About Us

I’m Michelle, the designer behind Chic Little Haven. I have a passion for redesigning old unloved/unwanted vintage furniture. My interest in furniture design began in 2011 and it has grown into a thriving business. I now offer my services along side my business partner, Nicola from My Tatty Love. Nicola also has over 10 years experience in furniture design as well as upholstery. We have combined our small businesses to form The Furniture Collective. Based at Scarthingwell Courtyard the grounds of Scarthingwell Golf Course, Towton, Tadcaster.

We specialise in giving old, unloved, unwanted furniture a new look through restoration and refinishing. Furniture makeovers giving pieces a new lease of life and saving it from landfill. With over 10 years experience working in the trade we offer a personal unique design service. We work with you to decide on new colours, design and new hardware that will fit with your existing decor or your new decoration plans.We can also take on your existing furniture and give it a makeover to fit in with your decor this includes your kitchen cabinets too. Enquire Here

What We Do

Upcycling, and refinishing old furniture gives a totally new, unique piece, that can give a high-end look, that would normally cost a lot more if bought new. Not forgetting that these days, most new furniture is mass-produced and not made with the quality and love of old, handmade pieces.

We professionally spray as well as hand paint items, as a result, it gives them a flawless finish. Working with quality  paints and products, that I also stock, helps me to advise what best suits each piece.

We offer workshops.We help to teach people how to upcycle, passing on my tried and tested techniques in upcycling and aim to reduce the amount of furniture that ends up in landfills.

How We Do It

We only work with premium quality furniture paints. We currently use and stock what we consider to be three of the best paint brands available in the UK. Our choices are the result of many years of experimenting with numerous paint brands and finishes. We chose Fusion Mineral Paint for its high quality, eco-friendly ingredients and 100% Acrylic resin formula and popularity. We use ‘Autentico‘, which is a well-established eco-friendly product, we love it for its paint variations and coloursand high quality.

Cornish Milk Mineral Paint is a favourite of mine. Made in the UK, it is an eco, vegan-friendly formula that we love! We wanted to represent a UK brand and therefore chose Cornish Milk for its brand ethos, being eco as well as having recyclable packaging. It has exceptional coverage that gives and smooth matt finish.  Cornish Milk Mineral Paint has now moved to Nicola’s website to purchase – My Tatty Love.

We also stock Polyvine UK varnishes. These are innovative and high performing, furthermore, they can be used on outside or inside furniture. Polyvine can be used on wood, decorative paintwork, wallpaper, plaster and fabrics, this is because the varnishes are water-based and have a shorter drying and curing time. Plus, your brushes can be cleaned in warm, soapy water.

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      Venue & Parking

      The workshop will take place at The Furniture Collective, Scarthingwell Courtyard, Scarthingwell Lane, Towton, Tadcaster, LS24 9PF  There is free parking on site.

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      Booking T&C’s

      Booking is essential for this workshop and must be booked in pairs and paid in full before attending.
      You can book via this website or in person in store before the event.
      Bookings cannot be refunded but can be exchanged to another workshop date. Please let me know as soon as possible if you have a problem and I will do my best to transfer you another date.

      Chic Little Haven reserves the right to re-schedule a workshop if numbers are too low to make it viable to run or offer a transfer to another date.

      On the Day

      Getting started with Furniture Painting Workshop

      You will work with myself Michelle and Nicola of My Tatty Love. We are both professional furniture painters that have each been in the industry (yes there is an industry) for over 11 years. You will learn our perfected way of prep, painting and protecting and you will work with the top quality brands Fusion Mineral Pant and Cornish Mineral Paint and learn about the products.  All paint, primer and top coats are included in the price of your workshop.

      If you choose to use additional products such as Woodubend moulding, prima transfer, new handles/pulls or stencils these can be purchased on the day and I will happily show you how to apply to your piece.

      Refreshments are available throughout the day. We will break for lunch for 30 minutes and your welcome to step outside and grab a meal from our courtyard cafe The Revive Hive or bring a packed lunch. Microwave available.

      Participants will also be given a 10% discount on all products on the day.

      Parking

      The studio is located at The Furniture Collective, Scarthingwell Courtyard, Scarthingwell Centre & Shops, Scarthingwell Lane, Towton, Tadcaster, LS24 9PF, there is free off parking.

      Booking T&C’s

      Booking is essential for this workshop payment is required in advance before attending.
      Price per person – £120. You can pay in full now via website or if you wish to pay a 20% deposit and the remainder on the day, please contact us to arrange this.
      Bookings cannot be refunded but can be exchanged to another date. Please let me know as soon as possible if you have a problem and I will do my best to transfer you to another date.

      Chic Little Haven reserves the right to re-schedule a workshop or transfer you to another date.

       

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