We’ve Launched a NEW Website!

The Umpa-Lumpas (sorry, it IS #WorldBookDay !) behind the scenes at RE:SOURCE Vintage have been beavering away this past couple of weeks creating a brand new, user friendly shopping website for you all to enjoy.

Our new website has been created with simplicity in mind, and designed to make shopping for our stunning midcentury modern and vintage furniture even easier.

Living Room

Funky Retro Room_2Our home page welcomes you with the visual feast of this month’s collection of vintage gorgeousness, and a detailed feature on our favourite collectible of the week; setting the scene for more shopping delights and temptations to come!

We’ve sorted all our lovely pieces into room collections and styles so you can browse the relevant stock with ease, and  introduced a really useful ‘search bar’ facility. So if there is something specific you are looking for, just type a quick description in this bar and you will be taken straight to the product in question if we have it in stock.



Gifts and Accessories

giftsAlthough at RE:SOURCE we only currently upcycle and refurbish furniture, we love to dress our shop with unique and inspiring accessories, gifts, and handmade crafts to compliment the pieces. So we are doing our bit to support local craft artisans by displaying and selling varied creations in store on their behalf. You can see a few examples of their beautiful, and varied, work here.

We are adding more features, fabulous furniture, and latest news to our new website daily, so pop over to www.resourcevintage.co.uk and see what inspires you!



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Bedruthan Midcentury & Vintage Fair March 2016

RE:SOURCE Vintage is looking forward showing-off some fabulous refurbished midcentury modern collectable pieces at the acclaimed Bedruthan Mid-Century and Vintage Fair this coming March.

Our volunteers and trainees have been hard at work bringing a selection of beautiful Danish and British midcentury designs back to their former glory.

We will be featuring some stunning pieces by Hans C Anderson, G-Plan, Avalon, Ercol, and Nathan amongst others, that are currently undergoing renovation by our volunteers and trainees.

All furniture showcased by RE:SOURCE Vintage will be items that have been rescued from landfill and brought back to life by people in the local community who are looking to progress or rebuild their lives.  RE:SOURCE provides a safe and inclusive environment  for people to gain confidence and learn new skills in a bid to reduce the effects of social exclusion in the county.

We have always had such a great response to our fabulous furniture at the Bedruthan events; from both the visiting public and other well established exhibitors. To be able to exhibit again this year gives us a fantastic opportunity to show how far our talented volunteers and trainees have progressed with their newly acquired skills.

Banner_Logo2016Bedruthan Mid-Century and Vintage Fair is open to the public from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 12th, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday 13th March, with plenty of shopping opportunities for all vintage lovers. It takes place over three floors with more than 50 stalls of midcentury homewares and furniture; everything you could want for an eclectic home, the fair is perfect for:

  • Antiques and design collectibles from furniture to ceramics and glassware,
  • Vintage collectibles,
  • Modern vintage-inspired home wares,
  • Fashion, clothing, accessories and beauty,
  • Workshops, and
  • Music.

All details, including the workshop programme and a list of exhibitors can be found on their website.
Entry is FREE on both days, and you can download Tickets prior to the event.


Linen Bunny


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Ask The Expert – Removing Tannin Stains

If you have any questions on vintage furniture renovation, upcycling techniques, or need tips on how to care for you precious piece to keep it in tip-top condition, email your questions to resourcevintage@myresource.org.uk and we’ll do our very best to answer them for you.

stained oakJuliet asks our expert “you mention in your article on renovation that black stains on oak and teak are caused by tannins so would need to be bleached. Do you have a reference for how to do this please?”

Our workshop lead Nick repliesWe use  Rustins wood bleach A + B , which is a two part bleaching kit and can be purchased from Rest Express (online). The product has full instructions and is quite a strong mixture ideal for the problem

