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2018 has been a huge year here at Upcycled & Co.; the business has grown enormously and to say it's been busy is an understatement. Needless to say, there has been no time for my own upcycling projects... until now. 

I've had such fun getting some of our own furniture painted because these things have been on my to do list for a long time.

One of these projects was our teak TV cabinet. This cabinet I bought secondhand on trade Me a few years ago now when I had all dark stained furniture. It's solid and I really like the style, so it was time for a makeover, here's what I did...
I wanted this cabinet to be light and bright, but I didn't want to use Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in White because I wanted it to be a little warmer than our straight white. So, what I did was mix White and Vanilla 50/50, and I love the colour. 

This project took a bit of time as it's a bigger piece. I did spray paint it though so that certainly sped up the process. 

​Over a couple of weeks, due to being away, I managed to get it completed - just in time for Christmas. 

Here's what I did step-by-step:
1. Removed all drawers, handles and doors.
2. Cleaned the entire piece well with warm soapy water, followed by a wipe with a damp cloth.
3. Spray painted the drawers and doors first.
4. Then spray painted the entire cabinet.
5. Left it to cure for 7 days.
6. Moved the cabinet back into the lounge.
7. Re-attached the handles and doors.

Remember, with Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint, 99% of the time there is no need to do any preparation. There are a few times when you do need to, and you can check those out here. If you'd like to learn my furniture painting techniques, I have a range of video tutorials available.

When we placed the newly painted cabinet back in the lounge I was absolutely delighted with how it looked. It makes such a huge difference to the space and makes the room so much bigger. 

Here are a few images of the newly painted cabinet - simply click on one image to scroll through. 

And below... the before shot. No comparison huh? I'm loving it now!


So, that's one of my big projects completed, and it feels so good.

What are you going to paint in 2019?

Come on over and join my Facebook group to get ideas and inspiration.
Happy painting!
Kathryn x
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We had the most amazing holiday in Hawaii in August.

Of course the beach, landscape, food and people were amazing, but of course I had a keen eye on home decor and architecture. Everywhere we went I had the camera out...

And I wanted to share with you some of the amazing buildings and pieces we came across in our travels.
Keep an eye out for our next overseas holiday to Melbourne in late November for more home decor inspiration.

In the meantime, keep upcycling... and have fun in the process!

​Kathryn x
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I don't know about you, but I have always loved colour, in particular bright colours but really I love them all. 

When I launched Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint I had two main objectives; (a) It had to be affordable, and (b) I wanted to empower you to experiment with creating your own colours. Yes, I could have launched 30 colours or even 40 or 50, but no matter how many I had in the range, there would always be one I didn't have.

What I wanted to do was teach you about colour mixing, and in this very short video, How to Mix Your Own Paint Colours, that is exactly what I do. You will discover that it is super-easy, and the options are endless. 

Here are our 15 gorgeous colours:

Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint is only available from our online paint store. Download a paint colour chart HERE.

Question: Which is your favourite colour? Let me know in the comments below. 
Until next time,
​Kathryn x
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This week I completed my third spray painting project since learning the techniques a few weeks ago. 

As I'm sure you now know, I'm pretty hooked on this spray painting... it's so easy, and so much faster than brushing.

These cabinets have been on my painting project list for quite some time so I was delighted to get them finished.

Here's how I went about the project:
1. Took the drawers out.
2. Removed the drawer metal runnings (each had just two screws).
3. Placed each table (one by one) upside down on my Lazy Susan.
4. Spray painted all of the legs and front frames.
5. Turned up the right way and laid out in the sun to dry.
6. Spray painted each table top.
7. Painted the drawers.
8. Set aside indoors for 7 days to cure.
9. Purchased new handles and fitted them.
10. Gave each cabinet a good rub down with a soft dry cloth.
11. Put them back together and in their places. 

Before long I will be onto my next spray painting project. I have just bought an old wooden BBQ trolley so I imagine that will be next, I'm thinking in Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in Jet. 

If you'd like to start spray painting, check out my blog post, Spray Painting is Super-Quick.... and Fun! to find out what gear I have.

Until next time... 
Happy painting!
Kathryn x
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You know how I love to visit inspiring spaces... and share them with you...

Well, a few weeks ago I was in the Hawkes' Bay to run my Furniture Paint 101 workshop and I stayed in this gorgeous bed and breakfast. It was such an inspiring space I wanted to show you my photographs.

Tucked away underneath the main house and North facing, the bedrooms looked out onto the beautifully manicured garden. I just loved how the space was cohesive and came together with different textures and layers that complemented each other perfectly.

Each room in this two bedroom apartment was beautifully decorated, and the bed linen was luxurious. It's the perfect space for a weekend getaway for up to four people.

Number 4 Behind the Gate is just a 3 minute drive to Havelock North. ​

Looking for furniture painting inspiration? Check out my before and after gallery HERE.
Until next time,
​Kathryn x
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This week I have been learning to spray paint... and oh boy what fun it is. 

I'm lucky enough to have a brother who has been a car and custom painter for more than 35 years, so there's no doubt about it, I'm learning from an expert. 

With a cute little spray gun (well, I think it's cute) he gave me, I have a wee play last weekend and painted our cane furniture to use outdoors over summer. I was so amazed at the speed and ease of painting with a spray gun that I kept saying over and over, "This is amazing! This is so quick. I love it!" I just couldn't believe it. And of course it gives such a beautiful finish too. 

Now I've been thinking about some of the comments I have had on social media like, "I'm jealous!" and "Is it difficult?", and it got me thinking. 

I really want to stress just how easy, and relatively inexpensive it is to get yourself set up to spray paint.

