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Corona Virus Affected Workshops

Update on upcoming workshops.
All workshops until May have now been postponed. They will be or have been rescheduled. Anyone booked in has been contacted by email. Any workshops with confirmed dates are still open for bookings through the Events tab and hopefully will go ahead. I will of course be keeping an eye and if anything changes nearer the time i will update. Stay safe everyone, we can get through this one paintbrush at a time xx

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Not Too Shabby

And here is the newly revamped bedroom set. Shabby chic’d within an inch of its life πŸ‘Œ More glaze again 😊. I really need to do a glaze demo πŸ™ˆ
I must admit the bed took the good out of me a few times. Stubborn me refuses to tape up and much prefers to paint freehand lines. Then I get frustrated when it wont go my way and i have no one to blame only myself πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Of course I will learn no lesson here at all. I somehow forgot to take the before pics for the lockers which is unusual for me as I have a sign up in my workshop to remind me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
I cant believe how productive I’ve been this week. Just makes me realise how much I normally procrastinate when I can head off to the diy/paint shops and chat for half the day πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ

@colourtrendpaints
🎨 Temperance (White) 🎨 Genesis (Grey)

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Dressed in Red

I love a brave soul who goes for red. This Is a pretty drastic revamp, but if i do say so myself it turned out amazing. My client knew exactly what she wanted from the very start. Red, distressed and black glaze and that’s exactly what she got. I tried a new red from Colourtrend Paints called 🎨Siren and oh my it is just fabulous. I dont actually talk about glaze too much which is odd since I use it a lot. I always have a stock of Black, Brown and White ready made glazes from General Finishes which I get from the The Carpentry Store. Maybe I might do a little tutorial on glazing soon if things get quiet for me. For the moment though I’m up to my eyes in commissions so I’m lucky and happy and covered in paint as always 🀣
How fab is the bottom of the dresser on it’s own too ❀. I stained the top of this part using a mixture of diff colour stains just to get something unusual. It’s hard to see in the photos but it’s a beautiful contrast of dark and red wood with a hint of black going through it. I’m really trying to stay out of the workshop this weekend as I want to keep some sort of routine. Even though there is nothing to do I dont want to end up working 7 days just to keep the boredom at bay. I’ll just get fed up after a while and that’s the last thing I want to happen as the paint brush is the only thing keeping me sane at the moment, as I’m sure it is for a lot of us x

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Brown Is The New Black

This is another piece that I actually have finished for a while. The workshop was just 2 full to move everything to take photos. It’s still full but I finally did some heavyweight moving and tidying πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I saw this beautiful material in Fabric Outlet in Newbridge and fell in love with it. Now I did actually think it was black at the time but it was brown when I got home πŸ€”. Nevertheless I just knew it was made for this sideboard. I turned the fabric around for the second drawer and used the most fabulous colour from @ColourtrendPaints called 🎨November Storms. How do people feel around brown paint? I must admit I’m a total convert. I started off using @Farrowandball 🎨Mahogany last year and fell in love and not only that I managed to convert a lot of people in my workshops too.
Brown is the new Black. You heard it here first πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Chest of Gold

Hot off my TV appearance you would think today would be a day off πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ but unfortunately not. I’m very lucky with what’s happening around us that I still get to work at the moment so I wont complain. This was another of the Kollect furniture deliveries and was snapped up as a commission. I’m loving the new feet on this chest too. Gives it a little extra height. The top was completely sanded back and the varnished with an oak stain. I still have one more of these chests still naked and looking for a revamp and a new home. If you are interested just pm me and you can plan any design you like or you can leave it up to me πŸ˜‰. Dont forget that 10% of these sales will go to charity. Such a change from where they were originally intended to end up. I hope this inspires even more people to think twice before sending furniture to landfill. Second chances end up like this πŸ‘Œ

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TV Star ???

Well that was great fun on Ireland AM. Myself and Ger, Dave and Aarran from Rediscovery Centre doing some upcycling and having the craic.
Ps. It was pointed out that my shirt matched my decoupage. I now regret not buying two shirts and using one of them on the locker πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

These lockers were designed to show off the art of decoupage on furniture. I chose a paper napkin for the top drawer, wallpaper for the middle drawer and fabric for the bottom. 🎨Mucky Swan from Colourtrend Paints
I have decided to not post about the Corona Virus (except this post πŸ˜‚)
I’m sure we all know what we need to do to keep ourselves and everyone around us safe. I’m in a lucky position that this lockdown wont change my day to day life as I’ll still be all alone in my workshop with my paintbrush for company 😁.
I have lots to keep me going. 3 sets of kitchen tables and chairs, 2 Kitchen dressers, 1 bedroom set, 1 retro office desk, 1 tv unit and coffee table. In fact there is a good chance the virus will be well gone before I get through this lot 🀣. Stay safe everyone and for anyone needing toilet roll, I have a large selection of napkins that I may have to sell πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ only €20 per napkin πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‰

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Second Chances

I did say once I had my staging area up I’d bombard with photos. I used gold leaf on this piece and it stands out so beautifully. I am definitely going to start adding this into my workshops in future.
This was a piece delivered to me by Kollect as part of a collaboration to stop so much furniture going to landfill. When you see what can be done to a plain pine chest of drawers you really need to have a good second think about the furniture you are throwing out, especially if it’s in good condition and still functional. This piece is sold already with 10% of all proceeds from Kollect furniture going to a charity. I’ll have another one finished next week and it was the same chest but will be completely different to this one.
Colours used f&b Hague Blue, Custom Green mix from Colourtrend and my all time go to white 🎨Mucky Swan from Colourtrend.