Add some creativity to your home with revamped pieces
1. Preparation is crucial in producing a finish you’ll be proud of. Consider the material you’re working with. If it’s varnished or has a veneer finish, and you’re not using chalk paint, you’ll need to sand it down and prime it. A decent primer is essential.
2. Take your time between coats of paint, don’t rush. And complete any paintwork before moving on to final details, such as adding wallpaper to doors or tops. Sometimes simple alterations, such as replacing handles, legs or adding paint to doors can completely transform an old, tired item of second-hand furniture.
3. If you’re painting an item, buy decent brushes. Some cheaper ones lose bristles. To keep brushes moist between coats, wrap them in tin foil to stop them drying out.
4. If you’re upcycling metal furniture, consider using spray paint. It’s quicker and can often produce a better finish than traditional brush painting.
Feature by Richard Webber / photos by Colin Poole