Cato Cooper, our Co-owner, said: “I specialise in restoring furniture and own a painted furniture and home accessories studio and workshop in-store here at The Emporium.
“Restoring a piece of furniture is like giving it a new lease of life and there are so many different things you can do to jazz it up. The majority of my restoration projects are done using Autentico Chalk Paint, which allows me to rejuvenate an old, tired piece and give it a fun and bright coat of paint.
“It’s important to be daring when it comes to restoring or upcycling furniture. I recently painted a veneered mahogany TV table in a contemporary sailor blue shade, which looked fab and very chic. The possibilities are endless. You could incorporate stencilling on a plain piece or use Autentico coloured waxes, which are great for emphasising detail in old pieces.
“Handles on units and cabinets can be replaced also with modern new ones or more traditional looking brass/metal ones.
“A restored piece doesn’t have to have a dramatic change. A light sanding or wax and polish can make a piece of furniture look as good as new again.”