Here's what I have and what it cost:
- Small HVLP gravity feed spray gun $19 (this was a gift from my brother but there are loads on Trade Me).
- Ryobi Compressor $249 from Bunnings.
- Gazebo $100 (to use as a spray booth) from Trade Me. This one is blue and in hindsight, a white one would have been better, but it's fine.

If you factor this in to your paint cost, buying the spraying equipment, then compare it to buying a new house lot of furniture, there's no argument really. You could always go halves with a friend or family member too.

So far I've done a couple of small projects, but I have loads more to do. 
If you've been wanting to try spray painting, give it a go!
Watch this space, I may yet do a Spray Painting Workshop.

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Yes, you can even paint metal with Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint!

Some of the metal pieces I have painted include our dining room chandelier, light fittings and embossed brass-look metal wall plaques and they've all come up beautifully. You can also do vases, garden planters, chairs, tables and the list goes on...

Recently I put together this tutorial when I painted the new light fittings for our bedroom wall. 

Like all projects using Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint... 

​It's QUICK and EASY! ​


How to Paint Metal - YouTube
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This weekend I'm having great fun giving our cane furniture a makeover for Summer.

A quick and easy project with two coats of Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in Jet, followed by 7 days to fully cure (just back outside on the deck where they were), and they're done. 

For this project I'm using a spray gun or the very first time and I'm totally in love with the process, the finish and the speed.

By adding these striking outdoor cushions from The Warehouse, ordered online and winging their way to me right now, it's going to look fabulous. 


What outdoor projects are you doing for Summer? 

Order your paint here now and you'll be good to go next weekend! 

Come on over and join us at the Upcycled Community on Facebook for more inspiration.
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For those of you have attended one of my workshops you will have seen the photo frame I use for my price list. So many people ask me how I did it, so I thought it was the perfect thing to do a Facebook LIVE on.

The frame is one I purchased from a Dollar Store, and it was just $6.

Here's a sneak peak of the finished frame.

​And... here's the video tutorial...
How to Create a Distressed Photo Frame - YouTube

This is such an easy process, and can be completed in 30 minutes easily. 
Have fun!
Happy painting,
​Kathryn x
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A rough and rustic look is my favourite which ever way it is prepared.  

This particular one is super-easy to achieve and there really is no right or wrong way - it just turns out how it turns out. Easy! 

For this project I chose a side table I picked up locally for $60 so it was a real bargain, and the perfect piece for this technique. In this blog post I'm going to take you through the steps I took to get the look. 

Of course I've used Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint. It's a 3-in-1 furniture paint that primes, paints and seals meaning you do not need wax or varnish to finish your piece. This makes the process quicker and easier, and the best part, it makes it more affordable.

In April 2017 I launched Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint after noticing that it was quite expensive to use a chalk type paint by the time I had bought the paint and the coloured and clear waxes. I wanted to create a product that was more accessible for people due to the cost. Around six months before my launch I set about experimenting with paints and finishes; I wanted to create the same waxed looks, but just using paint and I knew there had to be a way. So, me being me, I found the way. I then spoke with paint manufacturers and found one who could provide what I needed, and as they say, the rest is history.

Designed to work with my Furniture Painting Workshop processes and techniques, Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint is hardwearing, and it's indoor and outdoor. 
Here's how I got the look:

STEP 1
Clean your piece well with warm soapy water. Use sugar soap if you have built up grime or dust. Remove any wax or furniture polish with rubbing alcohol, methylated spirits or mineral turpentine until it is gone.

​STEP 2
​Choose three colours (or two or more if you wish). For this table I have used Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in White, Linen and Ash.
For this type of project, I use a chip brush. These come in a range of sizes and for this particular job I used the 75mm one which means
​you can cover a bigger area making it much quicker. 
STEP 3
Paint your piece all over, in all directions, with your base colour (I used White). This is the colour you will see a small amount of once you're project is finished. Because we are wanting lots of texture, it is important that you paint any which way, and use your brush to stipple as well (a stabbing motion with the tip of your brush on your painted surface). As you apply the paint, half dry it with a hairdryer, then drag your brush back and forth to create texture.

IMPORTANT: The thicker your paint (e.g. the more paint you use) the more texture you will get.

STEP 4
With your second colour (I used Linen and this one you will see a small amount of too, but it will blend with the other colours once your piece is completed), again paint in all directions, but this time, paint thick patches on your piece, randomly selecting areas to paint. Once you've got your patches on, again, half dry them with a hairdryer, then drag your brush over them to create more texture. 

STEP 5
Once you have both of your bottom coats on, give your piece a good dry off, either with a hairdryer or leave your piece a few hours in the sun or overnight in a warm room.

STEP 6
With your third colour (I used Ash) water your paint down slightly, then paint one coat over the whole piece, this time paint back and forth as you normally would. It doesn't matter if your piece is not completely covered (you may still see some bit underneath). Allow time for this coat to dry as above.

STEP 7
Using a sanding block and/or small pieces of 240grit sandpaper, rub the piece back to bring the underneath colours through. Again, this is random and you can do as much or as little as you like. Make sure you wipe away any dust using an old paint brush.

STEP 8
Wipe your piece over with a wet rag to remove all sanding dust. You may need to wipe it a couple of times. 

STEP 9
Now choose one of your colours (I used White) for your final coat. Water this paint down about 50/50 then brush it all over your piece (as in the picture above). This coat will dry quite quickly.

STEP 10
Once your piece is dry, distress the edges using 240 grit sandpaper to reveal the colours (and some of the wood) underneath.


​The great thing about this technique (and all furniture painting process for that matter) is that you're goal is to create something unique for your home. To my mind, furniture painting is not about creating something perfect that looks like it has come out of a factory, it's about having fun and enjoying the creative process. And if you don't like it when you're done... simply paint over it!

Find out more about Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint and my furniture painting workshops
Happy painting!
Kathryn x
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