I'm often asked how I got started with what is now a life filled with chalk paint and upcycling.
Since we opened the shop back in 2013, I’ve taken on more Vintage Paint projects than I can remember. While the early ones were definitely learning curves, I’ve always loved painting furniture and helping our customers to realise their own vintage and upcycling projects.
Fast forward to today, and it’s safe to say I’m still hooked on upcycling.
For me, getting hooked on upcycling started with a huge challenge, with plenty of bumps along the way. Here’s how I got hooked on upcycling...
Taking on a Challenge
It all began a few years ago when we moved to a large, Victorian, rather dilapidated house which could only be described as a 'project'.
I have to say that what had seemed like a rather romantic plan to create our dream home in the country when we put in an offer in the middle of summer, soon turned into quite the opposite.
A few months spent living on a building site in the freezing winter was anything but fun and the house quickly ate up our renovation budget.
When we finally got around to furnishing our new home we were definitely working on a budget. However, I really didn't want to fill our lovely home with cheap flat-pack furniture. A rummage around in the garage revealed a few bits of solid furniture which had seen better days, so I picked up a paintbrush.
Vintage Paint Project No.1
So began a quest to create something beautiful out of furniture previously destined for the tip.
First attempts were far from lovely until, with a bit of research, I discovered chalk paint.
What a revelation!
No sanding, no priming, and that gorgeous shabby-chic looking furniture was suddenly achievable for the price of a tin of paint. I was hooked!
From Hobby to Shop
What started out as a way to try and save some money became a hobby... and now a career.
My little shop in Ossett has been open over three years now. Packed with hand-painted and vintage furniture, together with the full range of the fantastic Grand Illusions vintage chalk paint and loads of inspirational ideas for your home.
I never tire of creating something beautiful out of old, unloved furniture, with the added bonus that by upcycling you're not only saving money but also doing your little bit to save the planet.
What's more, I can honestly say I haven't bought a new piece of furniture for our home since. There's no better feeling than rescuing someone's unwanted furniture, destined for landfill. Transforming it into the perfect, unique piece for your home.
If you’ve got your own vintage or upcycling project in mind, feel free to get in touch and we’d be happy to help.