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As always, the quality of the entries were of a very high standard making the job of choosing the competition winners and runners up all the more difficult, but with much deliberation the ten runners up and our lucky top prize winner have been chosen…
The top prize this month of £250 went to Annie Taylor and her extremely funky update on a set of drawers, rescued from the skip and given a new lease of life. Using a selection of Painter’s Touch brush and aerosol paints, she first sketched out a retro 1930’s inspired design, then built up the colours one by one. Annie is so pleased with the results that she now can’t wait to embark upon another Rust-Oleum up cycling project.
Anna Wycliffe-Jones has taken a regular wicker picnic basket, picked up from a second hand shop and given it a pop of colour, using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Dusky Pink. To complete the transformation she has added a patterned material to the interior in a pretty polka-dot design.
Belinda Yates has turned a very dated looking rocking chair into a pretty home accessory using a combination of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Duck Egg for the chair body and Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Ivory Silk for the seat. To personalise and finish off the piece she added a typography stencil to the backrest reading ‘the chair that rocks.
Gillian Bilby has taken an old-fashioned telephone seat and given it a new lease of life with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint. With a basecoat in Belgrave and a Chalk White topcoat, Gillian has then rubbed back the top layer around the details to reveal the colour beneath. The addition of some skillful re-upholstering in a striped fabric makes this piece unrecognisable from its former self.
Helen Main purchased a traditional pine TV unit from an auction site and set about giving it a fresh new look. Leaving the top surfaces and shelves in the original pine she highlighted the back panel, side and door with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Bramwell and finished the paintwork with a coat of Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax. The two-tone effect keeps the pieces traditional vibe but ultimately gives her unit a modern and unique twist.
Julia Smith has transformed an attractive sideboard-come-drinks cabinet using both Belgrave and Bramwell from the Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint range with a layered paint effect. This technique blends the colours together beautifully and is offset perfectly by the black hinges and lock. Finished with a coat of Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax this piece is looking better than ever.
Laura Perry has updated a very cute 1950’s dressing table with a coat of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Clotted Cream. Keeping the original handles and leaving one of the drawers as the original finish gives the updated piece a vintage twist.
Marleen de Veij has artistically decorated a generic Ikea shoe cabinet with a hand painted honeycomb design spread across the three front drawers. Using Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Duck Egg for the background and with a combination of her left over Rust-Oleum paints for the honeycomb she had created a totally unique piece that won’t be seen anywhere else.
Sarah Walker has beautifully up cycled a welsh dresser bought from her friend using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Duck Egg and Chalk White. Sarah wanted a lighter blue so mixed the two colours together, creating her own bespoke shade, which she then applied and sanded back for a rustic look, finishing off with a protective coat of Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax.
Susan Foyster bought a very sad looking oak bedside table and has turned it from unloved to totally desirable. She first gave it a coat of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Winter Grey and then carefully hand painted a French style graphic onto the door in Anthracite. Finished off with a protective coat of Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear top coat this once shabby piece is now super-chic.
Tracey Haskins, to brighten up her kitchen, purchased two old chairs and gave them a bold update with a splash of Bright Yellow from the Rust-Oleum’s Painter’s Touch range. To complete the look she has added new wadding and a funky teacup print fabric to the seats, the perfect addition to her 1930’s home.