For those keen to embrace the shabby-chic trend and upcycle pre-loved furniture, the go-to place is Love Restored – situated on the High Street. In fact, such is the love for this independent home and interiors business that customers travel from across the country to benefit from owners Nadia and Lorraine’s keen eye for beautiful home interiors.
For Nadia and Lorraine it all started when they wanted to have furniture in their home that was a little bit different, with some character and history, as they felt that modern furniture just didn’t create the style and robustness that they needed in their homes. To make it affordable, personal and sustainable they decided to source second-hand furniture and restore it themselves.
On seeing each piece, friends and family asked them to upcycle furniture for them, and from there their passion and hobby grew: they left their jobs … and Love Restored was born. Four years later they now offer hand-painted furniture and upholstery services from their shop in Kirkcaldy’s Merchants’ Quarter which also sells a great selection of quirky homeware, candles and gifts.
Love Restored are proud stockists of Annie Sloan Paint – ‘The paint that doesn’t need priming or doesn’t require sanding’ – saving time and money when it comes to painting furniture. Annie Sloan only works with independent businesses who go through a rigorous selection process as well as continued training and development. And at Love Restored, Nadia and Lorraine generously share that knowledge through their painting workshops. Their ‘Essential Painting workshop’ teaches you how to create a distressed look, an aged textured look and a modern flat paint finish…and then lets you loose with Annie Sloan’s beautiful stencils.
Next you can move on to the Advanced Workshop, learning how to use coloured leaf and decoupaged images as well as about colour mixing. The aim of the workshops is to help build confidence in using the paint and waxes, so participants can go home and have fun on their own projects. This year they have also introduced new workshops where you can revamp a chair … or even a footstool!
You only need to have a look at the Love Restored Facebook page to see how loyal their customers are: consistently, they rate the business with 5 stars. Nadia and Lorraine are always ready to greet their customers with a smile, tons of enthusiasm and creativity and lots of advice and ideas on how to paint furniture.
Lorraine says: ‘We firmly believe that customer experience is at the heart of our business and our High Street. Love Restored was created to engage and inspire people, and with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint there are endless possibilities for you to be creative.’
Whether you’re revamping your own unloved furniture, or asking Nadia and Lorraine to do it for you, thanks to Love Restored, there are no more excuses for out-dated, yellowing pine furniture!
Call into see them at 292 High Street, Kirkcaldy – or call them on 01592 328531.