Bringing old furniture back to life in a colourful way

Eclectic Interiors is located in the Castlecomer Discovery Park

Mary Cody


Mary Cody


Bringing old furniture back to life in a colourful way

Selina Gittens at work in Eclectic Interiors

Mary Cody

There is a something special about taking something old and used and giving it a new lease of life.

Out at the Castlecomer Discovery Park Selina Gittens is working her magic and injecting new life into pieces of furniture that were previously forgotten or neglected.

Upcycling furniture is about creating both subtle and dramatic transformations and giving a new purpose and look to a much-loved piece. In recent years upcycling has gained popularity and Selina is happy to share her knowledge and skill set. She scours auctions and markets and carefully picks out items with potential and then lovingly brings them back to life.

Regular workshops are held where participants bring along a small piece of furniture to work on. It is through colour that changes can be best achieved and there are a multitude of ways to fashion pieces into funky works of art.

Selina studied furniture making in the UK and moved to Kilkenny and completed a degree in Fine Art and Sculpture in the National College of Art and Design. These skills combined with a love of auctions and all things interesting all combined forces resulting in the creation of Eclectic Interiors.

The workshop is also a gallery of sorts and there are many items which have been carefully sourced and lovingly restored by Selina for sale. There is also a good chance that you might find the woman herself working away there or a workshop going on at the premises in the Castlecomer Discovery Park.

Selina runs regular workshops in furniture upcycling which involves bringing along an old piece of furniture and then choosing a colour to apply.

Prior to painting there may be an element of sanding involving but Selina is on hand to explain the various techniques which can be used to create a myriad of finishes.

She is a stockist for Annie Sloan chalk paints, which were developed specically for painting furniture as well. The paint offers amazing scope for creativity - mixing colours which create exciting finishes.

Different effects can be achieved by using different colour combinations. Other techniques used include colourwashing, antiqueing, veiling and dry brushing.

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