Upcycling

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We decided to get creative over the weekend and we are really delighted with the result. We needed a standout piece to display our new range of General Finishes Milk Paints and Stains and here is how we got on. 


Our display needed some height and the below coffee table was the ideal piece. We first gave the table a quick sanding to open the coat of the wood. Then it was time to jump straight in and paint. On the underneath and legs we used General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint (Approx 3 coats). On the top we wanted to test the wood stains from General Finishes and were delighted with the results. The Espresso stain provides a great depth of colour and offers lovely contrast to the Antique White on the legs.

 

Next up was the bookshelf and this is where we wanted to get creative. We have a vast new range of products in store at the minute which we wanted to test out and this was the prime opportunity. We opted for the Antique White again on the exterior to tie in with the table but wanted to lift it a little and create a wow effect. To do this we opted for decopage on the sides and top and a bold Blue Satinwood from Colourtrend on the shelves. 

 

This was our first attempt at decoupage and to say we were nervous was an understatement. Despite our worry the process went rather well for a first attempt. To read more about how to decoupage check out our blog for all you need to know (CLICK HERE).

 

 

The bookshelf had gorgeous detailing on the side of flowers which needed to be exaggerated to create a wow effect. To do this we painted them as we did the rest of the exterior in the Antique White Milk Paint but to tie in with the gold in the decoupage we used a gold gilding wax. Gilding wax is very versatile as it can be used on wood and metal. It is ideal for knobs, wooden detail and metal detailing that you will find on a lot of the pieces you are revamping. It is available in gold, pale gold, silver, copper and bronze so the opportunity is endless.

 

 


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