In the beginning
In 2008 I started my journey as a single parent. A mother of a 6 year old daughter and 2 year old son. Even though I was working almost full time hours in my administration job, being on my own meant that money was thin on the ground and I had to be thrifty!
With no money to buy new bedroom furniture for the children, I decided that I would renovate the old chest of drawers and bedside cabinets that had definitely seen better days.
We set out to our local DIY store with no clue whatsoever about what to buy (at that point I hadn’t cultivated the YouTube addiction that I’m now afflicted with!).
I finally found a member of staff, asking him …
“How do I paint wooden furniture?”
The list of materials seemed endless:
- Sandpaper (and sander)
- High grit sandpaper for removing varnish
- Wood filler for repairing dents and scratches
- Putty knife (for applying filler)
- Eggshell paint
- Varnish (optional)
- White spirit to clean brushes
The materials I had to buy didn’t seem like I was living on budget! It cost me a blinking fortune and took forever to complete the task!
However … after a couple of days I had one chest of drawers finished. Complete with a decoupaged flower!
Vintage Rocks was born
Glowing from my sense of achievement, I posted a photo of it on Facebook. I received so much positive feedback from my people that I ended up selling it to an old school friend. That’s when I realised that there could be something in this painted furniture malarky!
Then I discovered Pinterest! My painted furniture hobby became an obsession. I had now learned new ways of painting furniture but still found that buying the materials left me heavily out of pocket and even though I enjoyed selling my pieces I wasn’t making enough money to escape the drudgery of my “cut and paste” employment.
But I loved it and had a feeling in my gut that I needed to persue this new found creativity. Vintage Rocks was born.
My skills were growing and so was my reputation. Mainly through Facebook and word of mouth, my client base expanded.
and then came Vintage rocks paint
I was commissioned to paint a huge piece of furniture for The Globe Inn in Alvington. I calculated the cost of materials and soon realised that I needed to source cheaper materials. I went to bed thinking about how I could get hold of a paint that I loved to work with that would be more financially viable.
The next day I was introduced to a paint chemist. The universe had answered my prayers. It was a life changing moment for Vintage Rocks.
I spent a long time researching colours and putting mood boards together until I was happy with the 15 strong colour pallette. The range was mixed and I announced to the World … well Facebook anyway that Vintage Rocks now SOLD PAINT! Was it time to jack in the day job?
Here’s to the future
Since launch, the paint range has been met with astounding acclaim and sales have rocketed. We have added new products to the collection and we took the big decision at the end of 2015 to move production of the paint to a larger factory that can handle demand.
Even though a lot has happened over the last few years, I really feel that this is just the start for Vintage Rocks. We are excited about the future and we hope that you’ll be right there along side us as the next chapter unfolds.