A hobby may just be a pleasurable activity to pass the time; however, in this case it turned out to be the activity to prepare us for our current endeavour.
Ann has been involved in the world of property since she was 18: In New homes she’d organise the show homes as well as sell them, this career led to managing her own estate agency. It was an excellent platform to find out what people base their buying decisions on, what their tastes are, what type of interior design works and how people react to different arrangements. Of course, it also gave Ann a fantastic knowledge in the field of business management and customer service. The first project Ann describes as serious ‘upcycling’ was a hall table. “One table in a furniture store caught my eye, but it was just too expensive. And then, one day, David’s mum (David’s my partner) gave us a table and said we could paint it. When we did I was thinking ‘yes, I may do some more of this’.
The right moment, the right time
Then, during a walk with Sara, a friend, everything fell into place. “We discussed Mersea, the environment and community, design and up-cycled furniture. I went home and bought the domain name.” ShabbyAnd... was born.
Labour of love
Trading began in March 2013, firstly online and through word of mouth and vintage fairs. As the demand grew, they realised there was a need for ShabbyAnd… to have a physical presence. Ann gave up Estate Agency to commit more time to it and the shop came to lif). “All of our items are carefully hand painted and may show the odd brush stroke or colour variation. As with any pre- owned furniture there may be the odd blemish or bump that you'd expect with age, this is part of its attraction and if like us you love vintage pieces with character this is the place for you.” – saye in August with the Grand Opening in September 2013. In the early days, she cooperated with Sara and in 2014 Ann became the sole owner of the business.
Today ShabbyAnd… is on a road to becoming the destination for chic upcycled furniture, unique handmade soft furnishings, retro accessories and quality paints and materials (the shop is an authorised distributor of Autentico chalk paints).
“All of our items are carefully hand painted and may show the odd brush stroke or colour variation. As with any pre- owned furniture there may be the odd blemish or bump that you'd expect with age, this is part of its attraction and if like us you love vintage pieces with character this is the place for you.” – say Ann and Sara.
Inspiration in store
Most of our creations are brought back to life in the shop. When you visit us on West Mersea, you may find us deliberating over a new colour for a recently reclaimed armchair or choosing the best design for a piece of jewellery. ShabbyAnd… create unique designs from reclaimed materials but often work on commissions directly for homeowners or for interior designers looking for unique pieces to help them put an individual stamp on spaces they create for their clients.
Ann’s desire was to create a platform not only to channel their own creativity, but to share appreciation of ‘the exceptional’ with the local community. The shop is a display of local talent at its best. Most of the furniture is upcycled on site and accessories and gifts come from local artists and craftsmen. You can also find us at most of the local shows and festivals. We even hosted a book signing for a local author, who wrote the ‘Dirty Bombers’. You may have seen this featured in the local press.Find out more about our bespoke work and commisions
It is also the home of paint workshops, where you can share our experience of how to combine the best techniques and materials using Autentico chalk paints.
You are cordially invited…
Visit the ShabbyAnd… store and immerse yourself in a lovingly designed collection of hand-painted, carefully waxed and expertly distressed furniture, cherry-picked gifts, charming reclaimed materials and an unmistakably unique atmosphere.Come and visit us you may even spot Teddy & Dougal assisting us at the shop.
Meet the Shabby Team
Ann - Our Shabby Queen is Ann Beament, who began painting shabby chic furniture and selling it to friends and family. As the demand grew, Ann knew she needed a shop, and ShabbyAnd… opened in September 2013 in Barfield Road, West Mersea, Essex. Central to Ann’s life is her family, her partner David often helps out with the furniture, and recently installed all new shelving and display into the shop. You will often see her children around the shop, either helping out or waiting for Ann to finish!
JoJo- is a mother of two and has lived on Mersea since she was two years old. She has always been interested in crafts and art and has run a her own craft business for a number of years. Being 1/2 Norwegian she has a love of pure and simplistic Scandinavian colours and takes great inspiration from beaches and seascapes. She takes great pleasure in redesigning interiors and up cycling in her own home and has a huge love of paints and fabrics and upholstery.
Workshops are one of our most popular things we do.
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