Monday, 22 September 2014

My First Up-Cycling Project


I dunno where the obsession started but once I had it in my head that I wanted a rocking chair, I didn't give up until I got one! Obviously it was gonna be pretty hard to find one that matched my tastes and so I was up for the challenge of a bit of an up-cycle project.
After asking around someone suggested putting a 'Wanted' post up on a local Facebook selling page and a couple days later someone let me know that our local Salvation Army had one in for only £25.00.
After a little 3 and a half mile, predominantly up-hill, trek, Jake bought me it.


It wasn't pretty...far from! And it needed a lot of love, with a broken arm (unable to see in photo) and lots of marks, but who could complain for £25!!

I started of washing it down and beginning the sanding by hand, until my hand was nearly dropping off! So my fab Dad popped down to Argos, got himself a new electric sander which he kindly lent me and 3 days, alot of elbow grease, sand paper sheets and white spirit later it was ready to stain.
Or so I thought. The wood 'stain' I used ended up being more of a paint and instead of soaking into the wood, coated it with a sheen. Yeah, I was a little disappointed to begin with though after a few coats and seeing it in it's new setting I think it's worked out okay.



Trial and error is always the way. All this chalk paint and pastel wrecked antique furniture everywhere actually upsets me so at least I managed to save one piece from being trashed completely! Looking forward to my next project...

[ See more photos HERE and HERE

What do you think? Have you done up any pieces for your own home? If you have I'd love to see what you did with them! (Unless you're an Annie Sloan fan...just kidding :P, each to their own afterall.)


24 comments:

  1. So nice to see a change from 'shabby chic', it's gorgeous! And bigger sanding biceps to boot.
    (Jake sounds like a bit of a keeper too!)
    M x

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    1. I'm glad you agree :)
      Jake is literally my hero, not to be cheesy. haha

      xo

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  2. Looks beautiful. I have always wanted to do something like this but never get around to it...or maybe I am just lazy!
    Great work though :)

    Pam @ pamsstuffandthings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Well I tell you what, if you ever see a piece of furniture you love just get it straight away! And do it up when you have time. I've passed up too many amazing antiques and been gutted later!

      xo

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  3. Ah this is awesome! I love upcycling! We're just about to move and I can't wait to go hunting for furniture bargains to make over! :)

    Lou ~ whiskyandpancakes.co.uk

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    1. Thank you!! Almost all of our furniture is second hand but this was the first piece that has needed anything done to it. I look forward to my next project. I'd love to see what you get up to!

      xo

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  4. It looks so good! I've always wanted to do a little DIY project where I buy an old desk and re-do it with new paint and everything. Havent gotten around to it but your post has reminded me I need to go check out my thrift store and hopefully find a nice little desk to work on! ;)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Thank you :D ! Yes. Do it! Charity shops are the best place to look. Good luck...

      xo

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  5. This looks brilliant! Well done you for doing this ^__^ I haven't tried anything like this but I'd love to!
    I'd love a rocking chair here!

    Jemma xx

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    1. Thank you! I thought it was a little bit different but apparently the lady at the charity shop told Jake that more and more people are looking for them :/ Not a fan of trends haha.

      xo

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  6. Lovely post and photos! Love that cushion too! Abi :)
    MyW0rldMyView

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    1. Thank you :)
      Me too! I loved it but Jake said he wasn't paying a tenner just for a cushion. Then my Mam surprised me with it as a moving in gift!

      xo

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  7. I always wanted a rocking chair but since the dizzy migraines started I rock enough without one! ;) You've done a great job with this one, well done :) x

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    1. Aw no bless you, I wouldn't imagine that to be a good combination.
      Thank you!

      xo

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  8. Great post! Love a good DIY! Would you like to follow each other on GFC?! Let me know and follow me on my blog, I will follow you right back on both GFC and Bloglovin!
    xx
    Annie
    www.the-lostangeles.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you!
      Sorry, I don't do 'follow for follow' but I will most certainly check your blog out and follow if I like it :)

      xo

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  9. I think it turned out beautifully! But I must confess I do like some of the chalk painted furniture. :)

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    1. Thank you :D
      And the world would be a boring place if everyone liked the same ;)

      xo

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  10. Oh wow, you really turned it around!

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    1. I wish the photos showed how bad shape it was actually in. Lots of elbow grease but we worth it!
      Thank you.

      xo

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  11. Well done on your first up cycling project! I love reading these kind of posts because it's really interesting to see what people chose and how they customise it! I can't wait to start my first project! I love what you've done with the chair, I bet you could sell that for double now haha! X

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    1. Thank you very much! I like to see these types of posts too. I'll look forward to hopefully seeing your 1st project sometime?!

      xo

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  12. This is sooo pretty! I love the cushion also it's so nice. I wish I had time to buy stuff and upcycle it! Maybe when uni is over ey? It looks so good though go you!
    Kloe xx
    skullsnkisses.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks! I love the cushion too haha A housewarming gift :)
      Oh yeah, wait until after uni and when you're living in a house you plan to be for a while...alot of my favorite furniture got wrecked in transit! :/


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