Dress Up Your Furniture with Appliques

Furniture appliques! Heard of them? Used them? Love them?

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We all know I’m partial to a turned leg, a beautiful piece of fretwork or carved details on doors and drawers, but furniture with these gems aren’t always abundant, and when you do find them they generally come with a price tag to match! This is where appliques come in – they’re an affordable way to give your piece some creative details.

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At Paisley Vintage we stock Efex Decorative Mouldings, which are latex appliques for furniture. Being made out of latex means that they can be easily manipulated; you can stretch or bend them to fill a space or cut them down to size. I’ve found they are best adhered with Selley’s Kwik Grip, which you can easily pickup at supermarkets and hardware stores.

Using the right glue to adhere them, you can use them on furniture, mirrors, frames; the options are endless!

 

The dresser above is one of my recent projects; a lovely lingerie chest that I thought could do with a little more detail. The drops used just add another dimension, and are easily painted and waxed using Annie Sloan products.

I’ve also used them on plain terracotta pots, giving them a lovely soft look. These are also part of our Gilding and Applique class, a two hour workshop where you can learn how to use both products and take away two beautiful decorated decor items for your home. If you’d like to book in to a class, check out our workshop schedule here.

As part of my End of Financial Year sale appliques are currently 15% off until Saturday. Get in quick, our offer only applies while stock last and is not available on special orders.

Catherine xx

 

 

 

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A Few Things to be Grateful For…

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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.

Catherine

PS. Check out my holiday opening times here.

 

 

 

 

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Christmas / New Year Store Hours

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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

 

 

We’re Moving!

I’ve got great news – we’re moving! I’m so excited by the next stage in the Paisley Vintage adventure, and can’t wait to get into the new space. This is what she looks like now, our new home away from home – 13A Stella Street Long Jetty.

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We’re not going far – only two streets away in fact! But the new shop is a little bigger, a lot brighter, and has a separate space for classes. There’s also a lovely big shed… which I have some exciting plans for! I can’t say too much yet, but if you love a good rummage, then stay tuned!

Our last day of trading in Pacific Street will be Saturday July 2. We will then be closed, relocating all our wonderful goodies (and bringing in lots of new things too!) and reopening on Saturday July 9. During the time we are closed if you need something specific please call me on 0407 458 950 and make an appointment. I will be running between shops but very happy to oblige!

All our contact details remain the same, just in a shiny new location. Hope you’ll come visit and check out our new space!

Catherine xxx

 

 

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Supporting Small Business

A few weeks ago a fellow small business owner posted the quote below – a well known and loved retailer was very sadly closing her doors for the last time.

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Small business is hard. Paisley Vintage is a one woman show and while living out this dream is amazing, it’s also scary and a lot of hard work. When you take the leap and open a bricks and mortar store there are weeks when your wings falter and you feel your stomach drop. You hear that a business you thought was successful is trying to trade out of disaster, or worse still, closing. And you worry that you might be on the same path.

Small businesses need the support of their community. It’s vital. As part of the Long Jetty strip I’ve found a creative community of small businesses that are rejuvenating a once very sad and tired area. The founding businesses such as Beautiful Garbage, The Glass Onion and The Sound Exchange brought people back to the area, and laid the ground work for businesses like mine to begin. And even more than that, they make an important contribution to the area; providing employment, improving real estate values and creating community.

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So when you can, please support a small business. Keep them in mind when you’re ready to make a purchase. Big or small. Winter is a notoriously difficult time for retailers, so if you can make a purchase, shop local and shop small. Every time you buy from a independent store you’re helping a family, contributing to a community and supporting the local economy.

But making a purchase isn’t the only way you can show your support. There are other ways you can support them to, all of which are appreciated. Here’s how –

  • If you use social media, like Facebook or Instagram, make sure you go and like their pages, and visit them regularly.

