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Upcycling, Our Antiques and Arundel

We like to keep antique
 and vintage pieces as near to original as we can.

Sometimes though.....
things need a helping hand
(don't we all?)

We paint and decorate with decoupage, using 19th-century images.

Here's what we did with that pile of vintage enamel buckets and tubs.

sometimes we gild and then decoupage

we start with this

and wind up with this

lots of work yes...but satisfying

and sometimes I get help.....

and sometimes I don't.

We do the same work on English Victorian bamboo

These little tables have been around for a long time.
Many since about 1880.

So it's not surprising they sometimes look a little down at heel.

We sturdy and clean them.
Then paint and decorate.

Ready for the next 100 years.

Bamboo furniture was made all over England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
This site is fascinating.

It lists the factories and dates they were in operation.

these are 1940's English deed boxes

They scrubbed up rather well.

quality control is important

 Yes, she's okayed it.

I found this in an antique market in Lewes

and this is how it looked afterwards
It's gone off to a new life in the USA.

and chests of drawers

that start out like this

and end up like this

or this....

they've also been on the 4th floor of Liberty London

and in magazines

Sometimes we work on pieces especially for a magazine shoot

oh by the way

I went to
Arun Business of the Year Awards.

Best small business of 1-5 employees

exciting hey?


Arundel is surely one of the most beautiful towns on the south coast of England.

We are lucky enough to live and work there.

Every morning Elsa and I do a long walk...

(Benefits of self-employment)


 across country

this is Arundel Park, part of the estate.

"Somewhere over the rainbow"

this is Elsa

just over a year old...we nearly lost a grass seed that went into her leg and migrated to her spine

She couldn't walk at one point.
Or feed herself.
Or even lift her head.
Just the slightest flick of the tail.

Look at her now.

Here's the story

If you've never been to Arundel it's well worth a visit.

The next big event in town is Arundel By Candlelight

Saturday 7th December, midday to 7pm

Here are all the details.

by the way
Heres our FB page

It's not just the decoupage we do.
We have a warehouse /showroom
full of English and French antique furniture.

(It's hidden behind Arundel Co-op just five minutes walk from Arundel High Street.)

My husband Nass, (in spite of MS) lugs furniture,
re-displays the shop regularly,
and goes buying at fairs at silly o'clock in the morning.

(I'm in awe of him, but don't tell him I said so)

He's been known to run marathons for charity.
and when his legs weren't too good so he couldn't run....what did he do?

Cycled 56 miles on the London to Brighton Cycle run.
He had never cycled in his life.
Did it for The Brain Tumour Charity in support of friends.

Bought a bike the week before, wobbled down Mill Road Arundel, to the Black Rabbit pub three times.
Boarded the train to London and did it.

Don't ask me ... I will never ever know.

All our latest
 English and French antiques
 can be found on The Hoarde

Heres a little sample.

Have a great day