Posts Tagged “furniture renovation”
I have to admit for a hundred times that I am addicted to changing things around my home -upcycling, recycling, repainting, upgrading. Giving items their second life. This is an example of a third life I gave a simple IKEA tray.
Originally it looked like this; I bought it for €5.
Then I painted it green with some black stencils. When I stopped liking it, I decided to do a little bit of decoupage (I used printouts of vintage papers).
When I decided to change it again, I had to remove the decoupage first. Then I cleaned it thoroughly and sandpapered every bit of tray. Clean everything with a damp cloth and let it dry.
Apply two coats of chalk paint. After the paint had dried, I sanded it with a very fine sandpaper. I also used steel wool at the end.
I decided to paint the side edges and the handles in a different colour. The blue masking tape helped to make the lines on the edges straight. When dried, I followed the same procedure – I treated it with some sandpaper and steel wool.
When everything was dry and clean, it was time to apply something to preserve the paint. You can choose a varnish; I decided to go for wax.
Wax is not water or heat resistant, but I just love the look of waxed chalk painted surfaces.
Following the instructions, I applied two layers of the wax. I let each of them dry, and polished with a soft dry cloth giving a tray a beautiful shine.
And now I have a lovely orange and yellow tray to serve my teas coffees and biscuits 🙂
It was a rainy weekend. The weather and greyness made me feel quite lazy, but it did not stop me from finishing a few projects. It was nice and fulfilling to stay at home and bring a few things back to live.
Lovely mustard-yellow fabric and chalky finish waxed wooden frame in graphite.
I have started the chair on Thursday afternoon from painting the frame, and I have completed renovating finished it over the weekend.
Renovated retro dresser.
Chalky grey and graphite finish with a silver coating at the countertop. All waxed and polished.
Renovated dresser / sideboard. that was in my hallway.
What is necessary to start this little upholstery project? To renovate and uplift an old armchairs or stools you need: manual skills old armchairs, chairs, stools or some other furniture that you can practice your upholstery on tools and materials for renovating (The only tools I was using were a small hammer, upholstery stapler…
I love finding old pieces of furniture and bringing them to life. I have lots of ‘garbage’ at home that just waiting to be renovated. Tables, chairs, armchairs… wooden pallets waiting to be painted with the stencils. This time I had restored a small chest of drawers that I found on the local ads website….
Yesterday I eventually found some time to finish this stencil and use it to paint our multimedia cabinet. You can find the instructions on each of the images. They picture pretty much every step of stencil making and stencil painting process. In case you have difficulties to read (I know some of the inserts are…