Welcome to Fotheringhay Furnishings, a venture into bespoke furniture rejuvenation and up-cycling now surpassing its third year of trading. The project was born out of a passion for DIY, design and all things wooden! I am Darren Fountain, a former member of the Armed Forces and more recently a retired Police Officer who has decided that 50 was far too early to reach for the ‘ol’ pipe & slippers’! Having always been in my element tinkering around in my shed, I decided to follow an ambition to start my own business doing something I really enjoy. With that in mind I set up a workshop and showroom near my home. I trundle off each day with my black Labrador ‘Lady Boo’ to create works of individual character to sell and also restore items dear to families that they cannot bear to part with. Why should such pieces languish in garages and sheds when one could proudly display them and let them tell their story!
Building on my own abilities, in my first year I completed several woodworking courses, chalk painting design/technique workshops along with a traditional French Polishing course. As a result I am now engaged in my 5th year of trading busy refurbishing, rejuvenating, restoring and up-cycling unloved furniture. I have started to add small upholstery projects to my portfolio and hope to expand as time progresses. I use the best materials available to me. Annie Sloan paints and waxes are my preferred paint mediums to create bespoke chalk paint finishes, but I also use other leading brands of quality to achieve a customers desired finish. This includes Farrow & Ball and Little Green amongst others. It is important to follow current fashion trends and as such I am finding estate eggshell finish with a 20% sheen by Farrow & Ball the most popular choice. Their vast contemporary palate range leaves one spoilt for choice and the flawless touch-up of the paint is an added bonus. There is no substitute for quality mediums and products. I am willing to undertake commission works upon consultation, but unfortunately I do not carry out projects away from my workshop. All sale items are not new thus carry their own stories/scars and as such are sold as seen.
Not being profit driven, I strive to give the best results I can to my work. Please see my contacts page to get in touch. To view any listed items or just to have a general look at my stock at my workshop, please get in touch as I operate by appointment only. I do my best to accommodate most hours to suit my customers. I work alone in my workshop, I am operating throughout Covid. As such I take every precaution as advised by the government when I receive visitors.
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