How I upcycled my chest box using stain

Another chest box that I upcycled, this time using stain.  Seriously beginning to wonder where the heck all these boxes are coming from.  If you want to read up on my other chest box revamp, have a peek here and here.  This one is for all the timber, himself has been chopping away for the winter months.

Here’s the before picture, don’t ask what I was thinking, but I went through a phase of painting everything in red at once stage!  I used my sander to get most of it off but I had to use some paint stripper to get more of the stubborn paint off.

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And  here it is after I sanded it down to the butt, nice eh?  I kept with a geometric design but decided this time to use stain instead of paint, to fill in the blank bits.  Using frog tape, I marked out the design.

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Using the stain, I lightly applied it in some parts and in other parts I applied it heavy, just to see what kind of effect would come up.  I  used a cloth to apply the stain and wore gloves.  The stain I used was just some I had in my garage, nothing special but I do like the colour it gives.  It was called Indian rose wood.  The other stains I had were too light, I thought.

 

 

 

Here it is during the process, I had just applied the stain and was buffing it into the wood.

How I upcycled an old chest box using stain

 

 

How I upcycled an old chest box using stainHow I upcycled an old chest box using stainHere is it is all finished.  What do you think?  Oh and I did seal it with some clear varnish to protect it.  All in all, it didn’t take too long to do, the sanding was the hard bit, but I actually like sanding.  You can see the grain of the wood coming through the naked wood, I think it gives a nice effect. You can see below, the front and and back, of the finished piece.

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Till next time !

Maura

 

How I upcycled an old chest box using stain

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Ikea Mini Storage Make Over

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

 

 

Happy New Year to you all!  Its been a while since I posted.  Lots of things happened, mainly just so busy in December, it really caught me and I ended up chasing my tail as they say.  Then of course the household got sick and that ended all thoughts of sitting down and getting crafty.  But now the kids are back in school and I am beginning to feel normal!

I found this post and decided now’s the time to post.  A little Ikea make over …………

Love these little Ikea storage units.  I found this one while I was on the lookout for some storage for the kids playroom.  ( You can read my playroom revamp here )

I thought, it would be a good mini painting project for the kids to get stuck into.  A little Ikea upcycle project for the kids, if you will.

Here’s the unit before, still in the plastic.

Ikea mini make over

I decided to try a geometric design and leave some of the wood unpainted.  I used some frog tape to divide off the sections.  Frog tape is great as the paint won’t bled through, unlike ordinary masking tape. Then I just some some paints I had on hand, a mixture of acrylic and chalk paint.  I didn’t bother with priming it. After you have painted the sections, slowly peel off the frog tape and you should have nice clean crisp lines.

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Here’s the final result, nice and bright I think!

Ikea mini make over

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortuneIts now taking pride of place on the kids desk, with their mother eyeing it up for her bits and pieces 😉

Till next time !

Maura

Ikea mini make over

 

 

Playroom Revamp Part 3 – Upcycle Chest Box

Just click on part one and part two to catch up.

You are probably wondering, how many things, in my house, do I have to upcycle at this stage! Yes, I am beginning to wonder that myself ha!

This will be a quick post I promise.  I really liked doing this one as it was such a nice day outside, perfect for sanding.  I do like using a sander !

Here’s a before shot.  This box was just one of those old pine boxes they used to giveaway with coupons in the Centra/  SuperValu stores years ago.  It was painted a few times and I used some stencils on it the last time.  It was dirty and the lid had come off, so out with sander and off I went.

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

Here’s what it looked like after I sanded and cleaned it off. The grain came up pretty well I thought.  It was a bit battered and had some knocks but that only adds character .. right ?!

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

Right now I am liking this look, so I decided to not paint it, what you say! yep …… but of course I couldn’t leave it just naked now could I?!   So I painted on some geometric little designs with paint I had on hand. These were just pencilled on, I then used frog tape to mark off the areas I wanted to paint.  You just peel off the tape, after you have painted. You should then get sharp lines.  This stuff is brilliant and I came across it when doing one of Kyle Lane’s workshops.

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I painted a bigger shape at the sides and left the back alone as it was going to be up against a wall. Two coats of clear matt varnish to seal it and its done.

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

Here it is all finished.  I left the lid off as this had caused many a wail, as little fingers got stuck…ouch!

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

 

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooksTill next time !

Maura

To see my other follow up  posts on this revamp, have a look here – Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

 

 

 

A Kyle Lane Workshop …. on all things upcycled

A review on Kyle Lane Upcycling WorkShops

I recently attended a workshop given by Joanne of Kyle Lane in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.  Joanne specialises in upcycling furniture “with character and personality”.  She has been operating out of her Clonmel premises since 2010 and is an expert in all things upcycled.  You can find more about Joanne by clicking here.

I originally went along to her Candy Chair Upcycling Workshop back in September and was very impressed.  Joanne supplied the chair and instructed us on how to make the chair into a fabulous one off piece.  Here’s my chair.

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It was a great day and for anyone who is a fan of painting & upcycling projects, it’s a perfect way to spend the day.  She supplied plenty of candy so between the paint and the sugar rush, I was in heaven. You can read more on this workshop here

So getting back to my original post, I attended another one of her workshops, this one was all about the tricks, tips and techniques you can use to enhance your upcycle project.  Joanne supplied the piece again, and in my case, it was a small side table. Here’s the before picture.

Upcycled Table - Before Pic

Throughout the day, she guided us on our piece of furniture, from prepping, priming, sanding – the basics and then onto the good stuff! She then demonstrated how to use different techniques to give your pieces the wow factor.

From:
Gold Leaf Gilding
Using frog tape to create geometric designs
Stenciling
Distressing
Aging
Decoupage

It was all there!  We were treated throughout the day to a supply of goodies from cup cakes, yummy sandwiches, more candy and a constant supply of tea and coffee!  She also supplied each person with a take home goodie box containing little bits to help you get started on your next project and a printed “how to” sheet.

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I would recommend anyone with an interest in painting/upcycling to take one of her workshops. Joanne is so helpful and makes the day fun!KyleLane3Along with the Candy Chair Upcycling workshop & her Lampshade workshops, she is currently taking bookings for a Christmas Upcycling Decor Workshop.  For a great day out go and book now!

Here’s my finished result, I went for a geometric design.  Ta Dah!

Upcycled Table - After Pic
Upcycled Workshop - details in the post!

 

I did a reader review on Kyle Lane’s WorkShop for The HomeMaker Magazine and it was published in their January Edition. Yah!

Reader Review for The Homemaker Magazine