Furniture Upcycle Project with Jess from The House That Colour Built

If you've never come across this smile-inducing home before then you've been missing out.   Jess and Rick began renovating their 1930's house and have been sharing their journey via their Instagram account @thehousethatcolourbuilt. In a few short months, they have built up a following of over 70K with their audience absolutely loving their confident use of colour, DIY efforts and Jess's love of vintage.  Their style incorporates a modern, block-colour pastel palette and a really refreshing mix of second-hand purchases.  Jess loves to source new pieces from places such as Ebay and charity shops and has experience in renovating furniture.   

At Craig & Rose we love to see people using colour as a way to explore their own style and personality in their home so we invited Jess and Rick to join in with our #UnsameYourHome challenge. Jess has shared with us her experience in renovating this beautiful, yet slightly un-loved sideboard along with some top tips.

BEFORE: This sideboard got the #Unsame treatment

Jess used a selection of Craig & Rose premium brushes

Supplies:

Preparation

To start, I used fine-grit sandpaper all over to remove any imperfections creating a slightly rough surface for the primer and paint to adhere to – nobody wants flaky paint!  I then wiped down all the dust and left the sideboard to dry. I masked off inside the doors to leave a neat edge, and remove all the handles and stored them safely away for later. 

Using a 3-inch Craig & Rose brush, I gave the whole piece a coat of white undercoat – as the wood was dark, I wanted to ensure I was giving the new paint colour the best base possible. While the undercoat dried, I used old-faithful Brasso to give the original handles some love – I adore the patina of the old brass so wanted to keep them and give them a new lease of life.

Painting

To start, I used fine-grit sandpaper all over to remove any imperfections creating a slightly rough surface for the primer and paint to adhere to – nobody wants flaky paint!  I then wiped down all the dust and left the sideboard to dry. I masked off inside the doors to leave a neat edge, and remove all the handles and stored them safely away for later. 

Using a 3-inch Craig & Rose brush, I gave the whole piece a coat of white undercoat – as the wood was dark, I wanted to ensure I was giving the new paint colour the best base possible. While the undercoat dried, I used old-faithful Brasso to give the original handles some love – I adore the patina of the old brass so wanted to keep them and give them a new lease of life.

Finishing Touches

The colour was AMAZING – but I wanted to take the sideboard to another level of gorgeous, so I used a detail brush and Craig and Rose Antique Gold to highlight the panel details on the doors and drawer fronts.

I then re-attached the handles – and the beautiful sideboard makeover was complete!

The sideboard has gone from a lovely yet quite commonplace piece of furniture to something so unique and a perfect fit for us! We have definitely managed to #unsame our home even further with the help of Craig & Rose. 

The Final Result