Relics of Witney Limited

Modern Eggshell – a new hard-wearing finish from Farrow & Ball

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Farrow & Ball have just released a tough new paint finish for interior wood and metalwork. The Modern Eggshell is a very hard-wearing mid sheen finish that's available in all 132 colours. It is great on floors, stairs and skirting; and also recommended for use on kitchen cupboards (where a tough paint is needed). It's quick drying (dry in around 2 hours and recoat in 4); washable and wipeable; eco-friendly (low voc); and water-based (safe for children and pets).

Visit us at Relics of Witney Ltd, The Old Works, Corn Street, Witney, Oxfordshire to find out more about using Modern Eggshell in your home. 


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5 new paint colours by Earthborn

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Earthborn have recently updated their colour card and have added 5 brand new colours to the mix. The collection of 72 shades is available in a range of finishes. The Claypaint is a distinctive, ultra-matt finish which is perfect for interior walls and ceilings (especially where a breathable paint is needed). Furniture painters and upcyclers will love using Eco Chic, which is a thick and creamy paint. It's similar to a chalk paint and is extremely easy to apply. The 5 new hues, along with the rest of the colours, are available to mix in store.

Introducing the new colours

Sapling is a mellow and creamy green, the perfect pastel for a calming living room or bedroom.

Peach Baby will brighten up the day with its delicious peachy pinkish shade. A light, gentle tone, it’s a versatile shade that can work wonders in all room types.

Trumpet is a deep bluey purple. Designed to envelop and relax, its dark yet chalky undertones add sophistication to a space.

Moulin Rouge inspired Can-Can is a racy shade, designed to add a warm, rich pop of pinky red colour. 

Hobby Wood is a bold woodland green, ever ready to help bring the outside in.

Sample pots and colour cards are available in store. 


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Villa Dalarö wallpaper collection by Sandberg

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Villa Dalarö is a gentle collection designed for those living in the countryside or for those who yearn to. Beautiful new designs and heritage patterns, offered in a colour palette inspired by nature.

Designs are available in a wide selection of muted and easy to use colours. All patterns are manufactured by Sandberg in Sweden using small-scale artisanal production.

View the collection in store. Samples are available to order.


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New Colours of England colour card by Little Greene now available

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Little Greene's Colours Of England collection is a range of 128 classic and contemporary colours and includes true historic shades authenticated by English Heritage.

The English Heritage Colours are the result of combined research to discover the true historical colours used over several key periods in historic decoration from early Georgian right up to the 1970s. They are clearly marked on the colour card and there is a key to the period from which they hail.

Pick up the new Little Greene colour card from Relics of Witney Ltd, The Old Works, Corn Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6BZ.


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Oxfordshire-based stockists of Crown Trade Paints

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We are Oxfordshire-based stockists of Crown Trade Paints and can mix colours in store whilst you wait. Crown offer a wide selection of paints for interior and exterior use. We've put together a quick overview of some of the products available. For details of the full range visit our shop: Relics of Witney Ltd, The Old Works, Corn Street, Witney.

Primers and Preparation

P.S.B. Stain Block Primer (water-based)

Excellent opacity and stain blocking properties for interior and exterior use. It creates the ideal primer to cover and seal problem stains such as nicotine and smoke.

Fastflow Quick Dry Primer Undercoat (water-based)

Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Primer Undercoat is a water-based primer undercoat with excellent coverage and quick drying properties. It is specially formulated for use with Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss, to achieve a smooth gloss finish. Suitable for interior and exterior wood and correctly prepared metalwork.

Walls and Ceilings

Matt Vinyl (water-based)

A premium quality flat matt emulsion for interior use on walls and ceilings, where a flat non-reflective finish is required.

Silk Vinyl (water-based)

A premium quality silk emulsion for interior use on wall and ceiling surfaces, where a washable high sheen finish is required.

Clean Extreme Scrubbale Matt (water-based)

Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt provides a true matt finish with the durability and longevity that allows repetitive cleaning with the added benefit of excellent stain resistance.

