Looking to create something truly unique for your home?

Upcycling to create something truly unique for your home?

Whether you’re unable to find that perfect piece of furniture for the right price or want to recreate something you’ve seen elsewhere, upcycling could be the answer. So, what exactly is upcycling? Well, in the most basic of terms it’s transforming something you own to create something new and exciting.

30 Jan 2018

Painting your room in a new light

When painting furniture always consider what you want your piece of furniture to look like when it’s finished and use that as your starting point.

There are various types of paint on the market which require a good bit of prep work and priming to ensure that you have a good finish.  We use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™️, which is user friendly as it rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used on just about any surface from wood to metal, matt plastic to terracotta.  It can transform tired old furniture, walls, ceilings and floors with ease, giving amazing results accessible to everyone.

Chalk Paint™️ is nontoxic, near zero VOC’s and has no odour, so is a delight to work with.  The paint can give you various types of finish depending on how it’s used.  You can achieve a matt, textured, and slightly rustic finish, a smooth glossy finish, a sheen, semi-shiny look or a semi-matte appearance. We run workshops taking you through those basic techniques, and Annie Sloan has written a number of books on the subject to help get you started.


Another benefit to the paint is that the 36 colours in the colour palette can be mixed to make your own bespoke colour to complement any fabric, it just takes a bit of experimenting.

If you’re working with a piece of furniture and it has any flaky pieces of paint or varnish, we would suggest giving this a sand to create a smoother surface to work with. Sand in the direction of the wood grain and wipe off any dust with a damp, lint-free cloth. Before you move on to painting the surfaces, make sure the piece is completely dry.

We suggest that you invest in a good quality brush if you do not already have one, as this makes the job much easier. Then, paint your project in the style you have chosen. Once the paint is dry you’ll be able to see if it needs another coat.

Finally, apply a wax to seal the paint and add, if required, coloured waxes to create an antique, industrial or whitewashed look before finishing off with a top coat of clear wax, buffing to the required finish. This will keep your furniture protected and looking good for longer.

Other hints and tips

Make your item truly exceptional by creating your own stencilling kit. Take inspiration from nature, popular design elements or favoured wallpaper and create a one-off piece.

Interested in trying it for yourself?

The Laurel Gallery, a small contemporary art gallery based in St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, hosts upcycling workshops twice a month.

With private and group sessions for up to six people starting from just £65, get in touch today to find out more by phoning 0131-226-5022.

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