Plus it was a one minute job that basically involved cutting a hole in the top of the bin! Gumtree recently asked if I would do a guest blog on an upcycling project and I gladly accepted.
When I moved into my house, the previous owners left a chest of drawers in one of the bedrooms. I knew I could let my creative streak loose on it to breathe new life into it and bring it up to date! Most the time when I upcycle I can visualise how I want something to look but this time I had an array of changing ideas of what I could do with it. A big factor for me is doing it low cost. I however generally find cheap alternatives. I had intended to use my homemade chalk paint old emulsion or tester pots are good mixed with some plaster of Paris and water that is a fraction of the cost of chalk paint and in my eyes just as effective, however after seeing the Alfreshco stand at the Grand Designs Show I was so impressed I had to experiment with their spray paint intended for graffiti artists!
Who would have thought that grey, the colour associated with being boring would be so popular — I wonder if EL James is to blame with her 50 Shades trilogy! Cover the area in decorating sheets or tarpaulin. Spray paint travels — the bigger the breeze the further it travels.
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I got to try out my new sander which really is a great investment and will save you so much time and energy! A grit of 80 is probably optimum but I used a 60 then a After sanding I wiped the dust left with the lingerie then used a jay cloth and white spirit and gave it a good wipe all over.
Being impatient I wanted to get started NOW so I used a bit of old quick drying paint for wood that I took from the tip on my last visit! I paint two coats on and wait 45 mins or so for it to dry. Instead, after drying a couple of hours, I decided to give it a light sand, dusted it down then used white spirit on a cloth and wiped it in the direction of the grain and hey presto got a great distressed effect. I must say though that the Montana spray seems much better quality than the more expensive one I got from my local DIY chain. The fun part is next…watch your furniture crackle!
The more paint you spray on the bigger the crackle! I use some white acrylic paint I had knocking around and an old ruler to push the paint into the stencil. Notice the use of the lingerie again!http://www.cantinesanpancrazio.it/components/fezohaby/1203-spiare-un-telefonino.php
I opt for wax as I prefer the finish. The wax will darken the colour — see the top far left drawer. So how has your outdoor space and garden furniture fared over the winter months and is it all ready for the summer months?
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If not then what are you waiting for? My garden furniture consists of upcycled pallet benches and a side table and a bigger table that I made out of old fruit crates.
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Pinterest is also a good place to get ideas. So once you have made your pallet furniture how are you going to protect it? Also chalk paint is great at covering varnished wood. Once the prep work was complete and I gave the benches and side table a good dust off white spirit on a lint free cloth is good for this , I then started applying different colours of chalk paint, using one colour at a time and when I switched colours I just blended them in together.
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To finish and to add good protection for the summer and winter months I added two coats of clear varnish — in fact being the cheapskate that I am I had some decking stain left over that was a white wash colour so I actually used this. Chrissy's Moments by Judy Dearing.
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These six went around a neighborhood singing carols and one guy was so in shock he said "John Legend?! You're singing in the front yard? Since Kenan was so disappointed that he couldn't make it to the celeb's party, he called Legend to say "Merry Christmas" and Luna hopped on the call to stare adorably but not answer any of Kenan's questions, you know, since she's only two years old. As for the Queer Eye cast, they called to check in on the party planning with Chrissy and also ended up talking to Luna, who hung up on him. John sang his song "Bring Me Love" which is about someone who hopes love will find them at Christmas.