Who says colour is just for walls?

Who says colour is just for walls? Upcycling is an easy way to breathe new life into a preloved piece of furniture and express your unique style. Just take Chalky Emulsion & Furniture Wax and add your imagination.

How to upcycle

So what do you need to know if you want to make an old piece work for you?

  1. Preparation is key – you will get the best results by preparing the surface for painting. If you are painting wooden furniture with old varnish on it, sand the surface first to smooth it and provide a surface the paint will stick to. If you are painting a more unusual surface such as metal or plastic, read the instructions on the paint can carefully – does it tell you to prime the surface first?
  2. Plan your effect or colour scheme first - If you are painting patterns or clean lines, make sure to measure out the effect you want and mark out the lines with tape. Unless you are supremely confident with your freehand skills, taking time to measure out and mark up your design will make the job so much easier.
  3. Think about how the item will be used and choose your paint accordingly – are you painting a chair or bench for the hall that will be in use every day? Eggshell is a hardwearing paint with a low sheen and is perfect for these items. Are you painting a vintage wardrobe or picture frame and are going for a distressed look? If so then Chalky Emulsion can be painted on, rubbed down in areas for a distressed effect and then protected with a wax topcoat. Is the item glass, plastic or metal? Look at our Artisan spray paints for metallic and effects paints that will be suitable for these surfaces.

What to upcycle

The quick answer is…anything you like!

From vintage dressing tables and wardrobes to 70’s pine units, and from modern ikea picture frames to plant pots, most items can be given a new look, and one that is uniquely yours. The cost of preparing and painting the surface will in many cases be far more cost effective than investing in something new.

Here are some great examples:

This wardrobe has been painted in Fresh Plaster Chalky Emulsion and protected with Furniture & Effect Wax by @_town_to_country_

Fresh plaster wardrobe

This plant pot looks fantastic painted with monochrome stripes and finished with some metallic paint at the top from @therestorationlady

painted pot

We love the chevron design painted on this unit by@teal_elephant

chevron unit

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