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I often get asked… ‘Do you paint furniture for people?’ ie, items that people already own. The answer is YES, I do!

It’s been a busy start to the year and here are some pictures of finished projects, which might help to inspire you if you fancy making any decorative changes to your home this Spring.

Mirror Black to Dove
A black plastic shiny mirror, given a more sophisticated look with our soft Dove Grey

If you’d like to commission an item or get an idea of cost, please contact me on 07776 182079 or email

It helps to have a photo of the item and also measurements.

If you’d like to learn how to do something like this yourself, contact me about upcoming workshop dates or follow me via facebook/shelleschic


Late Summer Workshops

Chalk PaintWorkshops


Here are my late summer workshop dates. These are beginner’s workshops which teach you all you need to know to start using Chalk Paint with confidence and tackle those creative projects! Refreshments are included, plus 10% off any Vintro products purchased on the day:

Wed 30 Aug: 1.30-4pm

Sun 3 Sept: 10-12.30pm

Fri 15 Sept: 1.30-4pm

Tue 19 Sept: 10-12.30pm

Sat 30 Sept: 1.30-4pm


Email me: or call/text: 07776 182079 to book your place!


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!


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Painting Plant Pots

If you’ve ever fancied trying Vintro Chalk Paint, I can highly recommend this little project to get you started. It’s cheap, quick and very satisfying, especially at this time of year!

Most of us have some old, worn terracotta pots in our back garden and if not, you can buy them in all sizes from garden centres from as little as 60p.

I’ve just moved house (in case this escaped you!) and I found several medium sized plain pots in the garden which I thought could do with jazzing up.

Any old pot will do. Vintro will go on just about anything.

Vintro Chalk Paint is incredibly easy to use and can be applied to just about anything, ceramics being one of them. It goes on like a dream and dries quickly. A thin coat will take just 15-20mins, a thicker one 30-40. It’s also VOC free and is therefore safe for kids to use, plus it’s water soluble and so comes off fingers and paint brushes using just soapy water.

Poppy, by Vintro

This stunning colour is called Poppy. A tester pot is just £5.95 and will cover 2 square metres.

My pot needed two coats for a good thick coverage, plus a layer of Extreme Lacquer for extra protection outside. Et voila!

The end result!

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