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The House of Shabby Chic in Port Macquarie, NSW is a treasure trove of delights, we chatted with Lee about her bussiness and paint.

Anthony Mills

Name of your business?
House Of Shabby Chic

How long have been painting furniture?
I have been painting for 8+ years.
What inspired you to paint and relove furniture?
After a frightening health issue, I was watching a show where this person was painting furniture. I absolutely loved how the piece turned out simply by painting an old piece that was going to be thrown out. This all started my journey of painting and upcycling furniture. First as a hobby that turned into a small business. 

Do you have a particular style you paint in?
I don't have a style that I paint in all the time. The styles do vary from Shabby Chic, Farmhouse, Hampton, Modern and French Provincial. I decide what style a particular piece will be once I see it.


What has been your biggest painting disaster to date?
I haven't really had a painting disaster. If I don't like how a piece looks I simply repaint.

Why did you decide to stock L'essentiel?
I decided to stock L'Essentiel as I loved that it was eco friendly, voc free, handmade, beautiful to paint with and Australian made. Also, the smell of the waxes is amazing. So many positives with using this product made an easy decision for me to become a stockist.

What is your biggest paint tip you are willing to share with our readers?
My biggest paint tips would be not to be frightened to have a go. It can always be fixed if you don't like the look by repainting. Plus read the directions of the product and you can't go wrong. But my main tip would be enjoy your painting.
You will find products and supplies in Lee's online store here

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