Behind the paintbrush

Hi, I’m Rachel

Welcome to my corner of the DIY world. I’m Rachel, and I’m so glad that you’re here.

My journey into the art of refinishing furniture began in 2018 when I first dipped my brush into the world of paint.

Although really my creativity can be traced back as far as painting a large chameleon on my bedroom wall in my teens.

Ever since, I’ve been on an adventure of turning tired, old furniture and decor into stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces that tell a story.

I believe that anyone can learn to paint furniture and decor. And courses can speed up the process in learning the best techniques.

Over the years I’ve learned from experts in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Fusion Mineral Paint, and Autentico. And attended the Painter’s Business Academy.

I have regularly collaborated with Dixie Belle Paint Company over several years. Have been frequently featured on Hometalk, including being one of their few Brand Ambassadors. Most recently I have partnered with xTool on their showcasing the abilities of their laser cutting and engraving tools.

I discussed Beginners Tips for Painting Furniture with Ahna Fulmer on the imPerfectly emPowered podcast. You can listen to the episode here.

My goal is to make unloved and discarded items beautiful again. There’s nothing more exciting than finding a bargain and restoring it to life.

My first ever piece was even used for someone’s wedding! 

I started documenting my furniture painting and restoration projects not only to share my passion with like-minded enthusiasts but also to inspire and guide those looking to give their beloved furniture a second chance.

The satisfaction of taking something seemingly discarded and breathing new life into it is a feeling like no other.

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In 2021, I took my passion a step further by launching my YouTube Channel. This platform has allowed me to bring you even closer to the action, where you can watch my projects come to life, step by step.

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Here you can discover:

  1. How to find free furniture
  2. How to transform it
  3. The best tools to use

Find me

You can find me immersed in the world of furniture restoration and DIY in a small, historic town in Hertfordshire, England.

Online, you can find me on YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Work with me

Are you a brand looking to collaborate?

If my readers would be genuinely interested in your product or service, I’d love to discuss the details with you.

To get in touch, please send me a message.

Best wishes,

Rachel, Tea and Forget-me-nots

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