When I see a piece of dowdy old furniture my mind races off to consider how it might be rescued. I’m quite convinced all furniture can be rescued and given a new lease of life. Given that my first language appears to be ‘fabric’ it won’t surprise you that a lot of my furniture upcycling involves the application of fabric – inset panels were just made for it!
Edwardian mass-reproduction is particularly gratifying to paint and decorate because the lines are so elegant, but I have to say I’m also particularly proud of turning a rather clunky bright blue Ikea CD rack into something more subtle using panels of lovely Toile de Jouy.
Genuine antiques need to be left as they are but there is a lot of servicable furniture out there, which isn’t of any value and yet looks very tired. If you have a some furniture of sentimental or useful value but it just doesn’t suit your style, carefully designing and upcycling is often the solution. My hourly rate is £15.00 and pieces can take anything from a day to a couple of weeks depending on the amount of work involved. I do ask clients to arrange delivery and collection to/from my studio – which is another way of keeping costs down.
Furniture Upcyling Workshops
I do a one-day workshop called Reloving Your Furniture for small groups (between 4+10 people) which is ideal for craft groups. My fee is £200 for the day + cost of hiring the venue if required.
If you are interested in a workshop or would like to commission a piece of furniture to be upcycled, please contact me on 01558 824781.