On course with Clementene for furniture restoration Bradford Telegraph and Argus

“UPCYCLING, it seems, is everywhere.
With TV shows such as BBC2u2019s Great Interior Design Challenge showing what can be done with a lick of paint and a creative streak, more and more people are picking up a paintbrush and embarking on their own furniture restoration projects.
And Clementene Coates, specialist professional furniture painter, is passing on her expertise in a series of classes at venues across Yorkshire.
Clementene, from Saltaire, swapped the legal profession to pursue her passion for upcycling and hand painting antique and vintage furniture. A former solicitor, she found her heart lay in interiors and set up her own furniture painting business.
u201cFor as long as I can recall Iu2019ve loved interior design,u201d says Clementene. u201cThe beautiful Yorkshire countryside I grew up in influenced my love of all things rural, from country cottages to rustic farmhouses.u201d
For Clementene, an old, tired piece of furniture is just waiting to be loved. u201cI donu2019t believe in throwing furniture away just because itu2019s a bit dishevelled,u201d she says. u201cOften it has the potential to be transformed into something beautiful and worth cherishing. Some pieces I work on are over 100 years old. As long as furniture is solid and has longevity, I can breathe life into it so it can be treasured – a piece of the past restored for the future.”

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