Happy (not so) New Year…

Apologies for not posting on here for a while… There are two reasons I haven’t posted for a while:

  1. I’ve moved house twice so far this year whilst we’re having our old house rebuilt. Yes, 100% demolished and we currently have new walls going up!
  2. I will soon be launching a new website where you can more clearly read about my business, services and home interiors shop.

Here is a little glimpse of how things are going to look. I will be having a relaunch in Spring, just in time for all those exciting DIY and home improvement plans! So whether you’re sprucing up your decor, thinking about a furniture makeover or looking for beautiful new accessories to add the wow factor to your home, watch this space!

Shelle's Chic



Before… and After!

I like to inspire people to paint as much as possible.

Customers often tell me they struggle to imagine what something might look like painted, or don’t consider themselves creative enough to even consider a furniture transformation.

So… Here is a small selection of my projects – Before and After – to get those creative juices flowing!


An Idiot’s Guide to Chalk Paint

Find your nearest Vintro Chalk Paint Stockist

Being Brave with Colour


Kitchen Makeover

What do you do when you’re fed up with your kitchen, but don’t want to spend thousands of pounds on a new one..?

Paint it!

Vintro Chalk Paint is suitable for all kitchen surfaces, namely cupboards, laminate and tiles and is available in lots of beautiful colours, no matter what your taste.

The owners of this large, modern but tired kitchen wanted a fresh, stylish new look.


They chose Pebble – a stunning oatmeal/taupe neutral – for their cupboards and radiator cover. They then decided to use Supreme Matt Emulsion in ‘Pearl’ for their walls, including the feature wall which previously had black and leaf design wallpaper. And here are the full results.




A wonderful illustration of how Vintro Chalk Paint can be used to transform your furniture and your home…

  • Adheres to any clean surface with no preparation required
  • Low odour
  • Virtually VOC free
  • Dries quickly
  • Wash hands and brushes with warm soapy water – no harsh chemicals
  • Vintro Extreme Lacquer provides the ultimate durability
  • Supreme Matt Emulsion is wipeable and suitable for all rooms including kitchens and bathrooms

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It’s Mellow Yellow

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but yellow is BIG in interiors this year..

It’s popping up all over the place and I have seen some absolutely gorgeous furniture and accessories.

Remember, yellow is a happy colour and is proven to have a positive affect on your mood. So why not bring some sunshine into your home?

Still not sure? Here are some of my favourites – you may just change your mind…

Fern & Grey, Lula Chair, £279


What’s not to love about this chair? Especially as it’s currently reduced from £400.
Buy it here.


Made, Prism Mustard and Grey Bedset, from £35


Yellow and grey is a match made in heaven.
Buy it here.


IKEA, Stockholm Bedside Table, £70


Stylish, practical and a bit of sunshine for your bedroom.
Buy it here.


Oliver Bonas, Picture Frame, £12


Add a small pop of colour with accessories such as this beautiful photo frame.
Buy it here.


John Lewis, Orla Kiely Hen Cushion, £35


Brighten up your sofa, armchair or bed with this chirpy cushion.
Buy it here.


Perch & Parrow, Charlotte Throw, £145


Keep warm with this gorgeous throw or use it decoratively on your bed or sofa.
Buy it here.


IKEA, Stockholm Rug, £160


Simple but stunning this moroccan patterned rug would look fantastic in any room.
Buy it here.


Argos, Heart of House Knitted Pod, £31.99


Use as a footstool or a handy extra place to sit, this knitted pod is bright and beautiful.
Buy it here.


If you’re still not convinced, check out this year’s other colour trends

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What Colour Are You?

As fashionistas are excited about which trends will be hitting the high street in 2017, interiors and homeware brands are also ready to launch new collections, colours and styles.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not one for overhauling my entire wardrobe every year, let alone every season. I can’t afford it and neither would I want to throw out my old favourites.

However, new things will always catch our eye and there’s nothing like jazzing up an outfit you already have with a new bag, maybe a scarf, or some cheap and cheerful jewellery.

Furniture is no different. Most of us wouldn’t dream of redecorating our homes, or replacing the three piece suite, on a whim. But this doesn’t mean you can’t spruce things up or have a facelift.

According to an article from Elle Decor, this year’s range of colours all pick up on personality traits. Confidence, Composure and Comfort are the main drivers with sunshine filled yellows, peaceful blues and greens and charcoal greys. Pink and orange are those essential accent colours to break things up.

