Phoenix rises from the ashes

Sometimes in life things don’t always go to plan. What we originally set out to do with this piece presented one or two problems ,but with the vision of some lovely customers and an assortment of Annie Sloan colours, wax glue,replacement pieces of moulding, cleaning products and elbow grease this old desk has finally been given a new lease of life. Darker pieces don’t always photo well and I am not sure the picture does it justice. So after a nerve wracking morning waiting for my customer to come back and see it, this gorgeous piece will be back in its new home this week. I am one very happy lady today XX ‪#‎morethanpaint‬ ‪#‎anniesloan‬. Perfect example of #upcycling

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****£80 *** Beautiful genuine solid pine vintage dresser /buffet. SOLD**

****£80 *** Beautiful genuine solid pine vintage dresser /buffet. This lovely piece has been painted with Annie Sloan Old Ochre Chalk Paint then waxed and distressed in keeping with the style of this gorgeous piece of vintage furniture. Solid pine throughout with handcut dovetail joints. Measurements are 43 inches high, 10 inches deep and 36 inches wide. Very unique piece. STUNNING X Pick up HU6 Sutton Rd Hull Delivery may be available

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Vintage Dressing Table Set

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Victorian Mahaogany c1926 Folding Rocking Chair given new lease

This gorgeous little piece was past its best so with a little bit of time and a tin of paint it has been lovingly remoulded into a beautiful usable piece I love it !

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Pretty Vintage Shabby chic Dresser

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Charming Chic with Delicate Details

 

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This charming beautiful was specially  procured for a regular visitor to Preloved.    It oozed not only charm and beauty but a depth of warmth that was clearly duly noted on my customers must have list.

It had clearly been loving cared for as it had very few signs of wear that generally  come with a piece of this age. I knew it was important to maintain the value of the wood on this one by ensuring  its beauty was still visible to all.

The first thing to do was give it a good clean ,inside out and upside down. I use that good old soluble sugar soap is the only thing that works efficiently here and as all areas of the wook were undergoing some form of treatment I knew i would be safe with it on here.  Once that was achieved and the piece clean a light sand was in order. I was fortunate at this point as no repairs were necessary at all.

Applying the amazing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on this was a dream. The customer had chose Old Ochre and after two coats with a light sand in between it was ready for its first wax.  This piece has the most intricate detailing and as the customer had requested minimal distressing it was very hard for me not to get carried away here.

For those that dont know it is very difficult not to distress a piece when the wood is shouting out for it……..On that note many of my customers are amused by my way of working when distressing as I often suggest “letting the wood talk to us ” but I have found this to be the best and most honest and natural way of doing it.

I had also must add the beautiful rose carved knobs which where glued and screwed into the doors and drawers where taped up to avoid covering them with paint.

Onto the top …now here is where it did speak to me “leave me alone” it cried !! and thats just what I did with the exeption of a good nourishing oil following by three coats of wax , the first two dark,  and then finally a clear was which was all buffed up with elbow grease and a very fine wire wool.

The end result is a very chic but contemporary feel to a very old and tired piece. proving you can mix very old pieces with new methods and this is certainly the proof.
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chev and chris

 

Even Harry gives it his seal of approval x

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Job well done and a large coffee and chocy bun to finish xx

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Flying the Nest

Well there it went “Summer“……..you know its that time of the year because instead of complaining about the weather we accept it ..rain wind and all. Its been a very strange time in the Sahin household this year lots of comings and goings. My niece Jackie currently working in Perth Australia came home for a visit just after my other niece her sister Debbie came home from a long deployment,pirate catching for the Royal navy in foreign seas. Both of these visits brought great happiness tinged with a tear or two when they both returned to there jobs far away. But the most important goodbye has had to be to my youngest daughter Mel. I am incredibly proud of Mel and after working hard in her gap year she has finally taken up residence in Manchester ,where she is studying for a degree in Religion and Anthropology at Manchester University.

In real terms this has meant that for the first time in 37 years I have no child to tend to at home and for those who have experienced this ,you will appreciate how hard it is. The realisation that your last baby is all grown up is not without tears and heartbreak. Its ironic that the more successful your children are the harder it can be as when they fly they fly high and fortunately this brings the biggest sense of pride.

So were do I go with this horrible flown nest syndrome…well there is only one place…. my workshop. Mel’s departure has meant many tins of paint have been used and many beautiful pieces have gone of to new homes and so I would like to share just a few. If any interest you please drop me a line and I will ensure you get all the information you need, and don’t forget if you would like one of your own pieces revamping please just give me a call.

Chris xx

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Catching Up !!

Its been a while …I know . I am constantly asked are you not working checked the website and nothing new…well thats just the point sometimes I don’t have the time and when I do ….I don’t have the relevant pics …so tonight I have decided to upload just a few of the pieces I have worked on recently and rehomed.

 
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Preloved supporting Marisa and Molly’s trek to Iceland for Dove House Hospice

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Marisa and Molly have taken on the challenge to support our local hospice Dove House by trekking up a volcano in Iceland. Being the unfit coward that I am there is no possible way I would ever take on  this sort of challenge on so full support for these brave girls who are prepared  to do so. I am however more than happy to support them in their challenge. I will do this by donating 5% of all Facebook page sales from @Preloved from 04/05/2014 up to the value of £100 I will also at a later date find a piece of lovely furniture which I will up cycle and sell via a silent bid auction to help them raise the money needed. It is a brilliant thing they are doing and anything we can do to support them we will. So please check out their page and if you would like to help please do I am sure they will appreciate the support. I know I along with many others have relied on and received help and support from the Hospice. They only receive funding for 45 days per year it doesn’t take a mathematician to work out that leaves a massive shortfall every year for the Hospice to find. it is through fundraisers donations and the generous support of the community that they are able to do this. You never know when you may need their help God forbid but lets ensure if you ever do the funding is always there to offer each and every one of us the support we may need.

For more info or to donate to Marisa and Molly’s efforts please follow the following link and I will keep this page updated as to how we are doing at Preloved

http://www.justgiving.com/MarisaHainesMollyColeman/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=MarisaHainesMollyColeman&utm_campaign=pfp-share

Thanks Chris xx

For more information on Dove House please visit their website at   www.dovehouse.org.uk/

 

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