Meet the Terryglass couple who 'upcycled' out of the recession

Niamh Dillon


Niamh Dillon


Meet the Terryglass couple who 'upcycled' out of the recession

Dave Corboy and his wife Annette with some of their upcycled projects

“A creative eye and being able to look at things a bit differently goes a long way,” says Dave Corboy, one half of family business ‘Revived & Retro’ which has been creating up-cycled and vintage furniture since 2013.

“I enjoy making things that are a little bit different. It’s not the same as everything on the high street. There’s a little bit of a story to them as well,” adds Dave who runs the successful company alongside his wife Annette in Terryglass.

Revived & Retro, which specialises in creating unique furniture by repurposing previously used materials in new ways, began life in Autumn 2013 when work opportunities for qualified carpenter and joiner Dave began to slow down.

“There was a lot less work around at the time so we began thinking up other ways of generating revenue. I’m a qualified carpenter and Annette has always had a very good eye for colour and design so we decided to give it a go,” explains Dave.

And four years after their launch at local pop-up markets their business has gone from strength to strength with customers travelling from across the country to purchase their quirky one off pieces and unique furniture.

The couple initially operated a pop-up store in the former church building in Terryglass village before taking the business entirely online this year- a move Dave says has given the duo more creative freedom to work on projects.

“I’ve always placed a great emphasis on the environment and I would see the importance of re-purposing and reusing materials in whatever way we can rather than just disposing of them,” he says while describing one of his latest projects which saw him re-purposing wooden cable reels into funky benches, rustic tables and clocks.

“It’s very much a team effort with myself and Annette. She’s a very creative person and we work very well together. We would do a lot of commission based work where a customer will come to us with an idea and then we’ll put it into action,” he adds.

Additionally the couple also run demonstration evenings and workshops which Dave says have proved “extremely popular” as more people move away from buying mass produced furniture in the hopes of finding something unique.

“I like the idea of walking into a house and knowing that something’s not from large supermarkets. It’s nice to have something different and I think more people are starting to think that way too,” he adds.

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