“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 help.
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.”