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By Clementene Coates, Jan 7 2016 09:57PM

What a truly wonderful year 2015 was. A couple of years ago I’d never have imagined that I’d leave my legal career behind me to pursue my passion for restoring and painting furniture.

This time last year I had just launched my website and online shop and was about to sell my first piece of furniture. The thought of leaving a career you know so well to start a completely new one can be an extremely daunting one. I made the leap and I haven’t looked back. Not once.

There’s no denying that starting a business from scratch has its challenges, but that’s part and parcel of the journey. And what a journey I’ve had so far!

Of course I couldn’t have done it without the support of my amazing family and friends. In particular I want to thank my fiancé Pete, whose constant support, encouragement, advice (and technical wizardry!) I shall never forget.

I also want to thank my clients who’ve bought my furniture and trusted me to paint their own. Each and every one of you have been an absolute pleasure to work with and I’m overjoyed by your feedback. Last but not least I thank all of the lovely strangers who’ve taken the time to follow my work and who’ve been so generous with their kind comments.

So, to celebrate my first official year as Clementene Coates, I thought I’d take a little look back at some of my most memorable moments of 2015…

* I sold my first piece of furniture, a pretty black and grey bureau I named Beau. And then I sold some more…

* I was commissioned to restore and paint an array of beautiful furniture here in Yorkshire, in the South and as far afield as Scotland…

* I was invited to 10 Downing Street by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to showcase my work to Lord Young, James Caan and the PM himself…

* My business featured in The Yorkshire Post, The Telegraph &Argus and Yorkshire Living Magazine…

* I worked on a fabulous collaboration project with the very talented daughter and mother duo, Stephanie & Michelle Witts of Witts Design

* I collaborated with gifted interior designer, Vanessa Rhodes and Turnpost Four Poster Beds and our work was exhibited at Decorex International in London

* I was asked to be a Features Writer for Country Living Magazine and Reloved Magazine

* And, at long last I got to meet one of my idols, Annie Sloan, THE world's most respected expert in decorative paint, colours and techniques...

For more information about me, my other features and my hand painted furniture business visit my website www.clementenecoates.co.uk and get in touch.

By Clementene Coates, Apr 10 2015 12:01PM

I’m over the moon to share with you the news that I’m in the May issue of the fabulous Reloved Magazine which has just come on sale now.

I did two features: the first is a simple step-by-step guide on painting a piece of furniture...

Whilst the second is my top 30 tips on up-cycling furniture (that may seem like a lot of information to give away, but I’ve still got a lot of secrets up my sleeves! One day, I may share a few more with you!).

I’m thrilled to say that little Teddie the side table / storage chest painted in Annie Sloan’s Graphite and Florence chalk paint has a page all to himself. So proud!

And don’t forget, Teddie has just gone on sale in my online shop on my website.

And for all those Annie Sloan fanatics out there (like me!), Annie is a regular columnist in Reloved Magazine and this month she’s showcasing her new range of stencils which she is launching in spring. Very exciting – I’m going to have to invest! Keep an eye out on Annie's website here

Also, there’s a great interview with the delightful Chris Billinghurst of Ecochicinteriors who talks about redesigning your home in a sustainable and eco-friendly fashion. She’s a legend in the design and creative industry.

So, if you’re interested in being creative and up-cycling for your home, do get a copy. You won’t be disappointed! Visit Reloved Magazine for details on where you can purchase a copy. I got mine from WHSmith.

As always, if you have any questions about me and my work, don’t hesitate to get in touch via my contact page.

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