Namesake pink paint used to revive some furniture

Sarah Weightman, founder of Everlong Paint, with the Duchess of Northumberland and chairs painted using the 'Duchess' paint.'Picture Jane Coltman
Sarah Weightman, founder of Everlong Paint, with the Duchess of Northumberland and chairs painted using the 'Duchess' paint.'Picture Jane Coltman

The Duchess of Northumberland was delighted to learn that she had inspired a new paint colour – so much so that she asked the entrepreneur to revive some furniture.

As previously reported by the Gazette, a north Northumberland shabby-chic specialist launched her own brand of paint for professional and amateur furniture upcyclers in December last year.

Sarah Weightman, who runs Everlong in Amble, worked with a North-East manufacturer to create the paint – a non-toxic and durable coating specially formulated for the furniture market.

It is available in 23 colours, many of which have regional references in their names including Amble Sea – a dark blue, Castle Keep – a warm grey named after Warkworth Castle, and Duchess – a vibrant pink, named in honour of the Duchess of Northumberland.

And now, the Duchess has had some of her furniture revived and painted in her namesake colour.

“Usually pink is not one of my favourite colours,” she said.

“However, coincidentally, I very recently painted my kitchen bright pink, which I love, and the Duchess colour furniture matches perfectly.

“I am delighted that Sarah’s business is going well and I wish her every success.”

Sarah explained that she decided to launch the paint after using a wide range of others available on the market, but not finding that perfect finish.

She said: “I have my own business taking commissions to up-cycle furniture for clients and I’d used various different brands of paint, some of which were good and some which weren’t so good. But all of them had some flaws and I realised I could do better.”

The new Everlong Superior Finish Paint, which is child-safe, contains no toxins and complies with the EN71 safety standard, was created entirely in the North East.

Due to the success of Everlong, Sarah is now running free workshops for people to have a go at using chalk paint for themselves from the business’s base at Marks Bridge in Amble.

Sarah said: “It has been a hobby of mine for a number of years and it has all escalated from there. I painted something for my mum and it just snowballed.”

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