Geraldine Tetlow-Sequeira

Up-cycling of pre-loved to re-loved furniture with chalk paint and wax.

Geraldine is based here in the Algarve and up-cycles old Portuguese furniture.

“Born in Zambia, schooled in Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa and having worked in Angola, Mozambique and Ethiopia, half of my heart is, and always will be, in Africa. The other half is here in Portugal, for after two years of travelling through Egypt, Israel and many Mediterranean countries I find there is no place like home … the Algarve. I live in the countryside with my husband, an ever fluctuating number of abandoned dogs and a myriad of ducks and geese (not for the pot!)”

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“Finding I have an increasing empathy for old Portuguese furniture that is well made and whose only failing perhaps is that it is too dark for the likes of some; I have turned my hand to up-cycling, and using chalk paint and wax, I have given new life to many interesting old pieces that were destined, dare I say, for the tip.

Chalk paint is a lovely medium to work with, the furniture can be finished cleanly and evenly or distressed to highlight a hidden colour or the wood underneath, and then finished with a clear and/or a dark wax depending on the final brief. Pieces can have a paint wash applied, they can be stencilled; dry brushed; distressed; crackled; gilded; decoupaged … the list is probably as long as one’s imagination is wide. Colours can be used to complement existing furniture or to contrast with it; mixing bespoke colours serves to further increase the large palette choice one already has.”

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Geraldine is available for private commissions. She also advertises pieces as they become available on various sites on FaceBook such as ‘Anything and Everything Algarve’ and ‘Sell Your Stuff Algarve Dot Com’ to name just a few.

If you are interested in commissioning or purchasing a piece please contact Geraldine using the contact information listed below.

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Contact Information


Phone: +44 (0) 7955 449 302 UK Mobile

You may also enjoy her Hand-Made Signs on our website too – click here for her listing.

You can also view more of her work via her gallery here. Click on any of the images to start the slideshow.

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