Up until a year ago, Clementene Coates was a solicitor working in a large law firm in the city. Today, she’s fulfilling her creative dreams, running an online business restoring, up cycling and painting vintage furniture. The finished pieces are simply stunning. She’s stopped by for a quick chat…
What inspires you?
The beautiful furniture I restore inspires me. I’m often in awe of the skill and artistry of cabinetmakers from days gone by. Their stunning pieces have endured years of wear and tear, and are capable of doing the same for many more years to come.
Where do you work?
I work from a studio in a converted wool mill situated on the famous ‘Yorkshire Mill Mile’. It’s quite fitting really, because like my furniture, the mill has been given a new lease of life.
What’s your favourite painting technique?
There are so many wonderful and varied methods, I love to experiment! My favourite technique is to create texture and depth of colour with glazes and tinted waxes (a process where I mix different paint colours with wax). I do this on a lot of my pieces as it makes them really stand out and look utterly bespoke.
What makes your furniture special?
Today, so much furniture is mass-produced, ugly and generic with no individuality, character or charm. What I offer is something very special. Pieces of the past restored for the future, real keepsakes, beautiful one-off pieces of furniture that you won’t find anywhere else – all at affordable prices.
I’m thrilled to be expanding my services to kitchens and fitted furniture. I’ll be adding photos to my website soon, so do keep a look out!