Arcylic Eggshell (water-based)

A premium quality fast drying, virtually odour free emulsion, an ideal alternative to solvent-borne Eggshell to minimise disruption.

Trim

Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss (water-based)

Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss is a waterbased, durable gloss finish for use on suitably prepared interior and exterior joinery and metalwork. Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss has excellent opacity, and a high gloss finish, with the added benefit of staying whiter for longer, compared to traditional solvent-borne gloss.

Full Gloss (oil-based)

A premium quality decorative and protective finish for use over correctly prepared joinery and metal.

Eggshell (oil-based)

A premium quality, highly durable, washable eggshell finish for interior use. It offers outstanding resistance to steam and condensation and is suitable for areas such as kitchens and bathrooms and high traffic areas. 


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Our Crown Paints mixing machine has arrived

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It's been a very busy day today – our new paint mixing machine, shaker and display stand have arrived and we are now able to mix Crown Trade Paints in store.

We love brands with heritage and Crown Paints go as far back as 1777. The Trade range is made of premium quality paints used by contractors, decorators and builders, but it is available to all.

We're excited to add Crown to our list of paint brands. Pop in and pick up a colour card!

Visit our shop at The Old Works, Corn Street, Witney, Oxfordshire to buy paint from Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Paint & Paper Library, Earthborn, Dulux and now Crown.


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Meet Michael Nicholls, our Osmo expert

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Michael Nicholls is our Osmo Regional Sales Manager and has over 12 years experience within the decorating industry. He has previously managed two Decorators' Merchants in his home county of Norfolk and has gained in-depth knowledge from leading brands such as Dulux, Farrow & Ball and Zinsser; along with trusted information from his trade customers.

Providing satisfactorily high customer service and brand development grabbed the attention of Osmo UK, who now make full use of his talent. 

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Osmo is a market leading brand in its own right.
— says Michael

Michael will be joining us on Saturday 8th April 2017 to give an informal talk about using the products in your home. Find out how to apply the oils and the best way to maintain your flooring and furniture once it's been applied.

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It gives me great pleasure to offer individuals an understanding of Osmo – a product range that can assist individuals in achieving a long lasting, naturally beautiful effect to their internal or external timber and one that, in my opinion, is unrivalled in the industry.

There will be samples so you that you can try the Polyx®-Oils yourself and ask any questions over a cup of coffee.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about why you should be using Osmo on your wooden flooring, furniture, doors and worktops. 

Follow Michael on Twitter: @Prepisking

Reserve your space:

Name *
Name
Preferred time

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Why use Osmo wood finishes?

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What is Osmo?

Osmo is a combination of wax and oil – this combination seems to last longer than most ordinary floor oils and is far more hardwearing than a wax. It retains a nice mellow sheen which brings out the natural beauty in the wood.

Why use Osmo?

Osmo is excellent. It has less solvents than most of its competitors; it's based on natural oils and waxes which allow wood to breath; and they are less inclined to yellow the wood. The finishes are water and dirt resistant and protect the wood from daily wear and tear.

What makes it different?

  • Fewer coats than most oils
  • Wide range of coloured finishes
  • Easy to use

How do I apply it?

Most problems associated with Osmo result from over applying. For best results you only need a maximum of 2 thin coats. You can apply with a lint free cloth, brush or microfibre roller. 

It sounds expensive...

At first glance it does... it's about twice the price of an ordinary oil. However, the coverage is about double and therefore lasts much longer. Like any good quality product it will cost you less in the long run (we promise). 

What else can I use it for?

It was originally designed for flooring but can be used on anything made from wood – for example, furniture and doors. It's safe for use around foodstuffs (ideal on chopping boards and worktops) and is friendly for use on toys.

Is it really that good?

Yes – that's why we stock it!
A maximum of 2 thin coats for a tough, easy-to-apply, long-lasting finish.


LEARN MORE ABOUT OSMO

Come along to our FREE Osmo event on Saturday 8th April 2017.


Osmo: hardwearing and durable protection for wood

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Over the next few blog posts we'll be taking a look at how you can protect your wooden flooring and furniture by using products made by Osmo.