 

  • Both Facebook and Instagram work on an algorithm, meaning that not every post your favourite businesses share will end up in your feed. Why? Well, businesses are ‘encouraged’ to pay for that privilege, for every one of their likers to see their posts, and believe me, that isn’t always in our budget. While that might be doable for Woolworths, your local small business isn’t quite working on the same marketing budget! So when you do see posts for small businesses, like them! Or better yet, leave a comment and let them know what you think. Or you could even share the post with your friends.

 

  • Does the small business have a blog (like this one)? When you’ve got five minutes hop on over and have a read. If you can leave a comment, do!

 

  • If you’re on Facebook, leave a small business a review. A 5 star rating means that small business will rate higher in Facebook’s algorithms. There are other pages and sites where you can leave customer experience reviews, go ahead and give your favourite a shout out!

 

  • Tell your friends. Speak positively about those small businesses you love and take your friends to visit.

 

  • See an opportunity for a small business? Tell them!! I regularly get messages from people who have seen great furniture in op-shops, or have heard of of someone selling items that would be perfect for Paisley Vintage. I appreciate each and every one of those referrals, even if it goes no where. The fact that those people were kind enough to think of me and my small business is wonderful.

 

I love my business and feel so grateful that I’m able to do what I love, and share it with others. I appreciate all the support you’ve shown me to date, and hope you will continue to do so. I have some exciting news to share in the next week or so, so please stay tuned!

Catherine

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This month at Paisley Vintage

The last few weeks at Paisley Vintage have been crazy busy; loads of little projects were finished, a class or two were held and a lovely market was run, all of which I’m so grateful for, but I’ll definitely be glad for a quieter week or two asap! So I thought I’d share a few of the things that have gone on this month…

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I’ve been working on a number of commission pieces of late, starting with this stunning armiore in Pure White. It drew a flurry of Facebook love with was very kind, and I was definitely happy to stand back and admire my work with this one! I’ve written a little about Pure White before (you can find out more here) and if you’re familiar with it yourself you’ll know if can require a few more coats that other colours. But the result is so worth it!

Pure White Hall Stand

Another commission piece, but I had a few offers on this one! Another Pure White makeover, this piece was so beautifully made, and with that little bit of paint and light distressing came up beautifully.

Buffet and Hutch

Last but not least, this girl is so stunning, she was definitely hard to give back! French Linen is just one of my favourites, I often see more green than grey on certain pieces; to me it’s sophisticated and just has character! There are glass shelves for the hutch which will look beautiful, I can’t wait to see it back in it’s home. (And yes, that is my daughter Emma in the reflection! Every photo I took had her somewhere pulling faces!)

Market Stall collage

The French Country Market was also on this month. Such an amazing event, if you  haven’t been before you should definitely try to go along. Even if you’re not a Francophile (but lets face it, there aren’t many of us who don’t love a little something French, even if it’s just cheese!) the array of stalls, the atmosphere, and the food are all amazing. In the photo on the right you can see three of four chairs I painted up especially for the market – they are definitely one the favourite things I’ve worked on and they went off to a lovely new home immediately. You know I’m a blue girl, and they just hit the spot perfectly. I’ve written about the French Country Market before over here. The next one of scheduled for November 12, so put it in your diary!

Phew! so busy, but so grateful. Last night I picked up two car loads of furniture from a very lovely lady, so the shop will be brimming with newbies in the coming weeks. Why not come in and say hello!

Catherine xxx

 

 

Christmas Gift Guide 2015

This week I’m holding my first Christmas Shopping Night in store. I’m looking forward to celebrating with some of the great customers I’ve met over the last three months, and meeting a few new ones too! Many of the retailers in Long Jetty are participating, so you can have a lovely wander round the area, have a bite to eat and get some of your Christmas Shopping done. And better yet, if you spend over $75 at Paisley Vintage you will get 10% off! If you’d like to come along, please do! It’s starts from 6pm, and finishes around 8.30pm.

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So to get you started on your Christmas shopping I thought I would share with you some of my favourite gift ideas that are available in store… so here’s the 2015 Paisley Vintage Christmas Gift Guide!

