“We were looking to have our pine kitchen dresser stripped and
stained to match our oak dining room suite. The dresser being finished
in antique pine varnish didn’t match the table and chairs, plus after 15
years was looking a bit battered and bashed about. As it was a solid
piece of furniture made to measure for us by a local carpenter, we were
keen to keep it and tidy it up.
We previously had an outlandish quote from another furniture restorer
to strip the dresser, and his final recommendation was to throw the
piece away and buy a new oak dresser. Kate's details were given to us
via a Strip'N'Dip company in Leeds, as the gentleman didn’t think the
soft pine-wood was suitable for dipping; he thought maybe Kate could
I am so glad he did, as I didn’t fancy the task of
stripping the dresser by hand myself! After a brief chat on the phone to
explain what we wanted, Kate came to look at the dresser, and once she
had seen the piece suggested to sand it down and paint it, rather than
strip it, this idea hadn’t crossed our minds.
We looked at the Farrow & Ball colour chart and settled on the
Lamp Room Grey, leaving the dresser top and shelves unpainted and
stained to match the table and chairs. Kate took a couple of the drawers
to try for us, one to strip back to natural wood and one to be painted.
A few days later Kate returned the drawers to us and we decided to go
with painting the piece as she had suggested.
Kate and Dan came and
collected the dresser from us as arranged, and once it was finished,
dropped it back to us. We are completely thrilled with the final
results, the dresser looks like a brand new piece of furniture for a
fraction of the price of a new dresser; it would have been such a shame
just to throw it away.
Both Kate and Dan are wonderful friendly people and were so
accommodating regarding time scales etc. I would not hesitate to
recommend Femme Fatale Finishes to anyone! Thank you both for the great
friendly service, and the fantastic job that you have done.”