She went on to launch her own business – Stacey’s Shabby Chic Shack shop. Here, she tells us about her journey and shares her top tips for upcycling success…
SM: I got started in the fantastic world of upcycling when my husband and I found two pieces of furniture at a nearby car boot sale some years ago and decided they looked good together. It was a piece of sideboard and the top of an old dresser - they stayed in their poor, ugly state in our kitchen for years until I decided one day to have a go at painting them. The end result was amazing and so many people told me I should go into business so I painted a few more pieces and found out that there is a real market for upcycled furniture.
SM: I love that they are not something you can just buy off a production line. Each of my pieces are unique to me, I put so much love and effort into making something striking and different.
SM: Like many small business mine is currently based at home in Coventry, West Midlands – but I am hoping that will change soon!
SM: The first piece I ever upcycled was two scrap pieces of furniture which I put together to create a dresser. I painted it using Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Duck Egg and Antique White then sanded it for a shabby chic look. I entered this into the Rust-Oleum Make It Yours competition and won it was then I knew I had a talent for this and should continue.
SM: It has to be a set of farmhouse chairs I painted in Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Pumpkin and Antique White. I used a decoupage technique to create a blue rose pattern to the seat and back rest – I now use these as bedside tables they’re very unique, which of course, I love!
1. Don’t throw anything away! You’ll always find a use for it somewhere.
2. If you want to paint your furniture get a good set of paint brushes designed for chalk paint.
3. Always turn the furniture upside and paint from top to bottom.
4. Always paint in a well-ventilated and light filled area so you can see what you are doing.
5. Let your imagination run away with you! Nothing is out the question, you can always find a way to do something if you try hard enough!
SM: I have used many different brands now and always find Rust- Oleum is the best for me. I can mix the paints together to create the colours I need. I find Rust- Oleum has the best finish for me out of all the other brands I have tried.
SM: I would love to open up my own shop one day, somewhere to display my pieces to the public. I would eventually like to be able to hold workshops to show other people how they can create beautiful pieces for their home.