A Few Things to be Grateful For…


This time of year, in all the crazy hustle and bustle, it’s nice to take a few minutes…it’s been one crazy year!!!

I’ve had many, many reasons to stop and reflect on the amazing year that has been. My family have continued to love and support me, my children have smiled and laughed, my sister got engaged, I spent time with old friends and new ones, and I continued to build my dream business. Sure I didn’t lose the 20 kilos I’d like to, continue walking every morning (a made a month at the most) or get a new display rack for the appliques, stencils or knobs, but you know what? I can always try again next year!

I have been fortunate to have had lovely customers visit my shop, run classes each and every month, and to move to a lovely new premises. Opportunities have come my way that I will be forever grateful for, I’ve made new friends having bonded over paint, furniture, interiors and Annie Sloan, and talked paint seven days a week and I couldn’t ask for more than that.

Of course there were moments when I worried for the future of my business; retail is a fickle industry and this year some good friends were forced to make serious changes to their businesses in order to keep pursuing their dream. I can tell you it was hard to watch passionate and committed women in these situations and not be overwhelmed by the fear of it happening to me too. Small business is hard, but I know I’m am so very lucky and there are more upsides than down.

This week also marked the very last Tuesday Harry will come along to the shop with me, as he starts Primary School next year. And though there were rough patches (I remember in my very first week in the shop, when Harry was just 3 years old, he fell asleep, had an accident and woke up screaming absolute blue murder. Thank goodness the ladies in the shop at the time were VERY understanding!!!) I know next year when I watch him run off to school I will miss him and our days together. Emma also starts Year Three, though seems to already have the attitude of a 15 year old, and has become really interested in the world of paint and in particular colour. It’s so amazing to share this with my daughter, and has caused me to start thinking about children’s classes for next year.

Which leads me to the future… I have plans for 2017, some big, some small. I have a list, as always, and I need to get things done! My husband Dan will be on long service leave during the first part of the year, so chances are you will see him in and around the shop. I’m also hoping to find someone to work in the shop one day a week too, so that I can actually tick things off the list rather than looking longingly at it!

I do want to take this opportunity to thank you for continuing to support me and my family through Paisley Vintage, whether it’s online or in store, it means a lot to all of us. Please have a wonderful holiday season, and a beautiful start to 2017.


PS. Check out my holiday opening times here.








Christmas / New Year Store Hours



It’s that time of year again, Christmas is almost upon us and we’re all planning for the weeks ahead. To ensure everyone knows when the shop will be open over December and the beginning of January I’m posting the shop hours here. If you’re ever ensure, you’re always welcome to message me via Facebook or email at catherine@paisleyvintage.com.au.

We will be closed between Christmas and New Year however we are not traveling so appointments may be available. Please message me via the means above and I’ll do my best to accommodate you.



Please note the following store opening times over the holidays –

Open 10am till 2.30pm Tuesday to Friday, 10am till 4pm Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday) unless stated below:

  • Saturday December 3 – 10am till 12noon
  • Thursday December 15 – CLOSED
  • Thursday December 22 – 10am till 7pm LATE NIGHT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!
  • Sunday December 25 to Monday January 2 – CLOSED



I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

Catherine xxx



Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Amsterdam Green

Amsterdam Green is one of Annie’s newest Chalk Paint™ colours, and is now available at Paisley Vintage.


The Annie Sloan project below, styled with botanical prints, really highlights the forest green tone, although I’m sure for many Australian’s may instantly think – ‘Federation Green’! Annie has taken inspiration for this colour from the deep green of painted shutters and doors of Amsterdam.



US stockist When Modern Was recently shared the dresser below – I just love the more traditional tone of the piece, and it definitely adds a masculine feel when teamed with the dark wood of the top and drawer edges. And how cute is the little map decoupage on the front – just beautiful!



Last but not least, Steffiex Brocante Atelier shared her own Amsterdam Green projects, shown below. The sign she has created highlights to me that this green is perfect for Christmas decorating – so I need to get painting!




You can check out other posts in this series here –


Aubusson Blue

Country Grey

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk



Louis Blue

Old Ochre


Paris Grey


Pure White


Don’t forget, if you’ve signed up for our newsletter you can get 10% off the price of a tin of Amsterdam Green for the month of November.



PLEASE NOTE – We will be attending the French Country Market at Springfield on November 12. As such, the Long Jetty shop will be closed on that day. In case of inclement weather, please check our Facebook page, or contact us on 0407 458 950.



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