Archive | October 2013

Perfect Paris Storage

Beautiful Vintage  Blanket Box

Given the problems I have had of late with my unbending knee! today had to be a perfectly simple day so I chose a piece that needed minimal assistance to bring it back to life.

This gorgeous solid box with all original fittings and lovely queen anne style legs absorbed the paris grey paint like it hadn’t had a drink in years…. Adding a lovely protective coat of clear wax and a little distressing I decided to add a final touch of a pretty little classic stencil…Perfect, Inside and Out.  

Given this didn’t take too much reloving and not lots of my time it is now on sale at the amazing low price of   £75 WOW  x SOLD 

  Dimensions ;      Width    35 1/2 inches           Height     21 1/2inches              Depth    16 inches                                            









Transformed from Trash to a Total Treasure

This is something I have wanted to do for sometime…the picture was in my mind now I had to translate it into the real thing,

Working full time doing something you love is very rewarding but never more than when you get to play with something thats been in your mind for such a while. Taking my passion for recycling this really is a classic case of taking something totally solid from the trash and transforming it into something truly gorgeous and useful . It has given me such pleasure working on it. This bespoke unique seat once assembled has been given a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old Ochre then a lovely warm clear wax.  It did at this point distress itself so I let the cloth do the distressing and I am very happy with the result.

The addition of  the  shelf below add both stability and a useful spot for nick nacks etc. Finally finished off with the most beautiful Postcard fabric from Clarke and Clarke.

I am now working on a totally “pinkified ” one for a little girls bedroom and I am very excited to see how this turns out, I will be taking orders with colours and fabric chosen to order…and the cost…. well I believe a very reasonable price of £99 and dont forget no one else will have one quite like yours……….Chris x










PS  Can you guess what it started life out as x

double seat meausurements





Complete Chic makeover

It is always so rewarding when a customer returns for more….this in itself  has to be the reassurance we all need that we are getting it right. So when a regular customer entrusted her lovely furniture to me I knew I had to get it right. They were already lovely pieces, a lovely coffee table and a side dresser. All stained in the lovely pine colour we have all come to recognise and those black buttons. We started by rubbing down and applying Annie Sloan Old Ochre Chalk Paint.  The tops where stripped back to their original wooden state and a lovely light oak dye applied. All finished off with a lovely coat of beeswax and then a coat of Annie Sloan Clear. The lovely bonus to these pieces is that Alison really wanted a little table to place her monitor on and we were able to find a small table from the same range that matched perfectly, which we treat in exactly the same way.

These pieces are a prime example of how you can totally change the appearance of an item ensuring use for many moreyears to come.  We also hope this is a typical example of the standard of work we carry out at Preloved

“Thank You so much for what You have done to My furniture Chris, highly recommend this lovely lady to buy or chic up your furniture, amazing. x”

Thank you Alison for trusting us with it  Chris x







Caroles Corner Cupboard !

There is nothing more rewarding than when a customer steps forward and shares their lovely furniture and how happy they are with the end result.

” Love what Chris did to my corner unit!! Looks fab, thanks so much “

This piece was a lovely hand me down from Caroles mum and dad. After standing rather sheepishly in the corner they decided they wanted to give this lovely old pine cupboard a shot at a new lease of  life. And thats where Preloved stepped in. After stripping back and treating, a couple of coats and waxing of Annie Sloan products Old Ochre being the colour,it was allowed to speak for itself when it came to the distressing. Allowing the sandpaper to take from where it wanted the piece has been beautifully transformed into a modern chic piece with oodles of character that will stand proudly in the family home for years to come.  A pleasure to work on.Before and After