Wishlist from Paisley Vintage1. These canisters from Habitat 101 are such beautiful colours I could just take one of everything! I love gifts with a multitude of uses – these have a seal so are perfect for tea or coffee, but are equally beautiful for a bathroom or bedroom. Prices start at $13.95.

2. I love the cool look of cement, and these geometric clocks can be used on the wall or shelf. And of course, you know these can be painted! These are $59.95

3. I’ve fallen for these pine cones. I know… it’s a little strange to feel this way about a wooden decorative item, but I just love them. They sit in a basket in store and make me smile whenever they catch my eye. On a sideboard or as a center piece these are perfect. They’re $39.95.

4. There are a great selection of cushions in store, including these beauties from Marmoset Found. The green is so beautifully fresh, but there are styles and colours to suit most decors. Starting at $59.95

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5. Did you know we have gift vouchers? Available in any value you choose and valid for six months, a gift voucher is a perfect option for someone who might be hard to buy for… Or better yet, if you’ve got a friend dying to try out Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, or one of our Workshops, a voucher is a great way to get them started.

6. If your friend or family member is a die hard Annie Sloan fan, why not get them some paint? Or better yet, some brushes? The better the quality of your brushes the better the quality of your finish. Many people start out using brushes they have at home, so why not treat them to something you know they’ll use? Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan starts at $21, and brushes start at $24.

7. The colours of these vases are devine, and their organic shapes are right on trend. There are three colours and sizes to choose from, starting from $19.99.

8. Adult colouring books are THE present of the year – they are so popular and there are different styles to suit everyone. Starting at $12.99, these are a great Kris Kringle or Teacher gift.

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9. I love interior design books, and there’s a beautiful selection in store. By everyone from Annie Sloan to Sibella Court and Megan Morton, these beautiful books offer amazing inspiration and tips for anyone who loves decorating their home. Starting from $24.99.

10. I never have enough beautiful serving bowls, and these from Marmoset Found come in some lovely pastel colours (the soft mint is definitely my favourite) and their organic shapes are beautiful. From $38.

11. These atriums are perfect for candles, decorations, even a succulent! I love filling these with Christmas baubles for table decorations. From $29.95.

 

So there’s a few Christmas ideas from me. What’s on your Christmas list this year?

Catherine xxx

PS – Got a partner / hubby / wife that needs pointing in the right direction? Send them in with your wishlist and I can them them out!

 

 

 

Chalk Paint Inspiration – Duck Egg

Hello! Gee it’s been a month! I’ve been desperately holding on to November but it seems to be slipping through my fingers pretty quickly. I’ve started decorating the store for Christmas and I’m hoping to share some pictures soon.

This post I’m talking all things Duck Egg Blue, part of a series sharing some inspiration based on the Annie Sloan colour palette. It’s no secret I love this colour (check out my logo!) and it’s been really popular since the store opened in September.

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I’ve always said I’m a blue / green girl, and Duck Egg is certainly one of my go-to colours. A soft greenish blue, in store I find some people are surprised at just how subtle it is, and how versatile. While it is certainly perfect for french inspired interiors, I can equally see it in more coastal and farmhouse styles. It works beautiful with both Pure and Old White, as you can see in a few of my past projects below.

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Speaking of perfect partners, I’ve most recently completed a Duck Egg and Graphite bedside for a client. The combination is just beautiful, quite sophisticated, and I’ve had a number of customers purchase paint to replicate the look at home. Coincidentally, I was asked by a couple of visitors to the store how I achieved an even line round the edges and thought I’d share my tip – For this piece I painted down and over the edges I intended to paint in Graphite with Duck Egg first, so that I was only painting one neat line rather than two. Once the Duck Egg coat was dry I started on the Graphite, using an artists brush on the top edge. It is by now means perfect, it is after all hand painted, but still beautiful.

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The stenciled beauty below is from Finding Silver Pennies, combining Duck Egg and Old White. A simple pattern but a stunning result. You can see more here.

