If you are thinking about a bit of a revamp this Spring, why don’t you investigate doing a bit of DIY on your most loved pieces of furniture.

If you like the Shabby Chic look for instance you can restore any of your favourite items for as little as a pot of paint and a brush and a bit of elbow juice.

You could even treat yourself to a day’s course in this specialist craft, with a One day Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ Beginners Workshops – https://www.anniesloan.com/workshops – held one Saturday each month, 10am-2pm at Volcano Coffee House, 40 Martell Rd, London SE21 8EN.  Learn Chalk Paint™ decorative paint basic techniques from paint distressing to gilding and everything in between in small groups in an informal and relaxed environment under the supervision of an instructor trained by Annie Sloan herself. The Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshop is on 17 February.  How exciting is that!


If you would like to buy off the shelf, we stumbled on a brilliant organisation called Restored who have outlets all over the UK but are essentially a Charity. http://www.restoredfurniture.co.uk/ The Restored shops and online business are part of Betel UK, an independent charity dedicated to bringing restoration to the lives of men, women and families who have been affected by drug and alcohol addiction.


Restored specialises in antique, vintage, shabby-chic and retro furniture expertly refinished in Betel’s workshops. Their non-profit stores can be found on high streets across the country and stock a wide range of classic British, Dutch and French furniture as well as new mango wood pieces crafted by residents in their centres in India.

Their furniture and their prices reflect their genuine commitment to their work, both in their workshops and on the streets.

If your taste is less ‘shabby’ and more ‘chic’ then check out some brilliant offers at www.cotswoldco.com who have a free delivery and return policy or www.livingspace.com and www.camerich.co.uk who have seasonal sales. But all are worth visiting all the year round for stylish furniture at excellent prices.

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