Today like every other day I will wake up and think about what I can paint or what I can create …..you see my life is like living in Pinterest itself .I truly feel I am living the dream .
In 2012 when my youngest son was born I made the decision to no longer work for the “man” and instead pursue my dream of working full time restoring and up cycling furniture.I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that embraced Antiques and Vintage items before it was the in thing to do .My Mother was is genius at stripping back and breathing new life into old broken furniture .I still remember the smell of the linseed oil and turpentine that she would mix up to oil it all up after hours of stripping it back .I would go to school in the morning and return home to find the hall stand missing or trip over a new old chair.
My Father was a man of many talents ,a dreamer a visionary and comedian .But what he was very good at was finding Mum pieces to work on .I have very fond memories of sitting in the front seat of his brown HR Holden station wagon listening to the crackling ABC radio station hoping his trifecta would get up .Watching my father randomly pick farm houses to knock on the door and ask if they had anything for sale in their back sheds.Then stuffing it all into the car and on the roof .Home we would head ,with my father telling me how clever he was .But most of all I remember the jam donuts he would somehow always find for us to eat on the way .Both my Mum and Dad always have encouraged me to do whatever makes me happy and to always say yes because you can say no later and to have a crack .
We decided on Canterbury for my sons name ,for many reasons …One because his father was born in Canterbury New Zealand plus I grew up in Canterbury Melbourne .He was born with big sparkly blue eyes .We then knew that my business name would be Canterbury Blue Shabby Chic.
I have always restored furniture as a side line and for a little extra lipstick money on top of my other income .So I bit off more than I could chew and I registered my business ,started a Facebook page and painted ,sanded and waxed like a mad woman under my house.I sold every piece I produced quickly and I recognized a large gap in the market for good quality shabby chic furniture at reasonable prices .My Mum then reminded me of her paint recipe she used back in the day to paint her furniture , I spent months adding different ingredients and experimenting until I got it just how I liked it .Easy to use ,Easy to sand and Easy to LOVE .That is how EZ 2 Paint was reborn,under my house surrounded by dozens of pieces of furniture and a 6 month old baby boy.
I opened a quaint little shop in Woody Point and filled it to the roof with stock , I painted morning noon and night with Canterbury on my hip or crawling around my feet ,true Mummaprenuer style.I found that no matter how many chairs I did they sold within a couple of days ,I began going to auctions and buying bulk lots to keep up with the demand .Along the way I was constantly asked if I would teach my customers how to do it themselves .So I decided to get a bigger shed with lots of room to create and make mess ,to teach and to create.
It has been a crazy fun ride with nothing but laughs and smiles along the way .My Facebook page grew like weeds in the garden .My client base is mainly woman with the passion to up cycle and create , a wonderful creative bunch , all 18,000 plus of you on Facebook.
Now I sell Canterbury Blue Paint all over Australia ,I run workshops and give private tuition on how to get your Shabby on.I LOVE what I do and nothing makes me happier than seeing other ladies pieces after they have painted them using my furniture paint or watching their businesses grow and bring extra income into their households.
I welcome you all into our Canterbury Blue family and thank all my loyal followers,clients and friends for spreading the word about Canterbury Blue .A true Australian cottage industry business that will one day be a household name in the DIY world.
I am happier than a butchers dog !