Had a bit of impromptu fun in the shop today when two of my lovely painty lady friends came for a coffee and a catch up. I decided it would be fun to see what three individuals using the same colour paints, the same methods on three identical wooden love hearts would create and how […]
This weekend I drove all the way to Selby in Yorkshire to attend a Frenchic furniture painting course run by the fabulous Linda Karslake from Drab to Fab fame.DRAB TO FAB It reminded me of why it’s so important to do courses. FIND OUR COURSE DATES HERE It renews and reinvigorates your enthusiasm and you learn […]
Paint – Al Fresco This is the perfect time of year to get outside and revamp your garden furniture. We have seen some excellent renovations that have brightened up the garden. Some adventurous painters have to using it in their kitchens and bathrooms as it is water resistant. See my own kitchen make over here Fifi […]
My hubby was most surprised to see our faces on the front page of the Gloucester Gazette today! We simply can’t believe that Stroud District Council would conceive of such a confounding plan to impose parking fees in Wotton-under-Edge. Trading on the high street here is a battle in itself, due to LACK of parking […]
Today’s little project in the shop …. decorating a cardboard box from Hobbycraft to put a birthday present in. In order of appearance I used “Pumpkin Pie”, Easy Crackle, “Lady Grey” Finishing Coat for the decoupage both as the glue and the sealer and then finished off with Browning Wax. Such a joy working with […]
H there, Ginny here, I wanted to share my kitchen now that it is a bit nearer to completion. Fifi was kind enough to paint the units in the Frenchic Furniture Paint. She chose to use the Al Fresco colours as they are durable for a kitchen environment. She used the little bird stencil to […]
Here’s a little video of our lovely little Cotswolds Edge Town. Well worth a visit so many historical sites and independent shops. Wotton Chamber of Trade Information
I’ve managed to twist Fifi’s arm to suggest this poll to see if this is a good idea. I know not everyone is on facebook, so if you think it’s a good idea please contact us on 07904587279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If we get enough takers we’ll probably issue a limited number of invites to […]
See what is new in the shop today. We have lots of new stock. It is still showery up here in Wotton-under-Edge. When will summer be coming? Come up for a visit to Wotton and have a browse and then pop next door to the wonderful Edge Cafe for a delicious lunch. So many wonderful […]
These will be held in the shop studio and will enable participants to pre book a session, where they can come along with their own piece of furniture and paint it using our materials and having the benefit of Fifi in attendance for help and advice. These sessions will cost £20 per hour (minimum 2hours) […]
We get so many questions about the Fabulous Frenchic Paint Products that we thought it may be useful to share Fifi’s expertise here for easy access. I have tried to transcribe Fifi’s answers but there may be some errors or omissions. FIFI what’s the difference in the paints? We’ve got four different ranges. We’ve got […]
I know the snow has now melted but perhaps it is a while since you have ventured out into Wotton-under-edge. We are so happy to see a few more independent shops coming to the high street. There is a variety of home decor shops here now, which makes it more interesting if you have something […]
Here are some photos of a chest of drawers that I bought as a part of a job lot of furniture from a recently closed care home. All the residents had been re-homed into the community and other institutions. Walking around the large collection of buildings was a surreal experience as it was as if […]
Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a veritable feast for the keen antique hunter. Located in the south of France west of Aix en Provence you’ll find this gem of a town. After a fabulous lunch I strolled around like a kid in a candy shop totally loving the antique offerings on sale. Busman’s holiday…. no. Food for my […]
Fifi never really has a day off. We are unable to open the shop today so Fifi has been creative as always. As always we would appreciate it if you could pop across to our You Tube channel and give us a thumbs up, like, share and comment, this helps us extend our news […]
Happy Birthday to us!! Well a year ago today we opened at our lovely shop on the High Street in Wotton-under-Edge. Contrary to today it was a bright sunny day and enabled us to put out the bunting and our furniture on the pavement under the shop windows. Today we have decided to close just […]
We have a wonderful community of businesses and facilities here in Wotton-under-edge. I’ve just heard that we are part of the Gateway to the Cotswolds now, which is good as we are on the Cotswolds Way. We have many Independent Shops on our high street, which makes us stand out from other dull, generic […]
If you want a job done, you have to do it yourself! Fifi, never stops.
This would be our dream school room for our courses. We would love to have a dedicated space to set up our beginner and advanced furniture painting courses. We are putting the message out so see if anyone out there knows of anywhere like this?
The reason I say “Wow” is because when I am doing this website, I am learning as I am going along. It always amazes me when I find a new button to add or remove one, and see what happens. It takes me so long to understand what is going on with the website, but […]
I had to share this, it cracked me up. I suffer from procrastination and I can totally get all these small rituals that delay doing the actual tasks at hand. Shame we all have to be responsible adults all the time.
While she is not super good at technology, Fifi certainly has an eye for interior design and has some great buys to bring back to the shop very soon. Watch this space!
