My Year in Review – 2019

Well, the first month of the new decade, 2020, is almost up - time has been a bit of a misnomer for me through 2019 until now and I've just realised how little I managed to get on the keyboard to upkeep my blog for such a very long time. 2019 was a busy year... Continue Reading →

Colour of the Month – Teal

Photo courtesy of Instagram.com/the_painted_bird Teal is a colour that is taking the interior design world by storm. Relatively unknown and unused until recently, these days teal is big news. It is said the name for teal originates from the teal duck, which has this colour around its eyes. A mix of blue and green, but... Continue Reading →

Patience is a golden virtue

Towards the end of 2018 I got some work in that was exciting and different, but never have I had a commission that has caused me such an emotional rollercoaster. Don't get me wrong, the ultimate resulting emotion was one of joy and pride, particularly when my lovely client sent me lots of beautiful photos... Continue Reading →

My Year in Review – 2018

It's almost over folks, another year down and it's been quite a remarkable year in so many ways.  It has, as ever, flown by at an ever increasing rate.  Our climate and weather continued to baffle, amuse, entertain and exasperate us, giving us The Beast from The East at the beginning of the year, followed... Continue Reading →

Back to school

Every so often a piece of work comes my way that really makes me smile.  It might be an unusual piece, an item with a long and intriguing history, some varied paint techniques or bright and cheery colours. And then sometimes a piece of work turns up at The Painted Shack doors which makes me... Continue Reading →

How to stencil like a pro.

  Stencilling is a fun and creative way to add personality and interest to your living space.  When done well it can look stunning.  Furniture, walls, ceilings and canvasses can all be given a new unique look using stencils and a little bit of imagination. There is, however, a knack to achieving good results.  As... Continue Reading →

Chalk it up! My findings of chalk paint.

When I started painting furniture and generally getting involved in furniture renovation I spent days researching techniques, paints and finishes.  What were other furniture renovators doing, what did they use, what are other people getting up to?  I was keen to find out as much as possible and eager to investigate different options for my... Continue Reading →

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