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The Upcycled Trading Company blog, keeping you updated on our news, workshops and products.

Trash or Treasure… do you love to upcycle?

Trash or Treasure… do you love to upcycle?

Old Stuff Old Stuff. Those two words tends to conjure up pretty unappealing images don’t they? They shouldn’t, old stuff doesn’t have to suggest unwanted and discarded. If we use our imagination a little to discover potential, old stuff can become reclaimed treasure! ...

How to Get Started: Upcycling Paints and Finishes

How to Get Started: Upcycling Paints and Finishes

Choosing the furniture paint and finishes for your upcycling project, the fun really starts! You've done your preparation properly, you've made sure you have everything you need for a high-quality application. Now you are ready to paint! (Look at our Upcycling Guides...

How to Get Started: Application – Tools and Tips

How to Get Started: Application – Tools and Tips

Upcycling Application - It's time for the fun part! You've made sure your furniture is clean, free of wax, dust and paint. You've organised all the loose parts - screws, hinges, handles. Your working area is clear - excellent. Time to start applying your paints and...

How to Get Started: Preparation – Tools and Tips

How to Get Started: Preparation – Tools and Tips

Upcycling preparation - you've decided you want to start Upcycling, but not sure where to begin. There is a huge range of upcycling tools and products available, so what do you actually need? And what on earth does it all do?! This is my suggestion for an ultimate...

Professional Upcycling – Sustainable and Aspirational

Professional Upcycling – Sustainable and Aspirational

The world of upcycling has come a long way in recent years.  It was once all about the easy to live with and easily achievable shabby chic style – and it was everywhere! It’s still popular but more recently we’ve seen a move towards the flawless finish, glamorous...

So that was summer then!

So that was summer then!

It’s been a great summer albeit a bit odd due to the pandemic. Furniture painters have been shopping for new products as well as the usual favourites. Tourists and locals have been discovering unique locally handmade gifts and accessories, upcycled furniture has been...

Essentials For Your Furniture Painting Project

Essentials For Your Furniture Painting Project

It’s almost 6 weeks since I opened the shop on The Old High Street in Folkestone and I’m absolutely loving it!  I’m new to the area so I’ve heard how amazing the place is from customers and other businesses on The Old High Street. There’s a great vibe even during...

Preparing for a new normal

Preparing for a new normal

As some businesses gradually move towards re-opening it’s starting to feel like opening the shop isn’t too far off now. So, i’m thinking ahead to processes to be put in place to keep everyone safe. There will be hand sanitiser at the door and social distancing rules...

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans

John Lennon famously said “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” No doubt we were all making our own plans just as Covid-19 suddenly became a bigger problem than most of us realised. My personal plan was to open a shop in Folkestone Creative...

New studio, new workshops, new wheels!

It’s almost a month since relocating to Folkestone and it’s absolutely flown by!  There’s progress on the Studio which will be the place to find me to discuss any upcycling commissions, workshops or to view any furniture for sale.  You can also visit to...

The shop

48 The Old High St, Folkestone CT20 1RN

The studio

The Studio, Yard Farm, Lyminge CT18 8EL
01303 254259