Hello there and welcome to Paint Buzz. I set up this social enterprise because of my interest in nurturing our internal and external worlds. 

Upcycling furniture is good for the planet and a therapeutic activity that suits all kinds of people - those who prefer to work on their own and those who love the camaraderie of the workshops, those who like the meditative, repetitive quality of the painting and those who love the creativity - for some like me it's all of these at the same time!

I use Frenchic chalk furniture paints as I'm a huge fan and am now also the Oxford stockist. The innovative, eco-friendly, high-quality, non-toxic products have beautiful colours, textures and finishes that make it easy to give old, unloved furniture a new lease of life. One can create something beautiful and useful quite quickly, but also craft something unusual and complex with ease. This is very good for self-confidence and a lot of fun to do. An added bonus is that you end up with something useful.

Thanks to a grant from Oxfordshire County Council, I offer funded craft and upcycling activities to those accessing day care who are over 18. Currently I'm working on a project with Aspire, a charity that helps vulnerable people with housing and job support.

For those who want to learn more about different paint techniques and enjoy the many benefits of upcycling with Frenchic, please check what workshops are coming up here

Hoping you enjoy upcycling as much as I do.


Mary Zacaroli