Upcycling Made Easy by Something PaintedCaroline Fenton
Upcycling Made Easy by Something Painted! We just love the gorgeous Leah from Something Painted!! She is a real biz gal, putting her heart and soul into her passions, while helping us all get better at this recycle and reuse malarkey! Her fab range of chalky paints make up-cycling old pieces of furniture so much fun. We loved chatting to her and finding out more about her behind the scenes as a fur mama!
So, tell us, who is @somethingpaintedperth?
Something Painted is made up of myself (Leah), and my Finance (Caen). I’m the creative one, he’s the business minded, sensible one!
Can you describe your biz in 3 words…
Up-cycle, Handmade, Easy.
Why do you do what you do?
I want to show people how easy it is to up-cycle what they have, instead of having to buy brand new. It’s all about re-cycling. Not only that, but the sense of satisfaction and pride when completing your own piece of up-cycled furniture… it’s one of the best feelings.
What have been your best biz moments so far?
I think the realisation that my main target market was totally not what I expected! I thought my furniture paint would predominantly target retired females aged between 40-65. As it turns out, my main target market is young females and mums aged between 25-45!! I love this as even at such a busy time in their lives, with careers and babies, they are still making time to up-cycle. One of my best customers has 2 kids under 3 and one about to pop. She has the smallest farm house you can imagine, but has it looking amazing and full of gorgeous painted furniture, all done by herself!
What does a typical day look like for you?
I work full time, am organising my up-coming wedding, am secretary to the local footy team and live on a crop and sheep farm. Therefore I squeeze in as much as I can on the evenings and weekends! I have become accustomed to late nights and early mornings!
What’s your ‘me time’ go to?
Thursday evening… whilst Mr Farmer is at cricket training and ‘sinking a few’ as he would put it. Movie on, carb filled food at the ready, and my Cocker Spaniel lovingly curled up in my lap.
What’s your favourite day of the week, and why?
Saturday, at home on the farm. No distractions. I get to work on the business all day long. And possibly squeeze in a little time to do some furniture painting myself!
What does your perfect date night (or day!) look like?
Date night?! I’m engaged to a sports mad farmer. You may not class this as a date but it’s as close as we get… jumping in the ute with the 2 sheep dogs and my gorgeous wannabe sheep dog Cocker Spaniel. Moving sheep from paddock to paddock, and crop inspections. Some of the best conversations have been had on these ‘dates’.
Can you give us a favourite quote?
Ok, it’s a little more like a reading but it’s worth the read:
“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will n
ever be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.” By Bob Marley
This is my favourite quote as it’s so applicable to our life. I would not have Something Painted if it wasn’t for that not so perfect guy.
Any ‘mum fails’ you’d like to let us in on?
I’m not a mum to a human yet, but I am a mum to my cocker spaniel Dora. Many ‘mum fails’ with this one, but one that comes to mind would be when she escaped the unit in Perth and had herself locked up by the ranger. A slight panic was had by her ‘parents’ when we arrived home and she wasn’t there. Not to mention she’s a country bumpkin, not a city slicker. Luckily, she had been found by the right person (she’s white and fluffy, totally ‘stealable’), and a fine of a couple of hundred dollars later and she’s happy as Larry with her head poking out the ute!