I first started upcycling a few years ago, I had been wanting to try it a while before that but I was to much of a chicken that I thought I would just mess it up.
My mental health was taking a dive so I needed to keep my mind occupied in the evening so I Started my first project which was a set of drawers I was given on a free site.
Since then I have completed various projects and its so easy to do and I’m going to tell you how.
- If you haven’t got any furniture in your house already that you want to paint have a look on Facebook gifting pages or selling pages, for a starter project I wouldn’t spend anymore than £5.
- Place a old sheet down.
- Wash it down with sugar soap which you can purchase from any DIY shop, I Buy wilko’s for £1.
- Unscrew any handles and keep them safe.
- Open your Chalk paint I use Rust oleum which comes in 3 different sizes 125ml, 750ml and 0.75L give it a good stir.
- Grab a paint brush and go for it, the paint is quite thick but I like it I just brush a little of back into the tin and usually I do 2 coats, however you can do it how ever you want to..
- For furniture with glass in I used to put masking tape around the edges to stop the paint going on to the glass but I stopped doing that after I did some corner units and realised a kitchen dinner knife wrapped in a baby wipe and wiped down the glass will take it of really easily.
- Chalk paint dries very quickly so no need to wait hours between coats.
- Use Rust oleum clear furniture wax to finish you only need a small amount on a clean cloth, if you use to much wax it dries thick and you can see it clumped.
- Screw any handles back on and clean the glass with glass cleaner and enjoy your new piece of furniture.
Here are a few of my projects I have completed.