Add sunshine to any room with Vintro’s fabulous Sunflower
Sophisticated and composed… French Navy
Bold and beautiful, Nightfall

With this in mind, why not take a look at the Vintro colour chart and think about ways you could jazz up an old piece of furniture or introduce a new colour scheme to add the wow factor to a dreary room?

Almost all Vintro colours* are available in Supreme Matt Emulsion which is suitable for walls and ceilings in any room. If you can’t see the colour you’re looking for, they mix exceptionally well. Contact your local stockist for help and advice.

*Citron and Chocolate are not available in Supreme Matt Emulsion. There isn’t much call for fluorescent yellow or brown…

See all 45 colours in the Vintro range

Chalk paint: The Idiot’s Guide

Ideas for upcycling old furniture



In The Navy

Vintro Chalk Paint are offering something no other Chalk Paint brand do and that is a FREE sample pot with every hand-painted colour chart purchased, at just £2.50.


You may say “but surely colour charts are free?” Unfortunately, most chalk paint manufacturers have to charge a small amount for these charts, because producing them costs money. Larger, more prolific brands like Crown and Dulux can churn them out for free because the production cost, for them, is a drop in the ocean.

So. Back to our free sample pot, which is the stunning French Navy, one of Vintro’s most popular colours – not just in furniture paint but also in their Supreme Matt Emulsion for walls and ceilings.


I’ve recently sold two items done in this colour in quick succession, so I thought I’d show you how fabulous it is.

Painting with French Navy is like dressing something in a posh suit. It’s smart and sophisticated. It’s a fantastic alternative to grey or black if you want something bold but a bit different.

I found this fantastic solid wood Scandi style bench and decided to paint just the top, in French Navy. The legs looked great as they were.

French Navy Sold Wood Bench, £59

The gold handles and trim on this little 1970s cabinet look brilliant against dark blue.

French Navy Retro Cabinet, £70

This wardrobe wasn’t mine but something I was asked to paint for a friend, who was furnishing a rental property and didn’t want to spend a fortune on new stuff.


Again, what was once a pretty boring piece of furniture was transformed by the French Navy, complimenting the 70’s gold handles and simple lines.

If you fancy giving it a try and would like to order a colour chart and free 30ml sample pot, get in touch with me at Postage is £3.00 or you can pop into my shop at Chilvers Coton Craft Centre in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

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Easy Upcycling: Drawers

Drawers. One of the most common and multi-functional pieces of furniture any of us own. They’re also one of the easiest items to upcycle.

If you’ve got a tired old chest of drawers that could do with zuzhing up, here are some of my favourites to help inspire you!

(All images are from Pinterest bar the last one, which was my very own creation).

  1. Colour gradients.


One of the easiest and most effective ways to jazz up a plain chest of drawers is to work between white and a darker colour and do a gradient from top to bottom. Start with white at the top and the other colour at the bottom and then mix them together to create however many shades inbetween. Beautiful!


3. Make a statement


Some things just need a coat of paint. Many people have dowdy, dark furniture that simply needs a bit of love. Go all out and make a statement. Items with unusual detailing or curved edges always come out looking fabulous.


3. Paint and paper


What it says on the tin. Find some paper (could be wallpaper, wrapping paper or decorative paper from a craft shop) and alternate with complimentary colours. Gorgeous.


4. Go Boho


Not a million miles away from the one above, mismatch some vintage inspired paper, cover the drawer fronts and paint the body. Add lots of distressing for a really worn, vintage look.


5. Scandi Chic


If you’re feeling brave, have a go with a large stencil and add some sharp Scandinavian style to a mid-century chest of drawers. Scandi has really made a comeback and even with the simplest of colour schemes, looks amazing.


6. Match it up


Many brands offer matching fabric and wallpaper. So why not match furniture to your curtains or scatter cushions in your bedroom or lounge?


7. Black and gold


Upcycling doesn’t all have to be shabby chic and flowery. Create something opulent like this black and gold chevron chest of drawers.


8. Stencils can work wonders


I love IKEA furniture but if you have drawers like this and you’ve had them for a while, you may be getting a bit bored. Stencils are generally inexpensive, quick and easy to use, especially on plain, flat surfaces.


9. Think of the children (!)


It’s not always about the grown-ups. Make something lovely for your little one’s bedroom with your own artwork or using stencils or transfers.


10. Get the posh knobs in


Turn ugly orange pine into something fun or elegant with new handles. There are literally a million to choose from and they cost as little as £1.50 each. Your only problem will be deciding which ones you like the best!


Other articles:

Say No To Magnolia

An Education in Second Hand Furniture