A FLOURISHING entrepreneur has enjoyed more success within months of first unveiling her business.
Tracey Elliott, 44, runs Eco Chic-it in Usworth Road in Hartlepool and specialises in “up-cycling and hand painting furniture”.
She has been chosen as the first stockist on Teesside of a specialised paint called Annie Sloan.
Tracey said: “These are very special paints which Annie invented more than 20 years ago and are specifically designed to cover any surface. To become a stockist I had to produce a presentation with information about my business.”
She also had to submit photographs of her painted furniture and accessories, and was then visited by an Annie Sloan representative who “viewed my shop and conducted a formal interview”.
After being chosen, Tracey said: “It’s fabulous news and Annie is extremely important in the world of shabby chic and hand painted furniture. Her products are exclusive to her stockists which she has 180 of in the UK alone.
“She is also big in America, Canada, and France. I am hoping this will help my business to grow further. It’s fabulous news for Hartlepool.”
Tracey also holds classes and workshops where she specialises in teaching furniture painting. The business also has a showroom with pieces of work by Tracey for sale along with vintage accessories and hand made textiles.
Tracey also paints customers’ furniture to order “in the colours and finishes they desire”.
Her services at Eco Chic-it also include allowing people to use the large workshop within the premises to bring in their own furniture to paint.
Tracey was previously well known in town for running the Hartlepotz Ceramic studio for almost seven years.