Drab to Fab Furniture Upcycling »
Instructionsnothing special beyond watching the fabulous Anne Marie!
Type of item: Functional
Style: Funky, Victorian / Steampunk, Retro / Vintage
bonding sealer, milk paint in 3 colours, wax in 2 colours.
What was your inspiration?
I just had a hankering for deep blues and greens after watching the movie 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. The colours in the movie are so vivid. We've just renovated our home and our colours are rather subdued greige (sic) and white - very tasteful but now for the punch of personality!
What are you most proud of?
This piece may have been handmade/homemade as it had a few dodgy construction techniques. Bought this about 15 years ago and procrastinated for that long!! The top had a massive separation of the boards. I used a 2 part epoxy to fill the crack and it took ages to sand and patch 3 times. I think the repair job was worth it on the top, but I opted to leave the same crack on the bottom level since it showed the history (read - I felt too lazy to do it all again!). Proud of getting my project finished - onto the next one now!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Maybe when you start distressing, step back more frequently to reassess the finish. I think I took this a bit too far - I find it a little theatrical! Like something out of Pirates of the Caribbean! Though with a little styling it could be truly 'Fab'. Perhaps I'm just too used to seeing 'smart' furniture and need to loosen up a little!