Pick up your paint brushes and dive into the exciting world of upcycling with a little help from Everlong Paint. Whether you’re new on the revamping scene or a master of all trades, owner and self-accomplished renovator Sarah Weightman, shares all of her hints and tips to help you create the perfect masterpiece.
Upcycling furniture is an increasingly popular trend that is showing no signs of stopping. This cost-effective way of turning old pieces into stunning new designs, has got us all reaching for our overalls and paint brushes. Although the thought of undertaking a large project such as the one pictured above can seem quite daunting, with Everlong Paint’s formula it couldn’t be easier. Now available in a handy 500ml tin as well as their 100ml one project pot and 1L tin, there’s a size to suit any project. Unlike many other brands on the market, it requires no wax finish.
“Before you get stuck in make sure you have all of your tools to hand”, says Sarah. “I tend to have a brush, kitchen roll, paint stirrer and if needed to remove hardware, a trusty screw driver.”
“It’s important to clean each piece of furniture using good quality sugar soap before painting, which will remove any old polish/wax and dirt that may bleed through your finished painted item.”
“When selecting a colour, think about your existing décor and where your painted item will live. A rich cream shade is a popular choice, but will be lost once placed against a magnolia wall. Why not opt for our on-trend Dijon pictured on the left and below? This cheery colour will instantly brighten up your interiors this season.”
“It’s important to be patient with your coats” Sarah continues, “2-3 thinner layers are much better than 1 thick coat of paint. Don’t worry if after your first coat your item looks a little uneven or patchy, this is perfectly normal and with each coat you apply, you will see more of a finished result.”
Once your old treasure has taken on a new lease of life, it’s time to start thinking about finishing touches. Everlong paint is designed to leave a matt chalky finish. However, due to the wax properties in the formula, you can simply buff the paint with a soft cloth once dry to create a waxed effect with added durability. Another option to enhance your work of art would be distressing, as Sarah explains below;
“To distress or not distress, that is the question? I prefer a little gently distressing as it adds character to your item. I use an 80 grit/grade sandpaper.”
“The best way to obtain an authentic distressed effect is to imagine your piece is a good few hundred years of age, and distress where the item would have been handled over time, such as handles, knobs, edges and features.”
“If you have been too enthusiastic with your sanding, do not worry as it can easily be fixed. Simply paint back over the affected area, wait for it to dry and start again.”
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