Handmade Gifts from Cheltenham Road

Cheltenham Road began several years ago as a hobby and quickly grew to take over my life to become a full fledged hand-made business. I started out fixing up and painting old furniture but quickly tired of lugging it around to shows. Almost accidentally I began making smaller home goods (coasters, candle holders) and combining those with my life-long passsion for vintage graphics and, behold, a business was born.

Cheltenham Road products can now be found online and at retailers across our fair land. I’m a contributing blogger for Mod Podge Rocks and my work has been published in Star Trek Crafts and the Upcoming Big Book of Mod Podge.  My projects and tips have been featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine, BHG online, Lowes Creative Ideas Online Magazine, and several other popular sites such as Apartment Therapy and HGTV.

(About Me)

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My companies name is a tribute to my astounding family and the place I grew up learning from them.

My mom can, and does, make anything.  The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing.  My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART.  My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch.

I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow.  Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home – cause it just wasn’t cool for a 13 year old boy not only to know what a chenille pipe-cleaner was but that you could make some really cool things out of it.

Happily I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating.  So, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path.  I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since I like to be honest, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing.

(About the blog)

New York City HOME wood sign by Cheltenham RoadMilk bottle label wall artLondon Subway Style Dresser Project Cheltenham Road

I started the Cheltenham Road blog, well, because that was what you were supposed to do. But it has quickly become one of my favorite aspects of this new adventure

Through the blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person.  I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!”

I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California.

So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road!  Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.


  1. Elizabeth Ann
    July 11, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I just found your blog and I love it. I like your style of writing and so love your projects. Looking forward to seeing more.

    Elizabeth Ann

    • cheltenhamroad
      July 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

      Hi Elizabeth! Thank you very much and welcome! I’ll try to keep the good ideas coming.

  2. Chloe Long
    Chloe LongReply
    September 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Hi David! It’s Chloe (From Apollo)

    Love the blog!! Truly amazing work. You are quite talented :]

    How often are you at the Rose Bowl flea market?? Just moved into a new apartment and I’m in the market for a coffee table/ among other things.

    Take care!!

  3. Anne Ornstein
    October 7, 2011 at 8:58 am

    David, I just found your blog and your products on Etsy – awesome! Please contact me at the email attached – would like to talk about selling some of your coasters!

  4. Michelle
    February 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I actually love on a street called Cheltenham Road in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. I blog over at The236.net. :)

    • Michelle
      February 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Whoops….*live. But, I do LOVE living on Cheltenham! :)

      • cheltenhamroad
        February 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        Hi Michelle,
        The name Cheltenham clearly inspires creativity!
        I must say the bathroom looks top notch (great floor tiles and the glass ones are way cool). And your signs are way cool. I just bought a cameo and need to take some lessons from you.

      • Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl
        March 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

        I lived on a street just off Cheltenham Rd. near Philadephia, PA. Wonder how many Cheltenham Rds. there are ;-).

  5. Anna
    February 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Hi David,

    In January I was at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and I came across your stand. I loved all the furniture, especially the white French label table that said “chocolat” on the top. I ended up not buying it back then but I couldn’t get it out of my head, so in February I went back to the flea market. This time, I wasn’t able to locate your stand (I was with my aunt and she got a bit frustrated that all I wanted to do was find the stand and the little white table).

    Fortunately, I’m really good at Googling and so just today I came across your site after searching for the black London dresser (which I really really really liked as well).

    Anyways, I am so happy to have found your blog! Your work is really good. Do you still make the French label tables or do you have any left? I am still very interested in purchasing it.

    Thank you so much,

  6. Madora
    June 15, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Love! Love! Love your blog! I am an Ohio transplant in Louisiana, so your appreciation of Ohio gives me the warm fuzzies. (I miss it a lot!) And your furniture projects are absolutely gorgeous! I look forward to reading more. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Jo Ann
    Jo AnnReply
    July 24, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Hello! I too have just found your blog and read ALL of it yesterday morning. I’m from Bucyrus, Ohio, went to nursing school at Riverside Hospital and lived in Columbus before moving to Austin, Tx. Anyway, I LOVE your wit, writing, and creations, and will check your blog frequently.

    • cheltenhamroad
      July 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Jo Ann and thank you so much! I was born in Riverside Hospital!!!!
      I will try to keep up with regular posts……someday……I promise……..
      Also, I have so many friends who have moved to Austin – I must check it out one day soon.