We'll be explaining more about the interior finishes and why you should be using them on your flooring, furniture, worktops and anything made of wood.

 

Osmo event - Saturday 8th April 2017

On Saturday 8th April, Michael Nicholls from Osmo will be joining us to give an informal talk about using the products in your home. Find out how to apply the oils and the best way to maintain your flooring and furniture once it's been applied.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about why you should be using these hardwearing finishes on your wooden flooring, furniture, doors and worktops. 

Reserve your space:

Name *
Name
Preferred time *

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How to protect your wooden flooring and furniture using Osmo

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Osmo Polyx®-Oils are developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture.

Advantages

  • Extremely durable and hardwearing
  • Very water and dirt resistant
  • Enhances the wood's natural character
  • Resistant to common liquid spillages (water, juice, tea, cola and wine)
  • Saliva-resistant and sweatproof (suitable for children's toys)
  • Microporous, breathable finish which doesn't crack, peel or flake

Michael Nicholls from Osmo will be joining us on Saturday 8th April to give an informal talk about using the products in your home. Find out how to apply the oils and the best way to maintain your flooring and/or furniture once it's been applied.

There will be samples so you that you can try the Polyx®-Oils yourself and ask any questions over a cup of coffee.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about why you should be using Osmo on your wooden flooring, furniture, doors and worktops. 

Reserve your space here.

Alternatively, email shop@relicsofwitney.co.uk or phone us on 01993 704 611 to find out more.

Celebrating stripes with Sandberg's RAND collection

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We love the timeless elegance of stripes...

Balenciaga striped coat photographed at the Eiffel Tower by Richard Avedon.

Balenciaga striped coat photographed at the Eiffel Tower by Richard Avedon.

Greta Garbo on vacation in 1932.

Greta Garbo on vacation in 1932.

Gene Davis painting 'Franklin's Footpath' in front of Philadelphia Museum.

Gene Davis painting 'Franklin's Footpath' in front of Philadelphia Museum.

Drag racing day at the Auteuil races by Jacques-Henri Lartique.

Drag racing day at the Auteuil races by Jacques-Henri Lartique.

Coco Chanel with Gigot on the French Riviera.

Coco Chanel with Gigot on the French Riviera.

Madame de Meyer by Baron de Meyer.

Madame de Meyer by Baron de Meyer.

Caroline de Maigret.

Caroline de Maigret.

Pable Picasso by René Burri.

Pable Picasso by René Burri.

USING STRIPES IN THE HOME

Sandberg have just launched a new range of wallpapers made entirely of stripes. The RAND collection uses sharp lines which can be used throughout the home.

Color Swatch Dark Blue

Color Swatch Dark Blue

Djurgården Green

Djurgården Green

The collection takes inspiration from travel and cities.

Emilia Light Blue

Emilia Light Blue

Fjordbyen Dark Blue

Fjordbyen Dark Blue

Each pattern has been named after a district of a Scandinavian city: Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki.

Kallio Black

Kallio Black

Kristina Blue

Kristina Blue

Stripes have been used in various ways and produced in a wide range of colourways.

Magnus Black

Magnus Black

Österbro Black

Österbro Black

William Light Grey

William Light Grey


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2016 in pictures

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We've had a lovely (busy) year. Take a look at some of the things we got up to in 2016...

We had a cold start to the year at our old address on Bridge Street.

We had fun using big toys to transform our new building.

Rialto built us a new entrance.

House & Carriage moved all of our shop fittings and stock.

We opened for the first time on Corn Street.

Farrow & Ball released new colours and wallpapers (including 'Peignoir', which you can see on Charlotte the Sheep).

We designed a new logo.

Wooden Pins painted our signage.

We saw our gravel car park turn in to paving.

Little Greene released new colours and wallpapers.

We were joined by 'Morris the Milk Float' who gave out free goody bags and colour advice.

Francesca from Farrow & Ball gave an inspiring talk on how to use colour in the home.

We installed a new Paint & Paper Library stand and colour boards.

