This week we decided to give upcycling a bash. We all have pieces of furniture sitting at home that literally just exist without creating any wow factor. Upcycling is a huge trend at the minute which inspires using these everyday boring furniture pieces and transforming them into statement pieces. 


We took on the idea with excitement, not really knowing where to start, so we first picked the furniture. This bedroom locker was to be the test piece. We wanted to transform it into a piece which would live up to the funky lime green colour of the room it sat in. 


What you will need:

  • Paint Brushes - we used Fleetwood's 5 Brush Pack Set
  • Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint - Antique White

  • Colourtrend Prime 2 

  • Colourtrend Tester Pots - Colours used are Dressage and Glass Bottle 

  • Sanding Block

  • Roller Set

  • Masking Tape

  • Ronseal Matt Clear Interior Varnish


  • Remove the knobs from the drawers.
  • Sand back the topcoat of the wood and remove the sawdust with a damp cloth.
  • To seal and prime the wood we applied two coats of Colourtrend's Prime Block 2 - This offers superior adhesion for the topcoat and also will block the knots from showing through the paint. ​ 
  • Once dry we applied our topcoats, on the main body of the locker we used Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint (Antique White). For the front of the drawers we used Colourtrend interior matt tester pots: Colours - Dressage and Glass Bottle (2/3 coats required here). 
  • Finally we needed to seal the Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint with Ronseal Matt Clear Interior Varnish. This protects the chalk paint and seals it against wear and tear. Another option here is to use Rust-Oleum's Furniture Wax for a more authentic feel and look. 

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Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the next piece.