• RePurposeful UK

    Creating Beauty in the Ordinary

  • About RePurposeful UK

    How Re-Purposeful UK was Born

    Where It All Began

    The Epiphany

    Hi! I'm Toyin and the founder of RePurposeful UK. Based in South London, RePurposeful UK was born out of a simple idea - beautiful yet affordable, and more importantly, sustainable living.

     

    Imagine if you can a "Challenge Aneka" moment. The task - beautifully furnish my dining room, in one weekend and a budget of £150. I amazingly did it with the help of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and and underlying creativity I didn't know I had. My next challenge was to furnish much of a new Victorian home in South London, with up-cycled pieces for less than £750 - including items I repurposed myself.

     

    This got me thinking, "why don't I help everyone else do this?" So I decided I would do what I love and help bring new life to furniture.

    Learning to Love What You Have

    What I Can Do For You

    RePurposeful UK welcomes the opportunity to bring new life into your furniture. My work is about more than just making something beautiful. Its about encouraging and supporting a sustainable ethos where we 'make do and mend' rather than spend. I repurpose and update vintage furniture items using predominantly Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Farrow and Ball paints.

     

    Typically in the 'shabby chic' style, I can custom paint items you own and may have fallen out of love with, and help give them a true makeover. RePurposeful UK is available for 1-to-1 tutorials as part of any project you may want help in completing.

     

    Have a look at my Projects to see a range of my past work - hopefully this will give you some ideas of what I could do for your furnishings.

    Next Steps

    Get In Touch

    Please contact me to discuss your potential projects and you can email pictures of your furniture using info@repurposeful-uk.com. I will endeavour to come back to you within five working days.

     

    If you would prefer to use your choice of paints to match in with your decor, I can do that too. Local collection and delivery is available for smaller pieces.

     

    For Sale

    Happy Shopping

     

    Have a look at the gallery of my projects in case something catches your eye. All available pieces can be found on my Etsy UK page.

  • My Blog

    Thoughts, Musings, and Rumination About All Things Upcycling

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  • My Projects

    A Few of My Past Projects and Client Commissions

    Culture Collision

     

    I took great pleasure in blending both my British and West African heritages into this project. These vintage regency style chairs experienced a culture clash and bright update using traditional wax print fabric.

     

    Also known as ankara fabric, it hails from West Africa and is influenced by the Dutch wax method for printing on cotton, which in itself was influenced by Indonesia

    Trash to Treasure

    This cabinet was discarded by its previous owner but I could see the potential and that a little 'facelift' could transform it.

     

    Using Farrow & Ball Elephants Breath and Manor House Grey in Estate Eggshell, I was able to take this item from trash to treasure.

     

    This item has now sold and found its way into a new home.

    IKEA Hacking

    Who said flat pack can't be fabulous? IKEA is an affordable solution for furnishings but items are often discarded after a time. I still wanted to achieve a sense of unique furniture - even on a budget!

     

    As shown with this sideboard project, even the dullest item can be made to look unique with a touch of colour.

    Grey Expectations

    This French Oak dining chair was beautifully ornate before its paint transformation using Annie Sloan Paris Grey.

     

    The soft tone sits well against the woven seat and made the intricate designs really stand out.

     

    Available to buy at my Etsy store.

    The Red, White & Blue

    These chairs had become a little unloved but remained solid in their form and in need of a little paint transformation.

     

    Using Farrow & Ball Hague Blue Gloss paint & Annie Sloan Original chalk paint , I was able to provide both with a smart update. This project saw my first use of Annie Sloan to paint fabric, as I used Napoleonic Blue as a great contrast to the colour of the frame.

     

    Both for sale at my Etsy store.

     

    So that "Challenge Aneka" moment I discussed above - here's the outcome! It was my first project and saw me up-cycle my own dining table and chairs to reflect a shabby chic look.

     

    Annie Sloan chalk paint was used and an experiment in colour. As someone with white, stark walls, this was a lesson that the walls were not the only way to introduce colour to a room.

    Mirror, Mirror

     

    This vintage oak mirror was paired with Farrow & Ball Clunch to create a wonderful piece.

     

    The wonderful 'crown' detail was brought to life with simple colour. An item begs to be looked at than looked into!

     

    Available to buy at my Etsy store.

    Benched!

     

    This was once a plain mid century bench in need of a little perk and colour pop.

     

    Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue proved a beautiful contrast to the neutral Old Ochre paint and created a wonderful bench and side table perfect for any home.

     

    Available to purchase now at my Etsy store.

    All White, Old White

     

    My first customer asked me to refresh a number of pieces for their bedroom, which had all turned varying shades of off-white.

     

    Using Annie Sloan Old White, each piece was given a crisp update and created a beautiful suite of bedroom furniture. An easy way to bring lots of individual pieces together to finish off a room.

    Sitting Pretty

     

    A blanket box can be a handy storage option for the home so why not create a dual purpose as additional seating too.

     

    I took the IKEA Hol and in one afternoon was able to add a little more form to its function.

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