I’m excited to tell you about a new furniture website that has started here in Australia with lots of inspiration for furniture lovers all over the world, but first … let me show you this set of drawers and their new look:
(use the bar in the centre of the picture to swipe back and forth to see before/after)
I picked up this bedroom drawer set from our local Lifeline store and they were in great condition, but a little chipped in places and a couple of handles missing pieces. (see “before” swipe above)
Prepping is an important step!
No matter what type of paint you use, prepping your furniture is still an important step, especially if you want a smooth finish. I gave the existing varnish a bit of a scuff with some 120 grit sandpaper. I wanted to go for a clean finish with no distressing, so sanding gives the paint a better chance at allowing the paint to adhere well.I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Renfrew Blue for the basic colour on the side drawers
I used a synthetic brush (these will be available on the website soon) and as you can see, when you first apply the paint, the brush strokes are visible. Fusion is a self levelling paint, so these strokes disappear pretty well as the paint dries – super fast drying by the way!
Here’s a little video my daughter took for me while I painted the first drawer. You can see how smoothly the paint goes on:
Two coats of Renfrew Blue on both bedsides …
And … we’re done:
I used Casement white on the larger set of drawers with the contrasting butterflies in Renfrew Blue: This set is for sale, see the end of this post to find out more … I took the original handles, cleaned them up a bit, then dry brushed on some copper gilding paste (Fusion product).
Now some great news:
I said at the start of this post I wanted to tell you about a new Aussie website for furniture inspiration.
“frougal.com.au is an exclusive online boutique filled with beautiful, unique, vintage furniture pieces.”
I feel honoured to be a part of the Frou-gal community of furniture up-cyclers, sharing my love of re-creating special pieces and making them available for sale in this way.
You’ll also find lots of adorable pictures on their Instagram @frou_gal where they post regular updates of more beautiful pieces available for sale.
Enjoy browsing and we’d love you to share and tell your friends about Frou-gal too. Even if you live outside of Australia, you’ll love the designs and inspiration for your own up-cycling ideas.
Have a great week all!
Check out the lovely colour Renfrew Blue in the Fusion Mineral Paint line… This paint is fab to use to up-style your furniture.
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