We Fettling Fairies use our magic to breathe new life into interesting vintage, antique and farmhouse furniture. We produce quality pieces with a first class painted finish, destined to become beloved heirlooms. Our ever-changing range is available to buy online and you can view at our workshops by appointment. We can wave our magic wands over your own cherished furniture, or source items for that special treatment.
We spend many hours searching for special pieces of furniture to work our magic on; when we see the right piece, we buy it and we always have a range of items in stock awaiting preparation. We are constantly collecting chairs so that we can always put the right set with the right table. The Artistic fairy will decide what finish would be most effective for each piece; the Practical fairy can make whatever lasting repairs the item needs. Our varied prepared stock always includes dressers, wardrobes, dressing tables, chests of drawers and of course tables and chairs.
While a good proportion of the furniture items that pass under our wands can be called antique or vintage, the wear and tear they have received during their lives often means they wouldn't have commanded high prices in the sale rooms in their 'brown' state. We treat each piece sympathetically; we don't feel its history should be obliterated - so we don't sand it to within an inch of its life!
We try hard to repair, hide or fill unsightly scars and damage while leaving the little bumps and knocks untouched. We don't follow the current fashion where little or no surface preparation takes place and one coat of (fashionable name) paint is applied - that approach lends itself to the heavily distressed look. It's also quick and easy. We don't do quick and easy! We aim to achieve the best possible painted finish using ecological water-based paints.
We'd like to shout our green credentials, but in honesty we often use a premium Shellac-based primer sealer as our first coat. (See our FAQs for the reason!). Following this coat, we apply one or two coats of special water-based undercoat -most often this is an intense white which adds a translucence to the top coats. We usually then apply two coats or more of acrylic water-based satin paint as a top coat, nearly always supplemented with a coat of water-based matt varnish.
We don't distress our furniture (although we will do so if a customer specifically requests). Most of our pieces are professionally spray painted; a few are hand painted; you should see the finish the Artistic Fairy gets with a tiny brush!