“Just picked up a wardrobe for my daughter that has been restored and looks fantastic I am so pleased with it and more important my daughter loves it! Thank you x” – Alexandra Lawrence
Very exciting news. I just received a text from a friend saying that I had made it into “Inside Kent Magazine”. Lovely to see my website getting out there next to some other fabulous companies.
I’m so sorry that it’s been a fair while since I last blogged. I’ve been busy beavering away however no job has really jumped out at me saying “write about me” until now…..
We moved from London to Kent over the summer into a very old house that needs an enormous amount of work. We’re currently in the middle of planning hell so i can’t really do anything funky to the house right now so I thought I’d start on the kids furniture.
Seb turned 7 in September and I decided I would funk up his wardrobe. It used to be Chloe’s and therefore was painted pink which he wasn’t a fan of. Seb loves his sport and during the Olympics began to realise what it means to be British and therefore it was a no brainer to try and paint a Union Jack on his wardrobe.
I did quite a bit of research into the measurements and angles. I found this link on the fabulous Dovetails Vintage website and it was so so helpful.
Measuring up and placing the masking tape was seriously complicated. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so it definitely had to be just so. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with the end result and it’s the first thing that Seb shows his friends which makes me beyond happy. I hope you like it as much as I do
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