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The project below from Pretty in Paint again shows just how beautiful Duck Egg is with a stained wooden top and a little more distressing. Very country farmhouse and I love it. And while we’re at it, those peonies are just amazing too! You can see more of Bernie’s beautiful work here.

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So what about you – have you used Duck Egg Blue on any of your projects? I’d love for you to share it below.

You can see previous posts in the series below:

Aubusson Blue

 

Catherine xx

 

 

Paisley Vintage Open in Long Jetty

I’m not sure that my head has stopped spinning… it’s been a month and I think I’m still somewhere in the new shop whirlwind. Its been a crazy few weeks, but I wanted to come in here and share a few pictures with you. Paisley Vintage is now open in Long Jetty! Paisley Vintage Open in Long Jetty

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I still pinch myself that I’m here, with a space of my own, doing something I love. Sure there’s hard bits… the financial side of things does my head in… but there’s so many things I’m loving. And even a few that have surprised me.

So many people I’ve met via social media have come in to visit, to finally meet in person and chat about paint and furniture. I’ve had amazing support from friends, and have met some really lovely creative people who want to paint just as much as me!

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I’ve learned so much, and I’ve made a few mistakes a long the way… some big ones too. Luckily nothing that couldn’t be worked around, or that will be permanent. I’m working on my stock levels, styling, window displays, marketing, advertising… so many things I’ve never done before but I’ve been lucky to have had some amazing friends offer guidance along the way. In the lead up to opening I had friends painting sample colours, racing round buying goodies for my open night and scouts letting me know when great furniture was on offer.

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I’m grateful to have joined the Annie Sloan team; so many people have come in having looked for Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan locally and previously come up short. It was a perfect opportunity in the market, especially when I’ve been using the products almost exclusively since they arrived in Australia! And seeing the beautiful projects people have produced with those gorgeous paints, from an Antibes Green upright piano, to a buffet and hutch made over in Old Ochre or bedside tables highlighted with Duck Egg, has been both inspiring and exciting, and reminds me why I wanted to become a stockist. The shop enables me to share my passion with the community, sharing the amazing transformations you can accomplish with just a little bit of time and a tin of paint. I’ve also held my first workshop, sharing my knowledge and experience with people keen to paint their own furniture at home, which was really rewarding and I’m looking forward to the next ones.

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Some great pieces of furniture have gone out to new homes for which I’m grateful, as well as a few pieces perfect for others to paint. And those adult colouring books have been amazingly popular! I’ve been lucky to be able to support some wonderful local creatives by stocking their work, and hope to continue to do so.

If you haven’t been into the shop as yet, please come on in, and don’t forget to introduce yourself. I hope the shop becomes a creative space for people to come and be inspired, share amazing finds (I’ve seen so many cool roadside treasures lately!!) and get creative. I’ve got amazing things coming in all the time, from wood appliques to stencils and beautiful homewares and design books. And there’s ALWAYS new furniture, because you know I can’t pass up a beautiful piece when I see it!!

Catherine

 

 

 

Paisley Vintage Shop and Becoming an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Stockist

I’m so excited to FINALLY be able to share my news – I’m opening a retail shop and becoming an Annie Sloan stockist!

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I’ve spent the last few months searching for the right location, and finally found the perfect space in Long Jetty on the Central Coast. Right now it’s a blank canvas and I’m in the process of transforming the empty box into a store to share furniture and homewares, handmade items, and become the areas first stockist of the Annie Sloan product range.

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Since Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan arrived in Australia I’ve been in love with the product and can’t wait to be the Central Coasts first stockist! I know there are loads of talented painters in my area and I can’t wait to offer the product locally. If you’re a furniture painter on the Central Coast please contact me at catherine@paisleyvintage.com.au as I’ll be holding a special evening for painters in store prior to the grand opening and I’d love to invite you along (and they’ll be a few goodies on offer too!).

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I’m planning to open the Paisley Vintage shop in early September and can’t wait to share it with you, and maybe even see you in store.

Catherine xxx

 

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