19TH - 27TH MARCH 2016

Thrift Week Blog

Upcycling: The tale of the £10 dressing table

I’ve been lusting after a dressing table for quite some time now, and I’d even resigned myself to having to fork out almost £200 for one, as I couldn’t find the right piece of furniture to upcycle. However, by chance one day I was browsing eBay and had the idea to search for a desk instead of a dressing table, and 2 days later, I’d won a solid pine desk with drawers for just £10.

dresser

Once we’d collected it, I sat and looked at it and thought “this won’t take long at all”. Oh how wrong I was. Firstly, the drawers were already painted in a few coats of different colours, and trying to remove it by hand was proving slow. And very painful. A quick visit to my Dad equipped me with a rotary sander which helps things along. I did buy some more coarse sand paper which helped the process, as did removing the drawer knobs. It still took 4 sessions of sanding to get it all done – around 5 hours in total.

dresser

dresser

With the drawers had been sanded, I then painted a fairly thick base coat using Dulux white silk emulsion. The following evening, I set to with mixing up my chalk paint. Chalk paint (the paint that makes shabby chic furniture look so amazing) is very expensive, even on eBay. However, you can buy chalk powder to mix in with silk emulsion paint very cheaply – here is the one I bought. You can buy any colour, but I decided to get white powder and then use a tester pot to create my desired colour – a pale purple. There was no exact science to my mixing – I started by mixing the white emulsion with chalk powder until I got my desired consistency, then added a small amount of the purple colour (“Grape” from Wilkinsons) to the mix. Once I reached my desired colour, I painted my first coat, rather thinly. Chalk paint dries extremely fast, and by the time I’d finished giving each drawer one coat, it was dry enough to paint another coat. After a second coat, I left the drawers to dry properly, leaving the mixed chalk paint in the pot. It is really important not to keep mixed chalk paint in a sealed container, as it causes the glue to set.

Coming back to the paint mixture the following evening, it was still perfect to use, not a dry patch in sight. Chalk paint is nice to work with – it provides good coverage, a little goes a long way and doesn’t show up brush marks. It is also very strong – I tried to scratch off the paint using my nail and it did not budge. In hindsight, I didn’t need to mix the chalk powder with white paint as the amount of paint I used in total came to less than the amount in a tester pot.

dresser4

I love the finished product – I toyed with the idea of painting the whole desk, but as we already have pine furniture in our bedroom, I think painting it all in chalk paint would make it look out of place. The next task is to paint the chair – I picked it up for £3 at a charity shop and have tied a cushion to it using ribbon for the time being, but I can’t wait to get stuck in to

emma

This post was written by Emma Russell-Bennet, you can follow her thrifty blog over at fromalditoharrods.com.

 

Back to blog home

Leave a comment

Rieju 11-03-2018

Hello. Thanks.Excellent article. https://www.rieju.co.uk


monitor stand 13-01-2018

Wonderful Web page, Continue the excellent work. Regards. https://www.duronic.com/


Cloud Server 04-01-2018

Very good Site, Carry on the good job. Thank you. https://hostmein.gr


laptop graphics card 30-11-2017

Hi! Thanks a lot! Love your blog!. http://www.eeshops.net/laptop-graphics-card-c-82/


ChrisDar 27-08-2017

wdvcvrs http://www.islaminfo.it/converse-all-star-viola-014.html http://www.fistofthenorthstar.it/832-nike-shox-turbo-prezzi.html http://www.fistofthenorthstar.it/087-nike-shox-nz-on-sale.html http://www.ilcastellodifulignano.it/scarpe-valentino-rockstud-ebay-361.php http://www.intercircoli.it/chanel-shoes-375.htm Scarpe Hogan Uomo Olympia 3000 Scarpe Mizuno Roma Nike Air Force Bianche Basse Prezzo Adidas Stan Smith 2 Originals Jordan 6 Black


mtd vanities 09-08-2017

Thanks pertaining to giving these types of well put together articles http://www.myvanitydepot.com/all-vanities?manufacturer=80


temporary site protection 20-07-2017

I benefit from perusing your internet site. Thanks a ton! http://www.indigo.co/


Instant Facelift 19-07-2017

You have the most impressive online sites. https://EraseCosmetics.eu


GoogleBlogSpot XXX PR10 07-01-2017

GoogleBlogSpot XXX PR10 http://www.freesearchenginessubmissions.blogspot.com http://www.freesearchenginessubmissions.blogspot.com/


Cnada Goose Parkas 02-12-2014

This is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to learn about this subject. You comprehend so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I essentially would want?-HaHa). You undoubtedly put a brand new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Awesome stuff, just awesome! Cnada Goose Parkas http://www.gnl.ca/images/goose.asp


Tiffany e CO 1837 Lock silver set outlet online 24-07-2014

tiffany heart chain gioielli sets outlet online Tiffany e CO 1837 Lock silver set outlet online http://www.Ritch.com.mx/image.asp?id=Tiffany-e-CO-1837-Lock-silver-set-outlet-online.html


michael kors clutch singapore 05-07-2014

I've loaded your blog in Several totally different internet browsers and I must say this website loads a lot faster then most. Would you mind e-mailing me the company name of your hosting company? My personal e-mail is: %EMAIL%. I will even sign up through your own affiliate link if you would like. Thanks alot :) michael kors clutch singapore http://www.mplsheart.org/wplinks/


chaussures gucci pas cher 03-07-2014

Contexte s'avère être considéré comme fond http://www.guccionline.fr/ cuando l'image est très importante durante elle. Pour nos croyances, Le salaire peut être très attrayant, Devenir consultant. La raison pour laquelle je crois que l'avenir de l'industrie s'avère être lumineux à cause de l . a . simple désir chaque être humain possède. nous allons commencer à voir de as well as en plus de possibilités d'être créés dans l'industrie depuis de nombreuses années à venir chaussures gucci pas cher http://www.guccionline.fr/


louis vuitton gucci jewellery 24-06-2014

knockoff louis vuitton Upcycling: The tale of the £10 dressing table « Thrift Week Thrift Week louis vuitton gucci jewellery http://www.discgolferusa.com/louis-vuitton-bags/damier-louis-vuitton.asp


Thrift Week Partners