An Inspirational Gift

An Inspirational Gift

A gift from a friend gave me the inspiration for this upcycling project.

A good friend of mine gave me some star knobs as a ‘good luck with your business’ gift when I decided to concentrate solely on Reloved by Jo giving it one hundred percent of my time. The knobs were beautiful and very different to anything I’ve used so far. They weren’t made from wood or ceramic but from bone. I sat on them for a while until, inevitably, the right piece of furniture came along.

I took delivery of a large collection of pine furniture which included an old coffee table. You can just see the coffee table, stood on it’s end at the back of my workshop.

Sanded & cleaned

The table had been stored for some time in someone’s attic. It was very dusty and looked as though the top had a large damp patch. However it was solid and had potential. After leaving it to air for a few days I gave it a gentle sand and clean and was really pleased when the top started to look much better. I loved the antique colour and the look of the large knots.

I thought black paint paint to the legs would enhance the top, going well with the wood.

Awaiting final sand and varnish

Finally I attached the star knobs which pull it all together giving an old piece of furniture a funky twist. I’m so pleased with the result.

Black & natural

I used Jack Black (my favourite shade of black) from The Little Greene Paint Company for the base and finished the top with a very flat matt varnish. The knobs you can buy online from ibbi, an online store of beautiful, practical, quirky homewares and found objects from around the world. They have some beautiful pieces.

Knobs from ibbi
Side view
Inside drawers

I wonder where it’s new home will be? A quirky old house, a trendy apartment or a modern home? Wherever it ends up, it’ll look great!

Have a lovely week.

Jo x



Holiday Home Furniture with a Mediterranean Style

Holiday Home Furniture with a Mediterranean Style
If you own a holiday rental, why not entice your guests by up-cycling your furniture and giving it some style?

You want your holiday home to stand out from the rest, yet it has to be furnished within a budget and include good quality, bespoke pieces. Oh and you want to help save the planet too! That may sound a challenge but it’s one that I thrive on.

Holiday homes are quite often furnished with an mix of furniture from your own home that you’ve tired of, or pine furniture (because of it’s durability) which has yellowed with age over the years. The pine now looks dated and if you have a mixed collection it may need pulling together? Either way, it won’t be enticing people to stay and it won’t be showing off your holiday rental as well as it should and therefore, you won’t be charging as much as you could!

As a furniture stylist, I like nothing more than up-cycling old or tired furniture and turning it into something special. This is my most recent project. Some of this furniture is bespoke, but all of it is very solid and very dated. The owners had simply tired of it.

Preloved bookcase
Preloved sideboard
Yellowed pine tables


You can see why the owners had tired of the pine but as they were good quality pieces that are a little different, I was excited to take delivery. I never usually start up-cycling any piece of furniture until I have an image of the finished piece in my mind. With this set of furniture the Mediterranean came to mind, with vibrant blues and whites I could imagine just how the finished pieces would look.

Work in progress

I always prep and prime before painting and this furniture took me a good couple of days of hard work, after which I had sore hands and no nails… a hazard of the job I’m afraid. However once the prep and cleaning had been done the work was much more enjoyable, painting in my chosen colours I could see the design coming together.

I always use good quality paints and the colours you can see here are mainly Deep Space Blue from The Little Greene Paint Company and Strong White from Farrow and Ball, both are an eggshell finish. The grey I have mixed myself. The tops of the tables have been finished with a very flat varnish to which I added a little watered down paint for white-washed finished with a bit of resilience.

So here you have holiday home furniture with a Mediterranean style. I can imagine walls painted white, a couple of throws, rugs and cushions in either bright colours or neutrals. I wish I had a holiday home in which to put them or a home by the sea!

Slim size
Inside drawer
Blue chest of drawers
Side view
Inside view
Lamp tables
Lamp tables

What a difference and the reason why I enjoy up-cycling furniture so much.

If you’d like to see more photos and information on these pieces click here.

I now need a holiday 🙂 Have a good week.

Love Jo x

Hexham Vintage Emporium

Hexham Vintage Emporium
This month I’ve been spreading my wings and moving into Hexham Vintage Emporium.

I’ve now had a full month showcasing my work at Corbridge Antiques Centre. I’ve enjoyed popping in to check my stand is looking it’s best and having a chat with Alison who runs the centre. It’s a friendly place with so many nice pieces to browse with anything from antiques and collectables to up-cycled and quirky. Something for everyone.

My stand within Hexham Emporium

Good space is difficult to find, however, as with most things it turns up when you’re least expecting it and within a couple of weeks of moving into the Antique Centre I had a call from The Vintage Emporium in Hexham asking if I wanted to rent some space there. Of course the answer had to be yes as Hexham, like Corbridge, is a lovely town with a mix of individual shops so it was another great opportunity to spread my wings and showcase my work.

Home Accessories
French & Vintage
Vintage Cushions










The Emporium has recently undergone a bit of a change with the addition of more vintage sections and a cafe on the first floor which is under new management. As well as Waudaughs offerings you’ll find anything from vintage brooches to French antiques and my preloved and up-cycled furniture fits in nicely. As you walk into the shop my furniture and home accessories are on the right hand side of the main entrance door so if you see something you like on your way up for a cup of coffee, you can take it away with you on your way out (or arrange delivery of course).

Waudaughs lighting










As well as these two great pitches I’ve been working on commissions and selling items direct from my website Reloved by Jo. All of a sudden things are starting to get quite busy and I’m getting acquainted with the lovely people of Hexham and Corbridge. I’m in my element!

Have a lovely week.

Love Jo x