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Julie’s Jewels

I had the pleasure last year of helping a customer who had purchased some nice sturdy furniture off Gumtree.
The pieces were perfect in shape and size but not colour.
So with the application of various chalk paints they were stripped painted and waxed.
The result was some spectacular furniture that looks fabulous in their home.
Quite often black paint can be quite darkening but on this occasion it was the perfect colour to compliment their other pieces.
Along with a couple of unloved bedside cabinets upcycled with Annie Sloan Cream Chalk Paint my clients were very happy with the result.

Moving on from the beautiful lounge my client also asked my help to upcycled some pieces she had purchased for her bedroom which also needed an update.

These pieces were stripped sanded and stained and waxed and the base of the merchants chest painted in a mix of Annie Sloan colours.

Sling with  the stunning four poster which they brought with them from the USA the bedroom is the perfect place for relaxation





Charming Chic with Delicate Details




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.


chev and chris


Even Harry gives it his seal of approval x


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




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 http://prospectupmarket.com