The idea to launch Love Restored first came to us after we painted an old dining table in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. When we finished the table, we marvelled at what we had created and Nadia turned to Lorraine and said, “Wouldn’t it be great if we did this for a living?”
It was from then that our hobby turned into painting business and in 2013 we took on our first little workshop and while still working part-time and in no time at all it soon became apparent that we wanted our own creative High Street shop.
Nadia has extensive experience in retail and has a natural creative flair and this is supported and matched by Lorraine who supports and manages the business behind the scenes on its journey, a perfect pairing together.
Illustration Courtesy of @carashanleyart
In our time, we were finalists in a national competition called Test Town which was about regenerating High Street’s, we were part of a successful creative hub called the Arts Hub by the Sea and became New Business Startup Finalists as Local Hero’s with Kingdom FM. Our creative determination paid off with our first shop in Kirkcaldy’s High Street and soon we became Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Stockists being hand chosen and trained by Annie Sloan herself in Oxford and we still sell Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to this day.
Over the last 5 years, we ourselves have trained over 500 people with our successful Love Restored workshops in the techniques of using Chalk Paint and those have gone on to empower themselves and create their own furniture masterpieces for their home. We have also trained with The Traditional Painters and have established ourselves as specialists in the field of hand painting furniture and painted luxury bespoke handmade kitchens and can use varying types of paint finishes, such as Paint and Paper Library, Farrow and Ball and The Little Greene Paint Company. More recently we have become stockists of Fusion Mineral Paint™ and have this available in store and coming soon for UK Mainland delivery. Find out more about this amazing Canadian Family Run Paint business that is sweeping the UK here.
To add to this amazingly colourful story our work has been featured in magazines such as Style at Home and Homemaker and have worked collaboratively with Rachel Henderson of Rachel Henderson Interiors, Textile Designer, Author and TV personality as well as Joanne Caira, Instablogger, Property Developer and Home Stager. More recently Rachel Henderson's lovely house Little Blair came 3rd in the finals of Scotlands Home of the Year 2019 and it featured her kitchen which we painted in an amazing green!
This back story is an amazing accolade for our little business and although we have grown beyond our original dreams we are still dedicated to sharing our knowledge and experience in hand painting furniture and we have now opened a new shop in Falkland in Fife which hosts an amazing selection of homeware and gifts for you and your home interior. Here we also invite people to try our varied mix of creative workshops which include the exclusive Annie Sloan Chalk Paint workshops. Set amongst the shop you will also experience a beautiful collection of bespoke painted furniture which is for sale and we also provide a commission service for your own furniture.
We are hugely grateful to all who have supported and worked with us. We love dearly all our social media followers and customers, who constantly inspire and encourage us to continue on our journey and we hope that we continue to inspire and help others to create a home that is special to them.
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Amazing workshop on Sunday to learn how to upcycle a chair. Only four of us, so very personal. Lunch was provided and soft drinks. This was one of the very best workshops I have ever attended.
I have just bought paint from Love Restored (I love Annie Sloan products) and the service was awesome. Next day delivery and well packaged. Easy website to use. I'm going to be a regular online customer.
Highly recommend this shop!! I have bought from the shop and had items sourced for me which they have then done to my own specifications/colours (with good advice to guide me when I was stuck). The guidance along the way along with great ideas has now resulted in me feeling the "Love Restored" throughout my new house. I have no idea where else I would have gone!?
I was on a Chalk Paint Course recently where I painted two pieces of furniture. I had a great experience, Nadia was so helpful and Informative, I am now looking for other pieces to restore. I would recommend the course to anyone - the shop has many beautiful objects to buy.