How it all started. I’m Kirsty, founder of Upcycle Arcade. I have taken an idea, a hobby, and a longstanding desire to create something from nothing and Upcycle Arcade is the result. Upcycle Arcade was born in the Spring of 2018 but has now become a full-time endeavor after quitting my 35 year career in Financial Services. It was time for a change, and I took the leap of faith with the full support of my family. It is mentally rewarding, sufficiently fruitful and highly addictive: all my spare time is spent on Upcycle Arcade in some way.
I am ably assisted by my husband Jason, who is a Painter & Decorator – trained Dulux Colour Specialist – as well as a fine and qualified Plasterer and Tiler. JPT Plasterwork, Decor and Tiling. He helps organise the Upcycle Arcade deliveries.
Daughters, Phoebe and Jody are pretty mean machine embroiderers and Jody has an enterprising streak by taking unwanted, mis-matched crockery and pottery and making beautifully scented candles which she sells locally. Son, Max is my furniture-mover-in-residence.
Between them, they are the Young Upcyclers. Upcycling is proving to be fun and a little bountiful plus it teaches our children the importance of sustainability and a bit of frugality.
What makes us different? Here at Upcycle Arcade, we don’t just slap on a coat of wood paint, take a photo and pop it on social media. We hand source every piece and bring it back to our workshop where we fix it, strip it, sand it, then paint and polish it using techniques gleaned from research as well as learning from our own hiccups! Imagination and courage with our approach means each piece has individuality pushed just outside the comfort zone. The end result is high quality exclusive furniture that retains much of its original character.
Please take a look at what we have made and do get in touch if you would like to discuss anything about what we upcycle, recycle, craft and create here at home in a village on top of a hill in Bucks.
My work can also been seen on Conscious Cubby as I’m a recognised & approved professional furniture painter.