Illusions of Grandeur

We are delighted to announce that Previous is now a proud stockist of GRAND ILLUSIONS ‘VINTAGE PAINT’. Like Annie Sloane, it is a ‘chalk’ or ‘milk’ paint, with a high level of natural earth pigments, but it is more fluid and as such, easier to use. Moreover, the palette is wonderfully Nordic-French and probably more sophisticated and current.

Grand Illusions isn’t a new name. They developed some of the first ‘historic’ paints in the 1980s and were one of the country’s leading purveyors of painted furniture, long before anyone else was doing it, publishing several books on paint techniques, so they know all about quality of product and finish. The paints are designed to recreate the milk paints of the 18th and 19th centuries – they dry to a chalky, matt finish. Unlike vinyl emulsion, they aren’t packed with plastic, are VOC free and eco-friendly.

Not only are are stocking the whole range, including brushes, shellac and waxes, at very good prices, (as you might expect), we are offering very reasonable PAINT COURSES, starting on Saturday April 24th and and another in May. Courses last from 10-1 and will be taught by Nicola, in the lovely double-height workshop at ‘All the Pretty Things’ across the road from Previous Homewares. You will learn and practice all the basic techniques necessary to transform your own pieces of furniture. Contact us at the shop for further details. APRIL 24th NOW FULL.

Something For The Weekend, Sir?

It can be hard to find the perfect something for the men in your life, and with this in mind, here at Previous, we’ve got lots of new man-presents from £2. We have a great well-priced range of traditional Italian Barber’s products, not widely available in the UK; Proraso dates from the 1920s and has been a well-respected household name in Italy for many decades, selling pre and post shave foams, creams, balms, brushes, bowls and combs, not forgetting beard oil. There’s even a sensitive skin range – Come in and have a sniff!

Also new are our bike-themed toilet bags and notebooks, the ‘adventurer’s folding knife-fork-spoon’ set, fab ‘hello handsome’, Batman and ‘Sawdust is Man-Glitter’ mugs, and a delicious range of artisan chocolate by Creightons – how about choccy ‘hipster bikes’ or moustaches on sticks?

As you might expect, we always have some cracking ‘man-tiques’: brass multi-screwdriver, teeny boxed mouth-organ, chrome mid-century desk calendar, brass Spitfire, lots of old Dinky toys, Edwardian post-office scales, 50s golfing motif glasses and post-box money boxes, Anglepoise lamps and lots, lots more.

Easter Madness

God I love the Spring! Annoyingly, I start looking for signs a bit too early and anything from snowdrops onwards makes me smile. Of course, there’s a lot to lift the heart this week: baby rabbits, primroses, daffs, bluebells, light evenings ….and now that Corsham park is full of baby lambs and it’s warm enough to have the shop door open all day long, it feels as though we have well and truly made it through the Winter. What’s more, we’ve loved having a hidden golden egg in one of our windows as part of the Corsham Easter egg competition and have welcomed lots of little ones, (and a few big ones) in search of their gold star!

And so at Previous our thoughts have turned to the outdoors, with local hand-made zinc top tables (available in any size to order), vintage cafe chairs, galvanised tubs, obelisks and oyster baskets. We have also expanded our ranges to include new toys, cards, wrap, posters, star t-shirts, cashmere in new colours, batman mugs (so topical!) and sublime new silver and gold jewellery from Amsterdam, which you won’t find anywhere else in the country. You know that Spring is definitely here when the new linen smocks and sparkly silver plimsoles start flying out!