come to life, so have these botanical chairs.

Have a lovely week.

Jo x