27 Nov 2021

Joanne seeks support for book on transforming old furniture

'Furniture Crush' book shares the skills of painting furniture

Joanne seeks support for book on transforming old furniture
By Eamonn Wynne @TheNationalist

A Clonmel woman is hoping to publish her first book through crowdfunding.

Joanne Condon has been writing 'Furniture Crush' for the last year.

"It’s a book to share the skills of painting furniture and give people the confidence to do it themselves at home", says Joanne, who runs the Kyle Lane upcycled furniture shop in Upper Irishtown, Clonmel.

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding projects by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people.

Joanne's publication is being funded through, where subscribers can make contributions.

"My target is €12,000. I have until 2pm on Tuesday October 4th to reach that target and it’s all or nothing", says Joanne, who's originally from Grange and now lives near Newcastle.

At 3pm yesterday, Tuesday, a total of €4,868 had been raised.

Money isn't deducted from the accounts of subscribers unless the target is reached.

Joanne says that if the project isn't successful the book will take longer to publish, as she'll have to take a different approach.

"Furniture Crush is about showing people easier and better ways to give colour and a new lease of life to their homes", she says.

"Who wouldn’t want to have fun while being creative, transforming your old, sad furniture into something that makes you proud and happy.

When visitors call and ask you where you got that beautiful piece of furniture, there is nothing more satisfying than saying ‘I did that’. This book is going to help you do just that".

Joanne believes that with the increase in the popularity of upcycling and painting furniture, this book will be a valuable edition to any proud homeowner's library.

She opened Kyle Lane in November 2011, upcycling furniture and selling it in her shop, taking commissions and teaching people how to paint furniture through a series of different workshops.

The business started in Dillon Street before recently moving to Upper Irishtown.

Joanne is regularly featured sharing projects in Irish Country Living, the magazine with the Irish Farmers Journal, and was the upcycling expert for RTÉ One's Today show last season.



A great morning was enjoyed by all who attended the coffee morning in aid of South Tipperary Hospice held at Mai’s, Market Place, Clonmel last Thursday.

Thanks are extended to all who supported this event.

The fantastic sum of €1747 was raised, well done to all involved.

Mai’s (formerly O’Tuamas) will be officially opened next Monday 26th September at 9am.

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