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Upcycling old furniture with chalk paint...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

upcycling-furniture-with-anDave & I have turned our spare bedroom into a shared office, we have two desks along the wall looking out our window over our garden. But I wanted a little side unit for my craft stuff, somewhere I could have my sewing machine set up and ready to use.
When I found my mum had this little gem in storage just gathering dust I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!

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I started by cleaning the unit down, then I chose old white Annie Sloan chalk paint for the exterior. I chose lotus blue for the back of the shelves so the colour would shine through when I displayed my wool and jars on it. Ive used Annie Sloan paint to upcycle my kitchen table so I knew how to use it before I started. I mixed it with one part water and did three coats of blue and four coats of white. It dries super quick and the first coat looks really patchy but just keep going it will look better! Leave 24 hours before applying the last coat.

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And voila the finished article! I played around with different ideas of things to display but decided on my original idea of using it for my craft items. I finished my kitchen table with Annie Sloan lacquer which is the best finish for alot of wear and constant wiping and cleaning. For this type of unit you could also use a wax for a more worn vintage look.

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  2. Upcycling is such a good idea and people just don't realise how great it is. We've upcycled our dining room table and dresser. It was great to create something together and make it our own. Plus it was loads cheaper than buying it from the high street. :o) x

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  3. What an ace project, it looks great now you've finished! :)

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