Archive | September 2013

Fancy a Change ?

Is your beautiful furniture looking a little tired..if so why not let Preloved wave its magic wand. Give me a call  or drop me an email and lets bring a little bit of fresh colour into your home. Discounts for more than three items

Correct at 21/10/2013

Correct at 21/10/2013


A Chip of the Old Block

I am so very fortunate to work with materials I love and of course wood has to be my favourite. I have lived my life around wood as my father was a joiner and  many of my childhood years were spent going to work with him .I am sure that is where my love of wood and making things came from….although when plastic windows came in the very early seventies my dads response was  ” Plastic windows…they will never take off “!!!.   So my project today has been an absolute delight to work on and as yet is not quite finished.

A very sad unloved solid butchers block in a very sorry state. After hours of sanding painted and applying buckets of pure tung oil to the block it is finally been brought back to life with a bang. After two coats of Annie Sloan Old White and a wax this piece is truly on its way back to its former glory. The addtion of a new handle which I have yet to choose will finish this piece of perfectly, and it will then be able to serve a busy kitchen for years to come. Hope you love it as much as I do. X

Solid Wood Butcher Block £100

Solid Wood Butcher Block £100




Preloved at the Prospect UpMarket

Well what a day loaded the van late last night and then off we set off on our travels at 7.30 this morning. After a flurry of physical activity the van was unloaded and after two coffees, trading commenced at 10am.   For any of you who have never visited one of Hulls newest shopping experiences, then you really do need to make a visit. From furniture to candles.homemade jams, jewellery,bags and a multitude of  handmade delights both edible,wearable and usable, down to the most amazing opportunity to experience spiritual healing.massage, reiki and a whole lot more of beauty treatments, this market truly does have something for everyone.

My grandson Freddie was incredibly enthralled by the fantastic owls belonging to Athenas Owls and the amazing sound of  the boys busking from Bud Sugar. Or  just to sit and enjoya coffee and a piece of the famous  homemade lemon drizzle cake from the cafe. The gorgeous colourful unique wares from the traders on this market really are second to none,totally unique and bespoke.

Our day was exeptionally busy from customers of old coming to say hello and order, to new customers taking away some lovely unique items. All in all a great day and something for all the family. Lots of pictures where took of our first official Preloved day out so I hope you enjoy looking through them and if there is anything you would like to purchase please just drop me a message.


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UpIf you would like more information on the Prospect UpMarket Hull  please go




Preloved goes on the Up !

Very exciting things are happening this week at Preloved …we are going out on the road …so to speak. This weekend on Saturday 14th September we will be taking a few of our items to the Hull and East Yorkshire famous Prospect UpMarket for the very first time.

UpMarket is the brainchild of local entrenepeur Mrs Eve Lomax and once a fortnight she brings traders from all over the county to the Prospect Center Atrium. The market is one of the exciting things that happens in Hull on a Saturday, bringing  crafters together to merchandise all their unique handmade wares.

This market is becoming so popular a waiting list now exists to guarantee a place at this much visited bi monthly event. From knitted and handsewn dolls. to art,candles,vintage clothing,boutique fashion,handmade soaps,traditional crafts,jewellery and many more unique items. This unique  market even provides a little respite from our busy lives by also offering taster beauty sessions,reiki and spiritual healing and a mini spa.  Where else could you find such a diverse market other than at the Prospect Center.The 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month sees the atrium transformed into UPmarket,with up to 50 stalls made up of local traders selling all of these and more unique items.

So we are very excited at being involved in this and hopefully we will get to meet some of our on line customers face to face. So if you are in Hull pop up and see us at the Prospect Centre Atrium, Brook Street.  Hull

For more information on UpMarket please visit their website at



From Mundane to Magnificent

Farmhouse Table + Four Chairs

A pot of paint a tin of wax ,lots of elbow grease and a little vision…..that is all it takes.                  

This gorgeous table and four chairs has been upcycled and reloved back to life ensuring many more years of family meals and friendly chats……. The chairs have been stripped back and painted in #Annie Sloan Cream Chalk Paint sealed with a clear wax, the table has been restored, then using a gorgeous dark wax it was finally polished off with a sweet smelling beeswax on its wonderful top. Throw in a pinch of light distressing and this lovely piece has come back to life with a warmth which is worthy of its lovely waxing….Wonderful…… x


The end is nigh !

Extending Dining Table and Four Chairs

After waiting nearly six weeks for parts to a beautiful table and after going out and buying more they all arrived at the same time …so plenty more replacement pieces for future tables. This table and chairs is now nearing completion and after stripping back the top to reveal the beautiful texture of the wood i have waxed and polished till my hearts delight. The chairs and table legs have had two coats of Annie Sloan Old White and two further coats of wax and a gentle distress to bring all the pieces together. The table extend to comfortably sit eight if need be ,but only wanting to sit four at the moment. Its crowning glory will be later on today when I reupholster the seats in a lovely beige linen fabric ….Gorgeous very pleased with this one Just hope its new owner will love it as much as I do. x