How it Began
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’.
Labour of love
ShabbyAnd... was born. Trading began in March 2013, firstly online and then through word of mouth and vintage fairs. As the demand grew, Ann realised there was a need for ShabbyAnd… to have a physical presence. Ann gave up the housing market to commit more time to it and the shop came to life.
Ann says “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 and you love vintage pieces with character this is the place for you.”
Premises were found in August with the Grand Opening in September 2013.
Today ShabbyAnd… is on a road to becoming the destination for chic upcycled furniture, unique, retro accessories and quality paints and materials. Having also been featured in “Essex Life” Magazine and seen on “60 Minute Make Overs with Peter Andre” gaining a stellar reputation.
The shop is also the 1st in the UK to be an authorised Platinum distributor of Autentico chalk paints and unique to many shops as we are able to mix the range on site.
Inspiration in store
All 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 finish colour for a recently reclaimed armchair or table etc. 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 also offers colour consultation sessions to help those who struggle for inspiration and she can have the correct colour mixed up using our “Magical Mixing Machine” which ensures we will always have the correct colour in stock of the only paint that has 35% chalk in it.
Ann’s desire was to create a platform not only to channel her own creativity, but to share the appreciation of ‘the exceptional’ with the local community. The shop is a display of local talent at its best. Our furniture is upcycled on site, the accessories and gifts come from carefully chosen companies. You can also find us at a selection of the local shows and festivals.
Shabby And… is also the home of paint workshops, where you can share our expertise on how to combine the best techniques and materials using Autentico chalk paints and have a wonderful experience at the same time.
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 assisting us at the shop.
Meet the Team
Queen Ann preeminent in transforming furniture
For many years, Ann Cope has been transforming thousands of pieces of furniture to great acclaim for clients and customers all over the Country. Her West Mersea based business “ShabbyAnd…” is the leading supplier of Autentico Chalk Paint and Ann’s workshops are regularly over subscribed.
Ann Cope has been crowned the “Shabby Queen”! Her love of furniture painting comes across when you talk to her and see the passion come to life! Her other big love can be seen in the shop on a daily basis, “Teddy” her cockapoo.
She is proud of saving thousands of tons of furniture from going into land fill, by using her passion for transforming furniture and objects into something beautiful that can be used over and over again,
A straight talker who loves giving practical advice, Ann is genuine person who wears her heart on her sleeve! Ann is a very proud mum of 3 and loves spending time with her family including her husband David, who is her soul-mate.
Tanya ready to bring sunshine to your day
Tanya is a mother to two wonderful boys, who really test the Autentico paint to the limits. She has lived on Mersea most of her life and loves the island and all it has to offer. She has studied history of art and textiles and has always had an interest in arts and crafts. Her flair for colour and happy to help attitude will assist you with your colour schemes and ideas for all your projects.
David, our very own deliverer of happiness, also known as the man that can, is Ann’s husband, and even though he runs his own full time business, he is always on hand to collect your furniture and return it after its transformation process. David is also creative, always coming up with ideas and is very good with wood, making a lot of the displays and is always on hand for any repairs.
Prince David your deliver of happiness
Prince Grant the muscle power
You may also see Ann’s 19 year old son Grant on the collection and deliveries to help with the heavy lifting – Grant is only happy to help his Mum with her business.
Teddy, our mascot. If you pop in store you will always be greeted by this loving cockerpoo who is only too happy to receive a belly rub.
Teddy ready for a belly rub
After some trial and error with said leaders in the chalk paint market, I came across Autentico. Not only was their chalk paint superior to all others I had tried, they represented everything I believe in; environmentally friendly, VOC safe (don’t you hate fumes and the smell of rooms after it’s been painted) and also child safe. Nonetheless, Autentico believe as I do on superior quality products for customers.
When I paint something, it is my reputation on the line so I ensure I only look for the best quality products for you. Autentico has not only performed in superior furniture paints, they have taken the time to create a vast range of products that service your whole house, not just interior walls but exterior also.
So that I can also offer the whole range, a few years ago I decided to become the main stockist of Autentico’s full range allowing you that one stop shop experience – whether that be by phone, email, visits to you or coming into our shop and workshop.
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