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Thank you to all who entered our Make It Yours competition in December. It was a tough month for judging with a multitude of inspirational upcycles and transformation projects to choose from. However, with much deliberation we have chosen 10 runners up and our lucky top prizewinner.
The top prize this month of £250 went to Sachin Patel who upcycled old metal filing cabinets to create bespoke bedside tables. Sachin started by sanding away imperfections, and then painted the cabinets with two coats of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Graphite.
Sachin also sourced hairpin legs online and sprayed them with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Craft Enamel in Copper. Once dry, Sachin used a piece of MDF to fix onto the underside of the cabinet and attach the legs to the base. We love this upcycle!
Robert Maycock repurposed an old plastic toy elephant and transformed it into a fun and stylish lamp! He primed the elephant first using Rust-Oleum Plastic Primer. Once dry, he sprayed the elephant with Rust-Oleum Metallic Bright Gold before fitting a vintage-style fabric covered electrical cord, a gold bulb holder and a diamond shaped Edison style light bulb. Robert gave this to his sister as a Christmas gift! What a wonderful idea.
Amanda Duigan upcycled a vintage sideboard with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Belgrave. Once dry she added extra detail into the sideboard with Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Dark, Clear and Silver to protect the paint and create this beautifully aged, yet opulent effect. The outcome is simply stunning, well done Amanda!
Ashley Convery transformed a vintage teak display cabinet to create a jazzy home bar! She painted panels of the sideboard with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Belgrave, Mustard and Chalk White along with Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer, Clear for a protective coat. Finally she added panels of pretty wallpaper to complete the look. We think this deserves a nice glass of bubbly!
Chris Murphy gave a gifted pine wardrobe a new lease of life for their son’s first nursery. To freshen it up, they painted the wardrobe with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Winter Grey, leaving some areas of bare pine to create a rustic look. Once dry Chris applied Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Clear. Great work!
Clare Waugh gave a dark wood chair a facelift with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Chalk White and changed the upholstery on the seat to give a fresh modern look. Well done Clare, this looks fantastic!
David Newton upcycled an old school teacher’s desk from the 60s/70s using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Anthracite for the base and protected the paintwork with Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Clear. After stripping the top of the desk, David applied a clear coating of Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer to give a protective finish.
Emily Willet made her own dining table and benches from cut down newel posts and left over oak. The table legs were painted with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Anthracite and both the legs and table were protected with a clear coat of Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer. We love it when people make items from scratch!
Godfrey Chasmer upcycled an old brick pallet and an offcut from a curtain rail to make a wooden beer caddie. Godfrey applied two coats of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Winter Grey, then distressed the paint before adding a clear protective coating of Rust-Olem Furniture Lacquer. To finish, he attached a bottle opener!
Paul Balkman upcycled a set of drawers bought from a charity shop. He replaced the top of the drawers with new pine which he protected and aged using Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Dark. The drawers and cabinet were painted with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Antique White and new handles were added to finish the look! What a transformation!
Sharon Miller thought her piano was an ugly orange coloured eyesore and decided to upcycle it to match her interior colour scheme. To achieve this, she painted the piano with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Chalk White and Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Furniture Paint in Gold. To protect the paint, she applied a coat Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in Clear. This piano looks absolutely beautiful!