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By Clementene Coates, Jan 4 2017 04:52PM

Wishing you all a very happy (albeit slightly belated) New Year!

As I was working up until the 11th hour before Christmas Eve, I made a conscious decision to put social media to one side for a couple of weeks (there are a few of us out there who can do this, although we are a rarity!) to focus on my very lovely family and of course my two gorgeous greyhounds, posing here for a business photo-shoot...

2016 was a very busy year for me:

• chock-full of commission work (from both my little studio and across the U.K.)

• as well as sales of my painted pieces from my online shop

• one of my painted creations (a beautiful bed post) was exhibited at Olympia in London with House & Garden Magazine as part of interior designer Vanessa Rhodes' very successfull company Turnpost Luxury Four Poster Bed

• I wrote a number of 'upcycling' features for Country Living Magazine

• they invited to put on a number of live painting demonstrations at the Country Living Christmas Fair in Harrogate; and

• I found the perfect venue to hold my new Furniture Painting Classes here in beautiful Yorkshire, the first to take place in February this year...

I was also immensely proud to publish my first online brochure. It was a labour of love, but worth every second as it showcases my painted portfolio, collaborations and my reviews...

As you are probably well aware by now, I love what I do for a living. To me this isn't just a way to make money (although that is of course a necessity!); it’s a way of life and I couldn’t feel happier or indeed luckier to be doing what I do each working day.

Without fail I put the same amount of energy and focus on every piece I paint, whether it’s for my online shop, a commission project or for my own home. My painted furniture is a reflection of me and I’m thrilled that people recognise the efforts I go to to create my beautiful, unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Over the past 12 months I've seen a flood of photographs of other people's painted furniture projects. Particularly with regards to those posted by ‘professionals’, more often than not I’m absolutely baffled at how quickly they can complete a piece e.g. a large sideboard from start to finish in a day! That’s right, in a day!

With the best will in the world, in following the correct methods for professionally restoring and painting a piece of furniture, one cannot turn a piece around in such a short space of time and create a professional finish which will last. Cleaning products, primer (if used), paint and sealer (varnish or wax) simply cannot dry that quickly, even with a small army of heaters pointed at it! I dread to think of the quality of the brushwork. Even the random stroke brushwork is meant to be purposeful and not slapped on. I know I'm a perfectionist, but in my line of work, that's a good thing!

I take a tremendous amount of pride in my craft. I don’t rush a job, but I do work quickly and methodically and I’m proud of each and every piece I complete and I’m very proud to say my clients recognise this. On that note, I wanted to share a really lovely review I received from one of my clients just before Christmas about the furniture I transformed below…

“Hi Clementene

I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that all my furniture has arrived safely. Thank you so much for doing such a fantastic job on my old furniture. Thanks to your talents it now has a whole new lease of life! The colour and finish look amazing and they’ve transformed my bedroom into a lovely, sophisticated place to relax and unwind. I’m sure the cost of purchasing furniture of this quality would have been very expensive. The service you have offered from collection, colour choice and re-delivery have been brilliant and it’s been a pleasure from start to finish. Many thanks again for breathing new life into much loved furniture.

Once again many thanks and Merry Christmas.

Kind regards, Lee.”

Receiving reviews like this make all that hard work, time, effort and attention to detail so worthwhile.

Here’s to another year of many more fabulous painted creations…

Wishing you all the very best for 2017!

Best wishes

Clementene Coates


If you or your client has furniture which is in need of a facelift, or you want me to source some furniture and paint it in your chosen colour and finish, do not hesitate to get in touch by email [email protected] or phone 07786 163 010.

By Clementene Coates, Nov 30 2016 06:38PM

It’s been a while since I last posted a blog. I love to blog and share my painting tips and tricks with my lovely followers, but I’ve been so busy these past few months with painting furniture for commission projects and my online shop, that I haven’t had the time to put pen to paper as it were. If only I could squeeze everything I want to do into a day!

Nevertheless, I can’t miss this wonderful opportunity to write about the fabulous forthcoming Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair, which is taking place at the Harrogate International Centre between 1 - 4 of December.

I was thrilled to be asked by the Country Living team to do a series of painting demonstrations on the Country Living Lifestyle Theatre (every day between 12 - 12:30pm in the Lifestyle Theatre!). I’ve done live painting demos at the Country Living fairs before and it’s always such a thrill to see the visitors’ reactions as the transformations unfold.

