Monks Bench

Hi everyone, it’s a little chilly in my area today…

So, I’ve been busy in my tiny workshop with a Monks Bench that I picked up in my nearby Charity Shop. Here it is when I got it home.

I sanded it down and painted the piece with Rustoleum Winter Grey. I am going to leave the seat in its raw state. The Lions have been a challenge. Sanding them back then painting them in Winter Grey and sanding again. I them painted a little gold (Rustoleum) into their manes

Next I applied Johnstones Gold Furniture wax to the lions and trims.

The finished piece.


Nest so simple

Hi folks, happy Wednesday! We’ve had a forecast for heavy snow this weekend which is exciting and inconvenient….its auction weekend for me!

So, I’ve completed the nest of tables! It’s been almost traumatic at times but, to put a positive spin on it, I’ve learned a LOT.

As I mentioned in my last post, I was struggling with different toning in the wood, possibly due to uneven staining. An attempt at putting a new stain on just made the lighter patches a little darker and the dark patches even darker…, I sanded it back and went back to the drawing board. I looked online for some inspiration and decided to try a whitewash. I applied the wash and the new stain I’d put on found its way through! Another sanding, some detailed painting on the grain and…wow, I loved it and it did a perfect job. I then attempted decoupage on the smallest table – what a fail! Back to sanding and whitewashing it. It’s taken me so long to complete this project but the lessons have been invaluable. One being that if I want to try something out I should try it on scrap that can be thrown out!

Before and after:

My nest of tables

Happy Monday everyone,

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

I’m working on a nest of 3 tables at the moment and finding it a challenge in sanding the tops. Through the sanding process it is showing that the wood is quite patchy. I’ve no idea what that is about and have spent some time googling but to no avail. I need to find out if it’s the natural wood colour or if its staining thats worn in further in some area’s than others. If the latter is the case then I need to think about staining the table tops to get them even looking. I’m not a fan of gloss varnish and paints so I’ll be thinking about a matt varnish. My worry is that a varnish with colour tone will darken the dark patches more….failing that it will be back to the drawing board and potentially painting it.

I have some decoupage paper ordered and will be looking to give this a go – that could be an alternative to painting the tables if decoupage can cover the colour differences… this space.

I’ve got social media accounts that you can follow me on under relovedbylisa.

I’ve also moved onto the world of Etsy and have taken the leap of offering shipping. This is new for me but I decided that if I want to keep moving forward I’ve got to move out of my comfort zone.

Vintage chairs

Hi everyone

I’ve been working to a couple of chairs that I picked up from a local charity shop. The quality of the chairs were obvious, they just needed some TLC. I sanded them back to bare wood and painted the legs with chalk paint.  I used a clear matt varnish on the wood to keep it protected.  Next was the upholstery! I have never done this before so was a little nervous.  I picked up some chintz cotton from a local material suppliers.  Hey presto…what do you think? I’m putting them up for sale and will edit the post when they sell!


Hello and welcome to my new blog/site.

About me:  I am 43 years old and work full time.  I have 2 children, a husband and a Labrador! For a very long time I’ve thought about what my ideal job would be.  I’m really creative and full of ideas none of which felt clear enough to do anything with.

A few months ago I went to a local auction to look for something I could paint and use as a shoe cabinet.  I found the perfect item, placed a bid and won.  When I collected my lot I found a small table and an old child’s reading bench were part of it

I set to work sanding and painting the cabinet and was delighted with the results.  I then sanded the table and put it to good use.  So….what to do with the bench? I picked up 3 pastel paints from my local DIY store and set about repairing it (with the help of several blogs).  When it was done I put it on the Facebook Marketplace and it was sold within an hour.  I began to think…just maybe.

I went to auction again and found a beautiful drop leaf dining table.  I sanded, waxed, varnished and painted it.  I put it on Facebook Marketplace and it sold within a few hours.  Could I be on to something? Have I found my niche?  The thought of spending all day waist high in sawdust, old furniture and paint fills me with delight!


So, I’m taking a deep breath and putting all my spare time into reloving and upcycling. I’m going to see where it takes me.  Who knows, could I find myself in a position to work part time and follow my passion? Could my passion lead to something full time? Could I have my own business?  Is it do-able?

Join me, let’s see ❤️<<<<<<