  8. robin
    August 13, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Where do you find such cool images? love your blog; it’s always so fun to read!!! and you give great inspiration!! Keep up the good work!

  9. Jim Stevens
    Jim StevensReply
    January 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Do you produce any vintage style world maps on grape trays

    • cheltenhamroad
      January 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      I haven’t yet but it’s a cool idea….if I can find some grape trays

  10. Liz
    January 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Hello David – Don’t you luv search engines? Was doing a web search on my favorite fabric store which led me to a blog which had a link to Mod Podge Rocks which then lead me here. Unfortunately as an adult who must awaken early in the morning for work I must shut down here for the evening and be responsible.
    We must have a genetic link concerning reading-Is there anything available in the form of written words that is not fabulous? During the long summer afternoons here in the Arizona desert when the latest round of library books had been consumed and the next trip for new ones was days away I read random volumes from our encyclopedia set(possibly gave my age away?!). There wasn’t much detail in the encyclopedias but it opened up so ideas and concepts that could be further studied with the next trip to the library.

    Then I had the pure joy of reading about your sneaky misspellings. So enjoyed your account and your possible alternatives. Particularly the Aimless Floozy one. I love the word Floozy so fitting at times but also so open for individual interpretation. Considering ordering from you “Floozy”, aimless not so much. Thank you for the delightful laugh.

    And I am soo looking forward to some free time this weekend to really give you blog a read through.

    Have a wonderful remainder of this beautiful week!


    • cheltenhamroad
      January 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thanks for your note Liz. YES! Floozy is an awesome word! I try to use it as often as possible…..which can get me into trouble. Reading encyclopedias! I admire your commitment (and I never want to play trivial pursuit with you). Enjoy the desert and the library books and thanks again!

  11. mfagnano
    April 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Hi David-
    I bought 6 of your vintage So Cal locale votive blocks at Angelo Home and I’m just about to post them to my blog, downtownboomer.com –I’m starting a new category: Friday Frivolity–every Friday I’m featuring something I think would make a perfect gift or a great little indulgence that comes from our wonderful little city of Los Angeles. Happy to make you my first posting! I love how these votives look lined up at corner angles so you can see the great colors and designs playing off each other. At night when the votives are lit they’re sublime!

  12. Corinne Rode
    Corinne RodeReply
    April 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hi David,
    I’ve just found your blog from Flipboard and I am torn between two “frustrations” : 1st one is L.A is soooo far from Gruyère, Switzerland. I’d love to visit you but it will be in the future ( in your new store with 3 floors with Swiss chocolate for you ).
    The 2nd “frustration” is that after 3 days to read all the pages, marvelling about your way ( from your garage to a store ), I realize that my path to creativity as lively as yours will be very long :-(
    But I don’t want to compare my chapter 1 to your chapter 30 :-) so I will try my move and sometimes, pick up ideas from your blog. Keep going to inspire me !
    Thanks again,

    PS : Thanks to explain the products used ( I’ve found Mod Podge : successfully used to transfer photo on wood but not sure to find all equivalences you quote )

  13. justine
    June 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I just read that you’re at the Rosebowl Flea Market! Can you tell me the location of your stand please. See you on the second Sunday of the month!

    • cheltenhamroad
      June 8, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Hey Justine,
      I’m so sorry. I’m afraid I no longer sell at the Rose Bowl. Just didn’t seem to be the right venue for me after a while. It’s a great Sunday outing though – have fun!

  14. FreddyandPetunia
    April 1, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I was trying to do a “hit & run” through some new blog post notices in my in box. Saw your rustic trays at My Salvaged Treasures, followed the link and….45 minutes later….thanks David.
    Okay, my day is getting a late start now, but I’ll be back to check out more of your zaniness, great humor, and creativity! A n d- I feel compelled to check in on my “blood brother” –I’m a “little” accident-prone too! (..there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing—yeah, me too.)
    Are we related? I’m the baby with 3 big brothers and my mom says I’m the handiest man she knows. Hope you’ll check out MY blog–you might find/see many parallels too!
    Your newest follower–

    • cheltenhamroad
      April 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Thanks Catherine. I like the “blood brother” angle. Sounds macho! Like we’re in a gang!
      And now I’m off to get lost in your blog.

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