Things to come….

Jonathon Marc Mendes has been playing with some of our Autentico products and the results have been fabulous! For those of you who don’t know him, he lives between the coast and countryside in Lincolnshire, with his husband, cat and many chickens. A British furniture artist, photographer and part-time hairdresser. He loves sharing his passion for painting through his teaching …

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Bristle Build Up…

Don’t you hate “Bristle Build Up”! Have you ever tried painting with an old clogged up brush?…it’s not worth it, you’ll end up with a finish that resembles the moon! Preparation and clean up are the most important parts of any paint job which includes looking after your paint brushes, even new brushes should be rinsed out with warm water …

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Don’t be too Hasty…

I’ve just come back from holiday where the sun shone every day and the skies were bright blue. All around me the buildings and landscapes had so much vibrant colour, almost shining like the sun. Even the dullest colours appeared bright. That holiday was a reminder of how colours are affected by light. So why is it when we’re choosing …

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Demolition Derby…

Walls are being removed today and the block and beam floor for the extension is almost complete. To keep some of the costs down we decided to do some of the work ourselves…removing skirtings, architraves, floorboards, radiators, pipework. I don’t think our bodies liked it! The fabulous warm weather at Easter didn’t continue….we should have known it. Now we have …

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We’ve got piles!

No not the uncomfortable type but the type that go in the ground to support the foundations and walls… W-H-O-A the extension is larger than we thought!! Over the last 4 weeks we’ve been slowly boxing our belongings and moving them into storage. Now’s the time for us to move out into our Annex which we made by converting part …

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Our House

After ten years the works have finally started, and our dream is becoming a reality. From the day we moved into our house we had plans to alter it to suite our lifestyle…the problem was that we didn’t have the money to do it! Surprisingly our ideas of what we wanted to do haven’t really changed over the ten years …

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Do Colours Impact our Mood?

Many artists and interior designers believe that colour can dramatically change your mood, feelings and emotions, making some of us respond differently to the same colour. Does blue make you feel a sense of calmness or sadness? Does yellow make you anxious or maybe it puts a grinning smile on your face? It might even come down to the shade …

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There’s a workshop for everyone!

If you’ve ever wanted to develop your painting skills or learn how to upcycle a piece of old furniture, then the ShabbyAnd… workshops could be perfect for you. I hold regular workshops that teach you everything you need to know, from preparation to finish. Whether you are an interior designer that wants to brush up on your skills or if …

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Introducing 4 new colours!

One of our resolutions at Autentico is to continue developing beautiful colours that we know you’ll love! We haven’t quite reached the end of January and already we’ve released 4 vibrant colours that will brighten up your rainy days. Introducing: Morpeth Mustard Flamingo Spearmint Terracotta All 4 shades are available in Autentico Vintage, a chalk paint with intent pigmentation and …

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Homes have 5 x more pollution than outdoors

We are all used to pollution caused by cars and power stations, in fact we’ve almost become oblivious to it. But, if I told you your home probably contains 5 x more pollution than outdoors, would you believe me? According to the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics, a 2016 study claimed that breathing in dirty …

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