Friday, 20 February 2015

Is it Springtime yet?



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Because we're ready for it!


Time to add some colour to those homes, open the windows, let the fresh air in and get some sunshine on those faces. Once you're done with that, why not come over to see what new stock we have in? Or perhaps you're up for learning some new skills this season? Here's our news for this month!

ps: and if you want anyhting painted yellow, just give us a shout ;-)

Upcoming classes

Furniture painting

Learn how to give an unloved piece of furniture a new look using chalk paint and different techniques.

Thursday 26th of March, 10am-1pm
£60 incl materials BOOK THIS CLASS


Basic Upholstery

Learn the basic skills in just one morning and you'll be able to tackle simple seat recovering projects yourself.

Saturday 7th of March, 10am -1pm
£40 incl materials BOOK THIS CLASS


Chair Revamp

Combine furniture painting and basic upholstery in this all-in-one workshop and go home with a whole new set of upcycling skills! £100 incl materials and lunch.

Saturday 14th of March, 10am - 4pm
BOOK THIS CLASS

**All classes are also bookable as one-to-one sessions at £25 per hour**

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Upcycling project: from smelly display cabinet to oriental chic

I don't have much time these days to work on furniture as much as I did on this one, but I think it paid off. I found the display cabinet in a charity shop and it immediately caught my eye. It is always a guess what you come across in these places, but I just knew that this one had potential. Gorgeous carved detailing around the edges, rippled antique glass panels and a design on the doors that reminded me of Japanese patterns.

It was a smelly old thing though and the first thing I did was ripping off the old vinyl lining paper from the back wall, that obviously had been stuck on in the sixties. I considered sticking some kind of patterned paper back on, but then I remembered a patchwork I had been trying to turn into a blanket and never finished, made with a stack of vintage Japanese kimono silks. That would be perfect!

I chose a graphite chalk paint to cover up the dull dark brown varnish on the wood, and lightly brushed some dusky pink over the floral carving on the edging to make it stand out more. The inside I painted with the same pink. A wax and a bit of elbow grease gave the cabinet a nice sheen without becoming too glossy.

It is so satisfying to bring an old discarded piece of furniture back to life and I think that whoever owned it in the past would be pleased to see it being loved again.

Do you like this eye catching cabinet? It is for sale in the shop! Please get in touch if you would like to see it up close.










Friday, 9 January 2015

Make space for a statement sideboard in your home

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People who have visited my shop, or have followed me on social media and this page, will know I have a bit of a sideboard-fetish. I just think they are so timeless and stylish and would make a statement in any modern living room or dining area. Pair it up with some eye catching artwork or blown up photos, your ceramic collection and a nice lamp - and you have a stylish look nailed.

Below the sideboards (and other mid century pieces) I have in stock right now. If you want to have a closer look, please get in touch to make an appointment (no obligation to purchase - viewing is just fine!)





Dark brown, slightly glossy sideboard in good vintage condition. Dimensions 158 x 46 x 75cm. £195.00

Dark brown, slightly glossy sideboard in good vintage condition. Dimensions 158 x 46 x 75cm. £195.00

Handy little teak bookcase with glass sliding doors and one solid side door. SOLD



Teak and glass sideboard /display cabinet. SOLD


Gorgeous light teak McIntosh teak sideboard in good vintage condition SOLD




Glossy tallboy with metallic handles. Dimensions 76 x 39.5 x 104cm. £160.00 (matches the glossy sideboard)


Glossy sideboard/dressing table with metallic handles (matches the tallboy). Dimensions £133 x 40 x 70cm. £160.00



Stunning large McIntosh teak sideboard in a lovely warm teak wood. In great vintage condition. Some faint marks on the top. Dimensions 201 x 46 x 76cm. £395.00



Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Creative space for rent in Lethenty Mill/Inverurie!

Are you looking for a space to teach classes in the Inverurie/Oldmeldrum area? My lovely studio in Lethenty Mill is now available to rent per hour or for longer term. I would help market any classes/events organised by you here.

The space is upstairs, is 6x3m big and has two large work tables. The space is particularly suitable for any sewing/knitting, upholstery, art and crafts classes.


Plenty car parking outside. Please get in touch for details if you are interested!
Email ninasapartment@gmail.com 

Rates £15/h for the first 3 hours. £12.50/h after that.










Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you have had a great holiday and are ready to start 2015. After a little break the shop will be open for appointments again as usual. We are also open tomorrow, Saturday the 3rd of January, from 10am to 2pm. 

Items currently in stock: 1960s sideboards, dressing tables, chests of drawers, coffee tables, trunks, wardrobes, chairs, oriental rugs and vintage lighting.

We hope to see you soon!

NB: we accept cash only at the moment, so please bear this in mind when you visit :-) Thanks!