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As more and more entries come in each month, we are amazed by the beautiful upcycles and imaginative 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 Isobel Henihan who gorgeously upcycled her children’s old wellington boots to make a beautiful Christmas decoration–suitably festive for the season! The old wellies were repurposed into Christmas stockings with Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold and filled with goodies in time for Santa! However the upcycle doesn’t just stop at the wellies, the hanger is even taken from an old chest of drawers, repurposed and painted with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint, first in Anthracite, then Antique White. With a final protective coating of Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Clear, Isobel has produced a very cute and quirky Christmas makeover!
Carin Nuttall has fabulously renovated a dark wood bureau from the inside out! Using Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Slate and Teal this bureau has been given a new lease of life. Carin even painted the handles with Rust-Oleum Painters Touch in Pewter as a finishing touch. Our favourite part–the pop of colour using Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Bright Yellow, hidden inside each drawer!
Tina Patel picked up this second hand, well-loved desk from Gumtree and decided to put her own stamp on it with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Ink Blue. Tina waxed the desk using Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Dark to further enrich the colour and for the final touch, sprayed all of the handles in Rust-Oleum Metallic, Bright Copper. Now this once-drab desk is bang on trend!
Natasha Harry has ingeniously added a touch of chalkboard into her store. Using Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint in Black, Natasha has painted scaffolding bars and tiles around the store to enable her to write descriptions of the beers she sells. The matt black adds the perfect touch of class and gives the store a super trendy look.
Maria Menicou came across this beautiful piece of furniture whilst scavenging through her local second-hand furniture shop for just £35! With a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Laurel Green, this item proudly stands in Maria’s living room as a cross between a writing desk and storage cabinet.
Charlie Badham-Doyle lovingly restored a 1950s triangle rocking horse, giving it a contemporary twist. Charlie primed the horse with Rust-Oleum Surface Primer; following this she painted the horse using Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Duck Egg, Heirloom White, Candy Pink and Black. To finish and protect a coat of Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear was added to this beautiful upcycle.
James McMaster has beautifully repurposed a 1952 sewing machine into a quirky table lamp. Using Rust-Oleum Metallic in Bright Copper for the body, this sewing machine light is a unique, industrial-chic item that is sure to be a conversation starter.
Christine Pereira has transformed the look and feel of her kitchen with this furniture make over. Using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Sage Green across various pieces, Christine has not only created beautiful furniture, but has also coordinated her living space for a fashion forward look!
Caren Thompson purchased a bedside table for just £15! Although originally made from wood chip, covered in white vinyl that was then sprayed gold, Caren could see the upcycling potential! With the help of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Graphite, this bedside table is almost unrecognisable! The matt finish enhances the gorgeous shape and the knitted handles are a kitsch triumph!
Lucy Holder has upcycled a handmade wooden table with a 1960s vibe using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Anthracite and Mustard. The geometric design and clean lines gives it an edgy feel and creates a totally bespoke piece of furniture that she can display in her home.