*Rustins Wood Bleach –
removes weather stains and discolourations, makes bare wood white or lighter in colour.
Rustin’s two part Wood Bleach is ideal for removing weather stains, ink stains and for lightening natural wood. For instance, mahogany wood can be bleached white then stained to another shade, such as Teak, Oak or Pine, using Rustin’s Wood Dye. If the wood is to be left as light as possible after bleaching, then it should be finished with Rustin’s Clear Acrylic Varnish.
If wood has been recently stained with a solvent-based penetrating wood dye, remove as much of the dye as possible with white spirit, steelwool and rag before bleaching. Rustin’s Wood Bleach will only work on bare wood. All varnish, lacquer or polish must be removed before applying bleach solutions. Old finishes are best removed with Strypit Paint and Varnish Stripper.
Easy Application
Apply solution “A” liberally, by brush, leave for 10-20 mins, the wood may darken at this stage.
Apply solution “B” liberally, using a clean white fibre brush.
Leave for 3-4 hours then wash and neutalise throughly as directed.
Once dry the wood is ready for staining/finishing.
If the wood is very dark or has been badly stained, repeat application after 2 hours i.e re-apply “A” leave for 10-20 mins then re-apply “B”.
After bleaching a crust may form, to remove scrub the wood with clean water.

Generally Wood Bleach is neutralised by washing with a solution of white vinegar, 1 teaspooon of vinegar in 500ml of water.
However there are two exceptions:
If Rustin’s Plastic Coating is to be applied after bleaching, the surface must be washed with a solution of spirits of salts (hydrochloric acid), 1 part spirits of salts to 7 parts water. If a white deposit remains repeat the washing process.
The wood should not be neutralised if acrylic water-based varnishes are to be used after bleaching, thoroughly wash with water only.

*Information from Rustins infosheets on WoodBleach

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Our New Range of Chalk Paints

RE:SOURCE Vintage is not only a great place to find fabulous upcycled and refurbished mid-century and vintage furniture, but is now a retail stockist of the popular chalk paints, shabby wax, and accessories needed to complete your own exciting upcycling project.

WP_20151209_001_2Tara Jones, Retail and Marketing Assistant at RE:SOURCE, oversees the day to day running of RE:SOURCE Vintage in St. Austell, she said:

“Our competitively priced ‘Shabby Chic’ chalk paints come in a fantastic range of 22 delicious colours. They are water based with virtually no odour, so are great for creating indoor projects, and are so easy to use as they can be used directly onto bare or painted wood, brick, stone, plaster or any suitably primed rigid surface such as metals and plastic -’Tara proof’ as my Mum would say!”

Our popular furniture and gift shop, situated in St. Austell town centre sells a range of collectable furniture in natural woods and hand painted finishes.  All furniture showcased by RE:SOURCE Vintage furniture are items that have been rescued from landfill and brought back to life by people in the local community who are looking to progress or rebuild their lives.  RE:SOURCE provides a safe and inclusive environment for people to gain confidence and learn new skills in a bid to reduce the effects of social exclusion in the county.

The volunteers and trainees in the RE:SOURCE workshop learn a number of finishing techniques under the careful instruction of an experienced cabinet maker in order to get the highest quality finish for their painted products including preparation, sanding, priming, denibbing and finally a top coat application.  Customers to RE:SOURCE Vintage have been keen to have a go at upcycling themselves and the new range of chalk paint will enable them to do so in a quick and inexpensive way.

Tara continued:
“We are very excited to have this opportunity to retail a great brand of quality chalk paints as it will help our customers to easily create their own furniture transformations.  Our store in Bodmin sells what I always describe as the ‘raw materials’ – great pieces of solid furniture, that with a bit of imagination and some paint could be transformed into an amazing and unique addition to your home. The hardest part is going to be choosing your favourite shade!”

Check out our current Bodmin stock for inspiration.

RE:SOURCE Vintage in St.Austell also has Shabby Chic furniture wax and a range of various paint brushes in stock to complement the chalk paints and enable you to pick up everything you need for your project in one visit.

More upcycling inspiration

Check out our step by step photo gallery as we upcycle a dated glass cabinet into pretty bathroom storage to display beach treasures and coloured sea glass…

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Countdown to Christmas!


Mahogany 1920s Perpetual Calendar

Crisp mornings and amazing sunsets, you can’t beat living in #Cornwall for it’s variation of weather conditions; four seasons in one day? it’s not uncommon!

Cornwall is also well renowned for it’s huge variation of crafty talent; our beautiful environment simply inspires creativity, and the relaxed pace of life allows the creative part of the human brain to flourish.

