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 Laura Dent for her brilliant upcycle of a second hand piano she picked up for free. Laura decided to transform it into a cocktail bar by first dismantling the front and rebuilding it with new wood, which she then painted with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Antique White and Graphite. She also created a distressed effect with Rust-Oleum Metallic Silver as the basecoat and protected the finish with a topcoat of Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer. With the addition of a wine rack and a shelf to hold glasses Laura’s upcycle was complete.
Richard Madders updated his kitchen cabinets with a lovely combination of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Chalk White and Graphite. Using the darker colour for the lower units and the lighter for the top creates a great effect and one that is very current. Finished with a protective coat of Rust-Oleum Clear Sealer, Richard’s kitchen is totally transformed and updated.
Matthew Slater saved a bureau from a house clearance, rather than taking it to the rubbish tip, he gave it a new lease of life with a simple yet effective paint job. He chose the fashionable shade of Graphite from the Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint range and painted the outside of the unit with two coats. For the front he made his own stencil and gave the unit a geometric paint effect, whilst still keeping the age and character of the wood visible. To finish he reused the stencil for the bureau’s interior back panel, giving the illusion of the pattern continuing when its open and being used.
Linda Mills has very skillfully updated a small chest of drawers with two hand painted landscapes on a background of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Clotted Cream. To achieve her unique designs she used a selection of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch brush paints to paint out the scenes making this a totally unique one off piece.
Amy Taylor has beautifully updated a six-drawer sideboard using a combination of Clotted Cream and Dusky Pink as an accent colour. The piece of furniture really suits the combination of colours and the addition of the pink knobs finishes off the piece perfectly.
Cathy McCluskey has used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint in black to paint a custom made chalkboard that has been used in a production of ‘One Night in November’, a play telling the story of the code breakers at Bletchley Park in the 1940’s. The chalkboard provided a visual aid to the story and provided a reliable surface that could be chalked onto and erased each night by the cast of characters.
Esther Gardner took a tired chest of drawers that had been previously painted and gave it a splash of personality with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paints and Painter’s Touch aerosols. She used Antique White Chalky Finish Furniture paint for the main frame, as well as Belgrave and Duck Egg for two of the drawer fronts. She then added a pop of colour to the remaining drawers with Painter’s Touch in Berry Pink and Metallic Gold. To add a little of Esther’s personality she decoupaged the final drawer with pictures that were meaningful to her. All finished with a coat of Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in clear to seal and protect the chalky finishes.
Kate Lloyd has turned an old wall cabinet that was destined for the skip into a cool batman-esque display cabinet that would suit any child’s bedroom. Kate has exploited the natural shape of the unit and highlighted the batman style carvings with the use of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Graphite with strong yellow accents around the edges.
Joanne Williams has transformed a period hallway table into a fun piece of furniture with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Chalk White and Coral. Highlighting the spiral legs and creating a striped design on the drawer front makes this table totally individual to Joanne.
Kamilla Toth has created a trendy, indie style design on a cabinet that had sat unused in her garage. She used a combination of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Salmon and Mustard to create the over all distressed look that mimicked the look of wood. To add extra interest Kamilla has added arrow designs to the front with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Duck Egg and finished with Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in dark to give it an aged look.
Kat Goetzinger matched her headboard and bedside table together with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Blue Silk, adding Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax in dark to create an aged antique look. To finish she also painted her bedside table lampshade in the same colour to tie everything together.