We were nominated for the 'Best in Witney Awards'.

We mixed a lot of paint for customers...

...and for the new shop!

Sandberg released beautiful new wallpapers.

A 'special guest' came down to help us celebrate our move to Corn Street.

We hosted the very first 'Oxfordshire Makers Market'.

Sophie Whittle drew us.

Thanks to everyone who came to the shop (or shopped online) this year. We hope to see you in 2017!

Christmas Opening Hours 2016

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SATURDAY 24TH DECEMBER (CHRISTMAS EVE)
8am-3pm

SUNDAY 25TH DECEMBER (CHRISTMAS DAY)
Closed

MONDAY 26TH DECEMBER (BOXING DAY)
Closed

TUESDAY 27TH DECEMBER
Closed

WEDNESDAY 28TH to SATURDAY 31ST DECEMBER
8am-4pm

SUNDAY 1ST JANUARY 2017 (NEW YEAR'S DAY)
Closed

MONDAY 2ND JANUARY 2017
Closed

TUESDAY 3RD JANUARY 2017
8am-5pm (back to normal hours)


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Oxfordshire Makers Market

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Thanks to everyone who came along to the Oxfordshire Makers Market last month. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did?

A great line-up of talented makers, designers and craftspeople certainly helped to make the day go as well as it did.

A wide range of wonderful products were available to buy, including: pottery, leathercraft, woodwork, printmaking, artisan bread and textiles. 

Thanks to the following stallholders for their time :

  • Enstone Leather
  • Harriet Poppy and Margarita de Forteza
  • Sit Upholstery
  • Posy Gifts
  • OP Woodcraft
  • Fig Bags
  • Larder & Tuck Box
  • Braw Scotland
  • Love Your Plane
  • Muffat Prague
  • Sophie Whittle and Emily Russell
  • Leigh Pottery
  • The Bread Shed
  • Jan Ritchie
  • The Floral Fox

And thanks to Hannah Giblett for creating our wonderful event window (which you can still see at the shop!).

We hope to host more events in the new year. Keep up-to-date by following 'Oxfordshire Makers' on Instagram: www.instagram.com/oxfordshire_makers.

Oxfordshire Makers: Makers' Market – showcasing local designers, makers & craftspeople

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We've invited a select group of local creatives to set up shop within our space in West Oxfordshire.

There will be pottery; leathercraft; woodwork; textiles; prints; handmade chutneys, conserves and confectionery; and more  all available to buy, directly from the designers and makers themselves.

DATE: Saturday 19th November 2016, 11am-6pm.
VENUE: Relics of Witney Ltd, Corn Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6BZ.

FREE ENTRY.
Shop open as usual: 8am-5pm (plus an additional hour for the Makers Market).

Images from some of the stallholders...

Find out more by following 'Oxfordshire Makers' on Instagram, or let us know you're coming on Facebook.

The 'Pink' collection from Little Greene

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A new capsule collection of pinks from Little Greene is now available at Relics. 

8 colours make up the collection, along with a coordinating, limited edition wallpaper.

We mix all Little Greene paints in store. 

Visit the shop to pick up a colour card.

1940s Wallpapers by Farrow & Ball

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Farrow & Ball's new collection of wallpapers have been inspired by the 1940s (the decade in which the company was founded). The 3 uniquely textured papers are contemporary interpretations of classic prints from the 40s and are block printed using real paints.

ENIGMA

A bold, geometric design made of interlocking rectangles. 

GABLE

A playful deign featuring ploughed fields, picket fences and farmyard animals.

ARCADE

A scalloped pattern inspired by the art deco movement.


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Update on the exterior of our shop

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With the re-paving of the car park almost complete, we are now focusing on painting the shop front. We have given the brickwork a coat of Wall Primer Sealer, which will stabilise the surface and control absorption of the surface to prevent patchiness.

We're using Little Greene's Masonry Paint for the top coats – a very matt, water-based, quick-drying paint with anti-fungal properties.

The next step will be getting our signage painted. Sign-writing is pencilled in for the end of the month (weather permitting), so come back soon for more updates.


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