How to upcycle old furniture with eye-catching paint designs

A quick and easy way to brighten the furniture in your home is to look into colour blocking with paint and masking tape.

Colour blocking is the perfect way for consumers who are looking for a splash of colour or pattern on a wall, without investing in wallpaper. It’s also a cost-effective and on-trend way to upcycle furniture, working very well with classic or modern Scandi tastes.

Done Up North is a company specialising in the restoration of furniture and owner Nicky Cash is a huge fan of colour blocking, particularly using geometric shapes, to create one of a kind interior statements.

Here are her top tips on how to get the best out of old furniture such as this sideboard.How to upcycle old furniture with eye-catching paint designs

Prep the piece ready to paint by cleaning first.

Sand in the direction of the grain - 180 grit sandpaper is best for de-glossing. 

Refinish with a gel stain or your base paint colour.

Plan our your design (best to see how it looks on paper or a small flat surface like a tray first).

Use Frog Tape Delicate Surface Painter’s Masking Tape to mask out rows first, then any squares and diagonals last. Make sure to press and rub the edge of the tape to get a good seal. The Delicate surface tape ensures you won’t remove previous coats. 

Paint the shapes - use a flat artist’s brush. Allow for the first coat to dry completely then lightly sand. Wipe away the sanding dust with a lint-free cloth before adding the next coat.

Remove the tape, then when the paint is dry, seal with two coats of a clear water-based topcoat.


November 14, 2018

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