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As more and more entries come in each month, we are delighted to see all the imaginative upcycles and beautiful transformations. It was a very tough task to pick our favourites from so many great projects, 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 Dean McDonald for his stunning transformation of not one but three pieces of furniture. Starting life out as polished mahogany and pine all three pieces now match perfectly with a combination of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Anthracite and Graphite. Distressed to reveal the darker basecoat and finished with gold knobs and new upholstery the pieces are totally updated.
Mark Stocking has skillfully updated an early 20th century sideboard using a traditional Japanese burning technique on the top and legs called Shou-sugi ban. The process preserves the wood by charring it, cooling it, cleaning it and then finishing it with natural oil. To complete the look Mark finished the sideboard with black matt Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch aerosol and a bright acid green colour for the drawer fronts and some decorative drop drawer handles.
Natalie Gwilliam has given new life to an old sideboard bought from an auction, with a large crack down one of the cupboard doors it was in need of some urgent tlc. With a coat of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Graphite and a finishing coat of Rust-Oleum Dark Furniture Finishing Wax to give it a rich tone she has created a beautiful and opulent sideboard. To further accentuate the opulence Natalie has added trendy gold bee drawer knobs and feather door handles, which perfectly complement the smoky paint finish.
Moi Ali has repurposed an old washstand into a trendy piece of furniture that would look stylish in any interior. To eradicate the discoloured varnish the shell was painted in Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint Antique White and the drawers in a contrasting shade of Homespun. With the finishing touch of a black marble top the look was complete.
Rosemary Winston has given what was a drab tall chest of drawers a sophisticated makeover with embellishments of gold and green. Using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Bramwell as the main colour, Rosemary has then picked out the details and handles with Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold. Finished with a coat of clear Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax the piece is unrecognisable from its former self.
Jodi Hill and her son have taken what was a boring and plain cupboard door and created a handy message board using Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint. To coincide with her son’s bright and vibrant bedroom they chose the blue Chalkboard Paint and fully painted the surface of the door. It now acts as a perfect place for homework reminders.
Kanti Mahidharia has very cleverly created a super hero costume rail that is also personalised for the little hero. Using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Chalk White and Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Furniture Paint in Gold for the rail, Kanti has not only created something that is functional but also something that will display the costumes in a creatively.
Nichola French has taken a plain unpainted set of drawers from Ikea for £20 and stamped her own style on it. To achieve the look she painted the frame in Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Slate and stained the drawer fronts to a dark wood. To complete the look she added some vintage gold drawer pulls.
Rachel McNeish brightened up a corner of the outdoor space at a 300 year old Nursing and Residential Home using and old bike and some pretty pastel planters. Using Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface spray paint in Slate Grey she fully sprayed the old bike making it into a decorative feature, then moved onto the planters which she brush painted with Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface in Rose. Rachel states that she is ‘thrilled with the results which are already bringing a lot of joy’.
Toni Sidonio saved an old bike from being scrapped and repurposed it as a feature for the garden. Using two cans of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Berry Pink the bike was transformed and finished with a wicker planter full of colourful flowers.
Simon Loan has radically updated an old and scratched sideboard into a statement piece using Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Carbon. For the drawer fronts, Simon chose a psychedelic blue paper, giving the sideboard a statement final look.