A very big thank you to the wonderful Revived London for this amazing wedding present for my best friend and her new husband! The mirror looked incredible and they love it!!! I need to have one made for me now!! thank you x
My children love their vintage desk taking pride of place in their bedroom – and quite frankly more to the point so do I! Not only does is look stunning but the girls can’t wait to sit at it to do their homework – result!
Ros James, Cirencester
Hi Sally. Thank you so much for the One Direction ‘A’. It was a huge success, Amelia and her friends absolutely loved it. I think you may get orders for more…..! Thank you also for turning it around so quickly and digging me out of a birthday present hole. Tanya
Hi just wanted to recommend Sally’s furniture restoration services – I’d been looking for someone for ages to help out with some chests which are much loved but needed a revamp. Sally did a beautiful job of painting, distressing and waxing them using Annie Sloan paint and I’m just delighted with the results. As she’s local, it was easy to pop in to see how the projects were evolving and she ensured the end result was exactly what I was looking for.
Very reasonably priced as well. I’m just waiting for her next free slot so that she can do another for me!
Amber, East Dulwich
I wanted a unique revived desk and that’s exactly what Sally made for me. Sally was very responsive and very helpful; finding the perfect desk (with specific measurements) and then taking the time to understand how I wanted it to be revived, offering lots of suggestions. I would definitely recommend Revived London to anyone looking for something unique!
It’s been a year now that I’ve been reviving furniture for other people and I’ve been loving every minute of. I’m learning something new everyday by going on courses, reading blogs, watching You Tube videos, practising and most importantly making mistakes.
However the lesson that is the hardest that I’ve learnt is knowing when not to paint.
I’m given so many old, new, broken or just un loved pieces of furniture the majority of which definitely need a good overhaul.
However for my birthday my husband bought me the most gorgeous Edwardian writing desk. It’s just perfect and I love it enormously. When he bought it he knew I’d love the shape and style but he was unsure as to whether I would want to leave as is or to paint it.
It was a very easy decision. I have left as is. The wood is truly beautiful and I LOVE it.
Sometimes however the decision isn’t so easy. If a client wants something revived I will obviously oblige but a few weeks ago I had to truthfully turn and say what a beautiful piece of furniture something was and that I wouldn’t touch it. Although I lost out on a job (and money) they listened to my advice and are now very happy to keep it untouched.
Have you ever revived something and regretted it? Fingers crossed I don’t ever make that mistake
Thanks as always for reading.
Despite loving the shape of our coffee table, we were going to get rid of it as it was covered in scratches. Revive restored it to good as new and saved us a fortune. All within a week. A great job – thank you!
Shellie Peters, Herne Hill
I highly recommend Sally’s wonderful pieces of Revived furniture! I bought a gorgeous upcycled chest of drawers for my eco-minded brother for his wedding present. Perfect gifts for environmentally conscious friends
Miriam Law-Smith, Ireland
I was contacted by Fran asking me to source a desk for them. She didn’t know what she wanted done with it but we felt if I sourced something that would fit her space first it would then be easier for us to come up with inspiration.
After scouring my usual auctions and websites, I came lucky on Gumtree. A gorgeous Georgian style writing desk at quite a reasonable price. I went and picked it up and saw why it was so reasonable. The previous owner had damaged the leather inlay and it was definitely too worse for wear for me to repair (I’m gutted as I totally forgot to take a before photo).
When I got it home I gave Fran a ring to explain about the damage but said it didn’t matter as we could decoupage paper/material over the top instead so that the desk still had the extra detail that made it so attractive in the first place.
We discussed maps, material etc but it was Fran that suggested old paper cuttings. What a great idea. She sourced 2 plastic bags full of fabulously old and worn newspapers from over the past 60 odd years. Luckily for me she wasn’t too fussed as to what she definitely wanted except for it to be a mixture of headlines and stories.
Since I started Revived I’ve been doing a lot of research as to how I can increase my “fan base” – ie the people who read my blog, Facebook fans and Twitter followers.
I never realised how important it was for businesses nowadays to be so prominent on social media but it is. The amount of sales I’ve made through Facebook to someone who wasn’t a “fan” is quite huge. Someone else liked or commented on something that I had posted and in turn their “friends” saw it on their timeline et voila, a new fan and maybe a new sale. It’s bonkers really but it works.