About The Paint Attic
The Paint Attic presents French and New Zealand vintage furniture, and homewares. All stock is personally selected and restored by Francie Hey, the founder and creative director of The Paint Attic.
You can shop from a selection of restored vintage French furniture, lighting and mirrors and French vintage homewares, or you can commission a piece to be restored.
Francie offers a restoration service to give your furniture new life. She can restore and repaint furniture to your exacting requirements or help you decide the best options - you may have a cherished piece already, or you can select an unrestored piece from The Paint Attic vintage furniture stock. This is a very economical way of adding a personal touch to your home.
As a trained interior designer, Francie is happy to provide an at home interior consultation to ensure your restoration project enhances your home and furniture.
When sourcing furniture, Francie looks for features such as dove tail drawers, solid woods, detailed carvings and traditional hardware. The vintage pieces come from brocantes, second hand furniture shops, and old homes. She loves giving old pieces new life.
Prior to painting, Francie will treat wood as required for any borer, replace or repair hardware and complete any minor repairs. She uses New Zealand, British and French paints, preferably chalk paint, and then wax for a beautiful smooth sheen and finish - who would have thought Nana's old set of drawers or that dark dingy cabinet could look so good!
This site showcases some examples of furniture Francie has revived, repainted, and reloved… The studio has many more pieces yet to be painted at clients requests. All pieces are for sale at reasonable prices. Take a look at the selection of vintage furniture and homewares currently available.
Viewing is by appointment.
About Francie Hey
In 2009 she left New Zealand for France on a two year work contract. She returned five years later, with the experience deeply engrained in her heart. While living there she achieved a Diploma in Interior Design and fell in love with most things French - old unloved furniture was top of the list.
Francie spent many hours looking through old shops and warehouses, and often dragged her partner to brocantes (vintage markets), or vide greniers (literally translated as 'empty attic', these are village wide garage sales). And so The Paint Attic evolved when she started painting her own French furniture for her Kiwi home. It was her little souvenir of France.