Google Maps is a wonderful resource to businesses. It’s well worth the effort to enter your business on the map, claim and verify it. We are always so grateful when kindly customers visit our map listing and add their photos of the shop from their visit. Better still, if they take the time to write […]
Here Fifi is sharing her top tip of the day for painting wooden mouldings. We stock a variety of wooden mouldings in the shop that can be used to enhance any piece of furniture and painted with the Frenchic Paint. He Fifi demonstrates two paint effects. Let us know what you think? Have you tried […]
This little table looks rather lovely with the chair as it has matching fabric. Painted in “Lady Grey” with “Funky Dora” detailing with French looking fabric applied to top and sealed with four layers of Finishing Coat to protect the surface. H 46 cms Top 50 x 50 cms £75.00 The Chair is fully traditionally […]
Thank you so much Rachel for giving us such a lovely review for the course. I’m so glad that you enjoyed yourself. I was delighted that we were able to match up your colours from the Frenchic Range. We have many more dates booked so we hope we will have many more satisfied customers. We […]
And how fab it is! A subtle alternative to gloss (so yesterday!) it is perfect for painting:- radiators, skirting boards, coving, metal piping, door surrounds even glass etc. and is available in the same 10 colours to complement our fabulous wall paint. It is self-priming, hard wearing and robust and totally on trend with a […]
It’s an old doll’s house on top of a separate chest of drawers that is going to be used as a drinks cabinet in the most beautiful drawing room of my absolute most favourite Georgian pile close to Wotton-under-Edge. Yes I know it seems criminal to paint it but that’s what the client wants and […]
Yesterday I was in my usual mad dash to get this little cabinet finished ready to deliver today to the customer who’d commissioned it and I ran out of Frenchic clear wax. I didn’t have time to drive all the way to Wotton to collect a new tin from the shop so hunted round […]
Always nice to see a finished commission piece in situe in a happy customer’s home. Painted in Frenchic “Wolf Whistle” in textured finish with “Lady Grey” shading, lots of crackle glaze for additional “ageing” and finished with Browning Wax. The customer picked out the yellow and white ceramic knobs to go with the wallpaper
Fifi and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful 2018. We attempt a Facebook live broadcast to express our thanks to everyone who has supported us in 2017. It has been a good year in the new shop at 42 Long Street. We are so glad we made the move because we love being […]
Our Christmas Opening Times will be as follows. Christmas Eve from 10 till 2pm Re-opening on January 2nd 2018 10 till 5pm. We would like to wish all our lovely customers a wonderful Christmas and a Prosperous new year. We hope we see you all again in the New Year.
We sell a range of very amusing cards and a lady came in this morning and said that she “used to be a contortionist”! She had found the perfect card for herself. Just four years ago she was doing fund raiser and she did the “splits” on top of a piano at the age […]
Gift ideas for the painting fanatic in your life. Why not fill a selection a Frenchic Gift bag with your chosen items. Brushes, paint, wax or Frensheen. A starter kit for a new year hobby would be good too. For example :- Original Creme de la Creme 750ml £19.95 Frensheen Gold £6.95 Clear Wax 400ml […]
…. Due to the snowy conditions the shop will be closed today. Apologies but Fifi is a big chicken when it comes to driving in the snow. Hopefully normal service will be resumed tomorrow. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
It was such a fun night in the Wotton under edge High street. So lovely to see so many people out and about, with the street closed off to traffic. We shared many a glass of fizz and mince pies. Thank you to everyone who visited us and made it such a memorable evening. I […]
There is some distortion where the camera is at a close up point, but it gives a view of our three show rooms. Click on the arrow to swipe around the images.
I’m here to ask for your help today. We have noticed that our Trip Advisor entry is not ranked on the Trip advisor site. So would you be so kind as to pop over there and give us a shining review? Wotton under edge is such a pretty destination town with many wonderful venues to […]
We are very happy to announce that we won third prize in the Wotton Window Display competition. Many Thanks to the Wotton Town Council and The Wotton Heritage Centre for organising such a fun competition. We had a lot of help from the lovely Ellie White who supplied and arranged the wonderful winter wonderland theme. […]
Here at Fifi’s Fancy Furniture we usually struggle to get into the Christmas spirit. This year we had some help from the lovely Ellie who came in and put up a beautiful Christmas garland over the fire place. Suddenly we feel much more Christmassy. We have a range of Ellie’s lovely silk flower decorations for […]
There were quite a number of processes involved in completing this piece. I used Frenchic “Posh Nelly” as my base coat all over and then added several different Frenchic colours (some I mixed using dregs from nearly empty tins) and built up layers of textured paint. Using the hairdryer whilst layering the paint on, dries […]
A rather stylish bow fronted display cabinet painted in Frenchic “Panther” with Rustic wax over. The inside has been decoupaged with colour coordinated tissue paper and the shelves striped using Frenchic “Panther”and “Funky Dora” and the detailing picked out using Gold Frensheen. I imagine seeing this in a classy jewellery shop, or Hotel lobby. […]
Sometimes I get asked to participate in an interior design project for friends. This time it was to transform an ordinary magnolia bedroom into a stylish, comfortable and sophisticated bedroom for a guy. It needed to have a focal point so whilst having a look around our marvellous local Wotton Auction Roomshttp://www.wottonauctionrooms.co.uk/calendar.html I spotted a large wonderfully […]
I’m just going to “BIG UP” my sister Fifi for a moment. Of course being her sister and business partner, I am a probably the biggest fan of Fifi’s work and sometimes I have to come in here to our blog and say how I continued to be impressed by her talent. I always expect […]
Put this date in your diary, we will be open and ready to join in the fun. Come and share a glass of fizz and a mince pie. Its always such a fun event and great to see everyone out in the street. Join the facebook page
It is not everyday that one has the good fortune to meet with an artist who is just launching their business. It’s such an exciting phase. There is so much to do and so little time. That is why I wanted to extend my support to urge you to go over and take a look […]
Looking a tad Chinese. In the shop today is the rather unusual sideboard I’ve been painting for the past week or so on and off. For those of you who are interested in the method here goes….. I painted it all over in Frenchic “Flamenco” layering the paint as I went to give a textured […]
We are very proud and excited to introduce you to our brand new unique and gorgeous WASHABLE Chalk Wall Paint! A luxurious, ultra matte chalk wall paint that is velvety, practically odourless, richly pigmented with really superior coverage (just one coat may be sufficient). It is breathable and durable yet still maintains all the beautiful […]