Pop into RE:SOURCE Vintage and admire all of our gorgeous, unique, handmade gifts and crafts made locally by some  seriously talented artisans. We now stock a great range of goodies, from upcycled vintage jewellery and bead-work, felt cushions, bags, quilts, pictures and cards, to vintage glassware and original ceramics. You can find our local craft suppliers listed on our website.

All these gorgeous gifts are presented beautifully to complement our fabulous vintage and midcentury furniture that’s been so carefully renovated and restored by our #volunteers and trainees.

A relaxed and #inspiring #shopping experience,  and unique combination of #vintage and #midcentury gorgeousness!

Nosey Reindeer Cushion

Nosey Reindeer Cushion

RE:SOURCE Vintage has launched itself headlong into the exciting Christmas festivities, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to grab yourself that extra special, and unusual gift for treasured friends and family.

Happy Shopping!


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#Strictly Glamour!

BlackpoolTowerBallroom#Glitterballs and sequins, acres of pretty lace and floaty tulle, amazing hair styles and the must-have spray tan, all the trimmings of the much loved #StrictlyComeDancing. This week marks a milestone for the #celebrity competitors and their professional dancing partners as they get to perform at the iconic #BlackpoolTowerBallroom

Add some #strictly glamour and luxury to your lifestyle with #inspiration from our #Pinterest collection…

Whatever your unique style, we have the perfect collection of #vintage and #midcenturymodern refurbished furniture for you to choose from.

Timeless Elegance –

Edwardian Style Dressing TableClassic Dressing TableDecorative and beautifully crafted; this Edwardian style dressing table would look great in any bedroom. Pretty veneered inlay and original metal handles, along with the original tri-fold mirror and plenty of practical storage, give this piece it’s very distinct look.

This piece would look even more amazing with long strings of sparkly beaded necklaces draped over the mirrors, and striking vintage glass pots of bangles, rings and accessories adorning it’s surfaces.


Beautiful Victorian wash stand made with red walnut.  It has a marble top and stunning green tiling to the back. There are three good sized drawers with ornate brass handles and a cupboard with matching brass lock. The over mirror is bevelled and shaped and surrounded with ornate carving.

Midcentury Modern Style –

'Beehive' Dressing Table'Beehive' Dressing TableBeautifully renovated, late 1960s/early 70s, oak veneered ‘Beehive’ dressing table and mirror, with six practical and good sized drawers, and great styling.


This 1970s teak dressing table by G-Plan is in great condition. The sleek table top gives the clever illusion of floating above the drawers. Discretely shaped centre drawer has a soft lining to protect your jewellery and accessories.

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Upcycled Vintage Chic –

Ivory Dressing Table Ivory Dressing TableVery pretty, eye-catching piece,  hand painted and finished in an ivory/off-white. This lovely dressing table comes with four drawers, and its original mirror with a cute shelf below for all your lotions,                                                           potions, and jewellery.


Glamorous original Lloyd Loom bedroom stool in a spangly gold finish. Made by Lusty & Sons Ltd in November 1953.


Go to RE:SOURCE Vintage to browse our full collections in Funky Retro, Vintage ChicTimeless Classic, and Heritage styles; even more inspiration for glamorous living.

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Creative Upcycling

All pieces by RE:SOURCE Vintage are items that have been rescued from landfill and brought back to life by people in the local community who are looking to progress or rebuild their lives. RE:SOURCE provides a safe and inclusive environment for people to gain confidence and learn new skills in a bid to reduce the effects of social exclusion in the county.

RE:SOURCE Vintage range enables volunteers and trainees at RE:SOURCE to take part in a creative process from start to finish. Each item of furniture has been cherry-picked, from a comprehensive collection, for its individuality or a charming focal point. The volunteers and trainees decide what styling and colours to use to enhance the furniture and then get to learn about furniture restoration techniques such as sanding, waxing, French polishing, oiling, painting and stencilling.

Here is a great example of a beautifully imaginative creation by our longstanding volunteer, Simon; this everyday wooden coffee table has been taken to a new level with the addition of a soft blue/grey paint finish, then its pretty detailing carefully enhanced in sage green and gold highlights.

You can find more creative upcycled transformations by our volunteers and trainees on our website


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