Our Story

The Shops

We took the big step in March 2016 to open a physical shop. Located in Pound Street, Newbury (in the old florist shop if you are familiar with the town), a listed building which has a quaint shop front. As well as continuing the ever popular furniture up-cycling, for which we are authorised stockists of Frenchic paint, we also sell ceramic handles, and brass door knockers, it was also an opportunity to add a range of complementary home accessories, soft furnishings, and gifts. We are next to the estate agents - Hillier & Wilson, set back a bit from the road, so you might not notice us at first. On warm dry days we put some of the stock out on the front courtyard, and you may even find us painting furniture out there. Feel free to pop in and have a browse, we are child and dog friendly. There are two main rooms in the shop area, and we have an eclectic range of items. Along with popular products, we try to source unique and quirky items. We support local artists and crafters and stock a range of their work including artwork, glassware, felt work, knitwear, embroidery, crochetwork, needlecraft, greetings cards, gift wrap, wood burning and glass engraving.

The Original Shop: In Pound Street, Newbury, it is home of the furniture, paint and upcycling accessories. We will be running furniture painting and upcycling workshops from here soon.

But, in 2018 we had an opportunity to explore a town centre location………

Market Place/Kennet Centre

Initially we opened as a pop up and moved location a couple of times until we settled on the street facing unit next door to the Catherine Wheel pub in Newbury. It worked well for us with a different audience and focused more on the home ware and gifts, at the same time gave us a shop window for the upcycled furniture. We made it permanent in summer of 2019.

Kennet Centre: Here you will find a wide range of homeware, soft furnishings and gifts

School Road, Tilehurst

Our latest shop, soon to be open after lockdown on 2nd December 2020 (well that's the plan if Boris allows us). We are currently operating Click & Collect from this location for orders from our web site.

This is a logical move for us for two reasons, I grew up in Reading and the previous Frenchic stockist in Reading - the lovely Tessa Turner of Epoch3 has retired. We will have a lovely selection of eclectic gifts, a mix of quirky, different and just fabulous. I challenge you to find any of the items in other shops in the area (except at No96 of course). The web site will give you a snap shot of what is to come on your doorstep. Naturally, we will have the full range of Frenchic paint & accessories, along with door knockers and door handles ready for your home or furniture makeover.

The Emporium, Hungerford

In August 2020 we took a small space in this very popular emporium in the centre of Hungerford. Here we stock the full range of Frenchic paint, along with ceramic handles and brass door knockers and a small range of homeware.

Beautifully Upcycled Furniture

Serpentine sideboard, painted in Frenchic 'Hornblower' with wall paper 'decoupaged' to the door and drawer fronts, coated with Frenchic 'Finishing Coat' for protection.

 

At No.96 Home and Gifts we select the best pre-loved furniture pieces, and lovingly apply a chalk paint and soft wax finish, upcycling each piece to provide the perfect 'shabby chic' look, creating stunningly beautiful upcycled furniture for your home. In fact, our finish is less 'shabby' and more 'chic' maintaining the elegance of the original piece, in effect, less distressing and more paint. We pride ourselves on attention to detail. For example, all handles and fittings are carefully removed (where possible) before painting and are cleaned before reassembling to transform the piece to its reborn glory. Chair seats are reupholstered, often with a contemporary, yet complimentary fabric. The range includes chest of drawers, wardrobes, tables, chairs, mirrors. See our furniture page for what is currently available. The furniture items are all original pieces and vary in age. They will of course, have blemishes, scuffs, etc. as you would expect from pre-used furniture. We take great care in cleaning, sanding down, painting and waxing them to create stunning up-cycled pieces that can be enjoyed all over again. You may have your own furniture that you have been reluctant to replace, yet it looks tired and needs a new lease of life. No.96 Home and Gifts would be very pleased to provide a quote to up-cycle it for you. Take a look at the commission work page, where you will find example projects that we have completed.

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