From Dull To Deluxe - Upcycle Your Furniture!

Is there an old piece of furniture in the back of your garage, or a friend is throwing away a set or drawers? 
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BEFORE                                                  AFTER
      
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Alison, co-founder of Cream is a lover of up-cycling. When Alison's friend was throwing away some old drawers, she could't resist a mini upcycling project and the results are amazing! Here is 10 simple steps on how to turn a dull piece of furniture into a deluxe statement piece at minimal cost!  (There are also some tips at the end for the people who would prefer a slightly simpler project) 
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1. Find The Furniture 
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Find a piece of furniture thats needs a refresh, in the garage, at a charity shop, online or maybe there is a cabinet at home that just needs a little TLC. In Alison's case, she found this set of wooden drawers.
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2. Some Light Sanding 
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Sand down all of the wood, this doesn't need to be a massive job, just to take off the first layer.
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3. Prepped and Primed
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Paint a layer of primer and a layer of undercoat onto the sanded wood. The primer is used to create a surface for the paint to adhere to, you can find this at your local DIY store. You can use any colour of undercoat, preferably use a similar colour but in this instance Alison used white as that is what she had at home. 
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4. Now for the fun part... Painting!
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Paint your peice of furniture in whichever colour you decide, Alison went for our iconic 'Stargazey' emulsion paint, all of our paints are available in sample pots if you would like to test a few colours first. 
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5. Take Your Measurements
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To gain some idea on how big you would like your design to be, what sort of shape it needs to be and what size to print, Measure the furniture or the area that you would like to cover.
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6. Choose Your Design And Print Off
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You can use any design you like, are you going for a theme? What look are you going for? Alison took elements from our Helford Shell Collection, and coloured them on her computer in a dark blue print over an antique gold background. You can use any print you like and print out on regular printing paper. 
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7. Cut Out Your Printed Designs
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Neatly cut out your design, Alison found that using a scalpel was the easiest way to do this. Tip: The simpler the outline shape, the easier it will be to cut out. 
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8. Stick On Your Designs
Glue the print out in place on the furniture using regular PVA glue. 
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9. Add A Coat Of Vanish
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Add a coat of varnish to create a seal over the paper and give the draws that final finish. 
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10 . The Finishing Touch - Add The Perfect Handles
  
For the perfect fish,  add some new handles. Alison used a mix of of two scallop brass knobs for the top set of drawers and eight of the seahorse brass knobs for the four bottom drawers - both of these are available online and in store.
Alison said that adding the handles really pulled the look together.
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"I wanted to give the drawers an antique feel at a small cost". 

Here is the final results! How amazing do they look? 

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For a simpler project Alison suggests giving some furniture a fresh coat of paint and adding some new handles. 
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For more inspiration, we have a range of door knobs and paint samples on the websites and in store that might help you with your vision. 
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Happy Upcycling! 
Cream x 

 

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