Turning the bad into good

For local woman Loraine Hughes it was an unfortunate double redundancy that led herself and her husband Ray to pursue a lifelong interest in interior design by recently opening their own business, Molly Mays, in Carlingford.

For local woman Loraine Hughes it was an unfortunate double redundancy that led herself and her husband Ray to pursue a lifelong interest in interior design by recently opening their own business, Molly Mays, in Carlingford.

“We live here and wanted to bring something with character and charm to the Village. Both my husband and I were made redundant so we considered setting up a business that would allow us to stay close to home and balance family and work life’.

“We wanted a business that we both could be involved in. My husband’s background was in construction and timber frame manufacturing so with his knowledge of wood we wanted to bring an element of that into the shop. Hence up-cycling furniture’.

Though the business had been progressing for Loraine it was their decision to introduce cult paint by designer Annie Sloan that made all the difference,

“Since we introduced the Chalk Paint Business is growing steadily. To quote Annie Sloan “It’s the best paint in the world”. It was developed to be simple and easy to work and people are totally amazed by how easy it is to use and love the new look they get with using it”.

Now offering Annie Sloan paint classes Loraine is happy to share her knowledge in up-cycling furniture, a trend which is steadily growing,

“Just about anything can be painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – old or new furniture, metal, plastic, cement, bricks, walls, floors, fabrics. Our classes are particularly suited to anyone who would like to revive an old or tired piece of furniture in their home, easily transforming it with little time and minimal cost’.

“Participants tend to want to paint items such as dressing tables, chairs, bed side lockers, kitchen units, floors, mirrors, wall cabinets, lamp shades, wicker chairs and picture frames. A litre tin covers 13/14sq meters which can equate to a dining room table and six chairs. So for the price of 1 tin of paint and wax you have a completely new fresh look on an old tired piece of furniture’.

‘With this chalk paint there is to need to prime, undercoat or prepare, sand down or strip furniture so it has a fast turnaround time. Paint in the morning, then wax and put back into position by the afternoon, there is no odour from it’.

With a growing trend for all things vintage and less people trading in old for new Loraine’s classes are proving very popular,

“As people have less disposable income they want to revamp old pieces instead of buying new ones and a simple and easy application of chalk paint transforms furniture with very little cost and you get a great sense of pride by creating your own unique look. Old family heirlooms can now be made suitable to your own home with a simple coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You can transform items yourself without having to hire or pay someone else to do it”.

Workshops last 3 to 3.5 hours and are held in Molly May’s shop. Loraine employs a hands on approach where participants are taught the techniques of distressed paint using one and two colours and cracked paint, combined with clear and dark wax uses. This is taught on a wooden board and then at the end of the workshop you get to paint a shop piece of furniture.

Each workshop can accommodate up to 6 people ensuring you get the attention and time you need. All materials are provided along with fresh coffee and tea and home baked treats. The aim of the workshop is to give you a good understanding of the basics of Chalk Paints and Finishes which will inspire you to work on your own pieces of furniture and small items at home with confidence along with having some fun.

The next Annie Sloan painting courses at Molly Mays are on Tuesday 16th April at 7pm and on Wednesday 17th at 10am. (€55.00) Booked via Email mollymayscarlingford@gmail.com or phone 087 2244221 Loraine Hughes. For more information see Facebook.com/MollyMaysCarlingford, Twitter.com/MollyMaysGifts or Pinterest.com/Mollymaysgifts