In 2016 Meldon House & Home was lucky enough to find a painter for our Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. This meant that our buyer could increase her range of purchases for the shop. Instead of just trading onwards finished items, we now source some really interesting stock that needs a refresh. The twist from this being that now we often have somebody painting in store, customers ask whether or not we can paint their items.
This is so much fun, for us and the customers. It gives a real connection between the item, the buyer and us as providers of the service. The owner is able to watch the transformation of a forgotten and unloved item into a much more contemporary piece that forms the heart of room. We are happy to paint such pieces in store, or, for larger items, our painter goes mobile in and around Oxted.
This week alone we've had a dining table, eight chairs, and two South African coffee tables in for painting. Our buyer is off to quote on re-painting a fitted kitchen, and next week two tables are in bound.
Above is the South African coffee table and a sample piece from the kitchen. The table was a bit of a challenge in many ways. Firstly the leather had to be kept paint free. Secondly this was a really oily piece of wood. Whatever we did, the oil would rise through the paint, sealing lacquer or cleaning agent. In the end our painter hit upon the idea of boiling the oil off with an hairdryer, which worked.
What a job this was. A 6ft, round table and eight chairs. As you can see we start from the bottom on all of our projects. It always surprises people to see their piece turned upside down when we start. This is a personal thing to the owner of Meldon; she hates it when people move something, only to see areas left bereft of paint. Hence why our painter is always dusty.....
If you do want to talk about commission work, please call Judie on 01883 716005.