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of the year and it’s the perfect opportunity to make handmade gifts for my loved ones and decorate my home with all sorts of lovely festive creations.


This year I’ll be showing the visitors how to upcycle and paint simple, plain wooden candlestick holders using two different painting techniques for a beautiful festive twist:

Limewash Effect – perfect for wood with an open grain (e.g. oak, chestnut and ash). This effect enhances the beauty of the grain and softens the colour of the wood

Two-colour Distress Effect – where one colour is painted over the top of another and then the second coat is lightly sanded in small areas to expose the contrasting colour underneath

I’ll also be showing off some candlesticks and a candelabra I painted earlier (as pictured below)!

Here I used a range of different techniques including dry brushing, cracking the paint for a craquelure effect and gilding with gold leaf and gilding wax.


I’ve used / will be using a range of different branded products to transform the candlesticks and candelabra.

I want to avoid listing the exact products I used on each piece to show people that there are many wonderful things they can do with a range of different branded products and they shouldn’t feel restricted to using just one particular brand.

In some cases, I’ll be using several different branded products on one piece to achieve the look I want.

It may be that you have some of the products I’ve listed below to hand, you may be familiar with others, you might not like certain ones, or you may only want to spend a certain amount of money on a product bearing in mind that some are more expensive than others.

As a professional furniture painter who does commission work, I’m regularly asked to use a range of different paints from Little Greene Paint Company, Farrow & Ball to Zoffany. Depending upon what project I’m doing (e.g. a kitchen) I may advise my clients to use a fine quality trade paint, but for the purposes of small projects like this you don’t need to over complicate things.

Provided that you’re using the right products for the job (e.g. a water based chalk paint with a water based varnish) then you can choose the brand(s) that suit you best.

Here’s a list of the products I used on the candlesticks and candelabra:

• Paints (on wood): Colourman Paint, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint, Marston & Langinger Chalky Matt, Vintro Chalk Paint

• Paint (on metal): Autentico Versante Eggshell, Valspar Gloss Black Spray Paint

• Sealants: Annie Sloan Clear Wax, Autentico Dark Wax, Polyvine Wax Finish Varnish, Polyvine Varnish Gloss

• Specialist Finishes: Autentico Crackle Glaze, Gedeo Gold Leaves & Gilding Paste, Pebeo Gilding Wax, PlastiKote Fast Dry Gold Enamel Spray Paint, Rub ‘n’ Buff Gold Leaf Gilding Wax

I know it’s an obvious thing to say, but always make sure you read the product guidelines carefully!


I’m delighted to announce that I’m now offering FURNITURE PAINTING CLASSES here in the picturesque county of Yorkshire.

In recent years furniture painting has become a global phenomenon and a fabulous time to acquire a wonderful new skill. There's a plethora of advice on how to paint furniture, which can be very overwhelming and at times misleading.

After receiving many requests from people wanting to learn from a professional, I’ve decided to share my knowledge, skills and expertise in my own furniture painting classes to give first time painters and those with a basic understanding of furniture painting the very best tips and techniques for painting their own furniture.

I’ll be teaching a range of classic and artistic skills using an array of different products so you can confidently transform your own old, outdated or modern, plain furniture into beautiful and unique pieces which you can be proud of.

It’s a 1 DAY COURSE which is hands-on, interactive and most importantly fun! You’ll learn everything from:

• texturing paint

• two-colour distressing

• mixing colour washes and tinted waxes

• cracking paint with craquelure

• dècoupage

• stencilling

• gilding with gold and silver leaf

You’ll also enjoy a lunch of delicious sandwiches, cake and biscuits from the world famous Bettys.

If you're interested in knowing more, take a look at my new FURNITURE PAINTING CLASS webpage and book a place!

GIFT VOUCHERS and BESPOKE FURNITURE PAINTING CLASSES are also available. Take a look at my website for more details


As it is Christmas and the season of giving, I’m thrilled to announce my fabulous COMPETITION to win:

• The beautiful upcycled HAND PAINTED BLACK & GOLD CANDELABRA (pictured above)


• A ***FREE*** FURNITURE PAINTING CLASS with me at a beautiful venue here in Yorkshire.

To ENTER all you need to do is LIKE, COMMENT ON and SHARE THIS POST. Simple!

The WINNERS will be announced on 18 DECEMBER 2018.

Wishing you all best of luck. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Very best wishes

Clementene Coates x


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