Making something new
from something old

Making something new 
from something old
Local woman Gillian Corcoran recently turned her passion for painting into a business and opened up a small shop called ‘Quaint’ in Blackrock.

Local woman Gillian Corcoran recently turned her passion for painting into a business and opened up a small shop called ‘Quaint’ in Blackrock.

Gillian, who is originally from Ann Street in Dundalk, has been amazed with the great response she has received so far

Gillian, who is trained in Painting Techniques, has also been running workshops from Quaint, which is located on Murphy’s Lane, between Danny Hughes and Cafe Aqua.

The workshops teach people how they can transform their own furniture inexpensively.

“Upcycling furniture is cost effective and allows people to revamp old pieces of furniture around their house without spending a fortune,” says Gillian.

“You can create a unique look using different effects or just add a splash of colour to brighten up a room, the choices are endless.”

The shop is an official stockist of the amazing Annie Sloan chalk paint and waxes and also sells unique furniture pieces and gifts for the home.

“Annie Sloan is a fine artist who first developed the paint in 1990 and it has proven to be popular due to the fact that it is so easy to use and requires no sanding or priming,” Gillian explains.

“The paint is versatile and can be used by anyone from painting decorators to busy mothers.

“It can be used on almost any surface including wood, glass and metal.

“The colours are beautiful and vibrant and based on French Country Interior.”

Gillian has been running a beginners’ workshop which introduces participants to Annie Sloan paints and waxes (clear and dark) and teaches them three different techniques.

“The first technique is how to get the distressed look which is very popular, I also show people how they can create a crackled effect and how to age furniture and give it an antique look.”

In the next few weeks Gillian will be running an advanced workshop.

“I will be teaching techniques for gold leaf gilding, stencilling onto furniture and decoupage, which is adding decorative paper to furniture and is a very easy look to achieve.

“I will also be showing people how to create the craqueleur effect which adds fine cracks, like the inside of a china tea cup and is used on the front of drawers to give a delicate effect.”

Gillian runs her workshops regularly on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm and the cost is 45 euros per session.

All materials are provided by Gillian and the workshops are very hands on so that you will be able to use these techniques at home.

If you would like to sign up for a workshop you can call into Gillian’s shop in Blackrock, telephone her on 0868359114 or email