Tipperary's Kyle Lane founder's "D.I.Y. approach" to book publishing

Niamh Dillon


Niamh Dillon



Tipperary's Kyle Lane founder's "D.I.Y. approach" to book publishing

Kyle Lane founder Joanne Condon

“It's a D.I.Y. approach to book publishing. I love doing things myself so this is an extension of that,” explains upcycling specialist and Kyle Lane founder Joanne Condon who has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to get her debut book 'Furniture Crush' on the shelves by Christmas.

“I'm nearly to the halfway point for my target so I'm feeling positive that I'll get there,” she says.

To date Joanne has amassed almost €5,400 of her €12,000 target following donations from members of the public eager to see the ultimate guide to revamping old furniture in Ireland's bookstores.

“I decided to go down the self publishing route as I've always championed doing things yourself and crowd funding seemed like a good fit for the project,” explains the Newcastle based D.I.Y. expert.

“A lot of those who have pledged money so far have attended one of my workshops and they really loved it,” says Joanne who adds that any pledger who backs her project is eligible to receive “rewards” such as a pre-ordered copy of the book before anyone else or attending one of Kyle Lane's workshops.

Furniture Crush has been a year in the making and details everything any D.I.Y. enthusiast needs to know about transforming old furniture into “works of art.”

“The book covers everything from painting to sourcing furniture and I'm very proud of the finished product. Writing a book was always one of my dreams and there are lots of project ideas covered in Furniture Crush so anyone with an interest in upcycling is sure to enjoy it,” adds the former art teacher.

Since launching her business in 2011, Joanne has appeared on the RTE One Today Show as an upcycling expert as well as a regular column in the Farmers Journal County Living.

To contribute to Joanne's campaign visit www.fundit.ie or visit kylelane.ie for more information on the project.

Joanne's fundraising campaign will close on October 4 at 2pm and money will not be deducted from subscribers accounts unless the €12,000 target is reached.