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As overwhelming numbers of entries come in each month, we are amazed by the amazing upcycles and gorgeous transformations. So many creative projects made it a tough task to choose our favourites, but with much deliberation the ten runners up and our lucky top prizewinner have been chosen.
The top prize this month of £250 went to Stephen Kelsall who lovingly repurposed a gentleman’s wardrobe he purchased for £45 from eBay, into a bespoke shoe cabinet for his girlfriend. This ingenious storage solution is not only functional but looks fabulous! Stephen used Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Pink Champagne to add a touch of feminine class to the interior and for the exterior he created a shabby-chic look using a base coat of Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Furniture Paint in Silver, followed by a topcoat of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Winter Grey. Once distressed using a damp cloth he applied a protective coat of Rust-Oleum Lacquer to protect the finished look. This item is truly unique and sophisticated, especially with the extra addition of the LED lighting system.
Coral Winslow-Llewellyn has created an ingenious coffee table by repurposing old and unused encyclopaedias. Stacking them one on top of each other she painted them using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Chalk White with a protective coat of Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Clear to finish. The transformation was complete with the addition of a circular Perspex sheet to form the tabletop. This unique coffee table is a great way to make something fantastic whilst repurposing items that were destined to be thrown away!
Christie McGowan took a 1960s nest of tables and brought them into 2016 using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Graphite and Winter Grey with a finishing protective coat of Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax, Clear. Christie’s stencil work is just what these drab tables needed to bring them to life!
Rachel Malone has transformed the look and feel of this old, varnished side table. Using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Chalk White for the tabletop was the perfect choice for a slick minimalistic feel. The addition of Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Furniture Paint in Gold to the bottoms of the table legs adds a sophisticated touch and design edge for a chic piece of furniture.
Loraine Berry saved a tired and tatty chest of drawers from a local tip and revamped it into an eye catching one-off piece of furniture. She used Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Winter Grey on the main body and Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Clotted Cream, Dusky Pink, Duck Egg and Bramwell for the drawers. Once fully dried Loraine distressed the piece, added brand new handles and a coat of Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax for a smooth finish and added endurance.
Lindsey Rowley purchased a bargain coffee table from eBay for just £5, which she fell in love with due to its design and carved features. She firstly gave the table a good base to work with by using Rust-Oleum Surface Primer spray paint, which also provided her with a lighter base to then apply the topcoat to. Following this she opted for Rust-Oleum Painters Touch in Navy Blue, giving the item an exquisitely glossy and luxurious finish. With a finishing protective coat of Rust-Oleum Polyurethane to ensure longevity the piece was complete.
Lesley Tulloch found a discarded unit that was ready for the skip but decided that she could give it a new lease of life. Using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Graphite and Winter Grey, she created the perfect contrast for a cool toned piece. Lesley used Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Dark for the remaining exposed wood and Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Clear to seal in the finish.
Isobel Kenny has renovated an old coffee table trunk into a gorgeous shabby-chic centrepiece using two contrasting shades. To begin she selected a basecoat of Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Furniture Paint in Gold, and then added a topcoat of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture paint in Belgrave. Using a damp cloth to reveal the metallic paint beneath, this is a stunning combination that really changes the feel of the room. The painted hinges and lock add the perfect finishing touch and with a coat of Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Clear, this look is sealed in.
Jennie Cupial-Preston beautifully upcycled a dark wood Indian cupboard to be an intricately decorated bespoke piece of furniture. Jennie used Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Graphite, Fire Brick, Blue Silk, Bramwell, and Clotted Cream to help create this look with various techniques from painting, masking and stamping. To create some contrast between the paint finishes Jennie also used Rust-Oleum Gloss Finish Furniture Paint in Liquorice for detailing which looks incredible. To protect the finish she used Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax and the piece was complete!