Thank you to all who entered our Make it Yours competition in December. It was a tough month for judging with so many inspirational upcycles and transformation projects to choose from. However, with much deliberation, we have chosen the 10 runners up and our lucky top prize winner.
The top prize this month of £250 went to Simon who amazingly transformed a plain white bunk bed into Captain Nemo’s submarine, the Nautilus. Simon added fins, portholes, nightlights, dials, gauges, an escape hatch and even jellyfish patterned fabric to make the bed into a den. To get this look, Simon used Rust-Oleum Surface Primer and Rust-Oleum Plastic Primer to ensure all surfaces were correctly primed. He then used Rust-Oleum Natural Effects, Cast Iron in brush and spray, Natural Effects Bronze spray and brush, Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Aged Copper, Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Natural Charcoal and lastly Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Clear Protective Lacquer Spray. We love it!
Antonia bought an Onyx side table from a charity shop for just £5 and repurposed it into an ornate candle holder. To restore the golden shine, Antonia cleaned the metal work and used Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Bright Gold.
Jade bought some toy dinosaurs from the Pound Shop and repurposed them into fab Christmas decorations whilst also repainting old decorations. To achieve this look, Jade added picture hooks to the toys and sprayed them with Rust-Oleum Metallic in Bright Copper.
Jamie bought a bed on Gumtree and gave it a fabulous Captain America makeover using Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Cherry Red and White, the perfect choice for a child’s bed as the paint is Toy Safe. Jamie then added the starry fabric to complete the look.
Julie transformed a vintage console table by sanding the top for a lighter finish and using Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Teal.
Katherine bought a side table from the charity shop for just £2 and gave it a fantastic colour pop makeover. The base was painted with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Winter Grey and the stripes were Blue Silk, Lilac Wine, Mustard, Pumpkin and Emerald. Katherina painted the legs green with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Emerald and added metallic tips using Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Furniture Paint in Gold. For the star, Katherine used Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Cotton to act as a base coat before adding Rust-Oleum Metallic Bright Gold to finish. To ensure all the painted surfaces were protected Katherine finished the project by applying Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax, Clear to the top and legs and Rust-Oleum Metallic Furniture Finishing Wax, Gold for the bottom of the legs. Well done!
Louise and her husband lovingly made their 3-year-old granddaughter a dolls house for Christmas and decorated it with Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Powder Blue for the exterior and stairs, and painted the front door in Cobalt, the perfect choice for a Toy Safe finish.
Marianne picked up a bargain blanket box on Facebook Market Place that needed some TLC. After cleaning the unit Marianne applied a base coat of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Paint in Graphite, then added the quirky Game of Thrones themed stencilled words in Chalk White followed by dry brushing to create a distressed look. She then added metallic accents using Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Furniture Paint in Silver and sealed the finished project with Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer to ensure a long-lasting finish.
Nadia upcycled two shabby chic dining chairs into a bright bench using some wooden pallets from her local recycle centre. Nadia used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Purple to add the perfect colour pop.
Tracey picked up a vintage chest of drawers at a car boot sale for £5 and transformed it into a glam rainforest masterpiece using Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Furniture Paint in Gold and decoupage with tropical wallpaper.