So, you thought you could upcycle. When I first saw Money for Nothing on the telly, I couldn’t believe it. Were people really turning old bits of junk and wood into not only useful, but beautiful things. Plus, it looked pretty simple to do.
Once I had put the word out that I was planing to have a go at a bit of upclcycling, a friend of mine gave me an old bedside cabinet, that had been taking up space in his garage.
When I got it home, I must confess I spent a lot of time staring at it and wondering what to do next. Even after a few more episodes of Money for Nothing and watching the designer Jay Blades do something amazing with a chair and a few tins of paint, my inspiration fell well short of my enthusiasm.
Next, I turned to the Internet. There are so many wonderful pieces and so much variety on-line that I developed delusions of grandeur, as I slipped into a day dream of upcycling heaven, where in my mind, I had created original masterpieces people were queueing up for, plus a slot on Money for Nothing. But still my cabinet remained in its original form and desperate for some re-loving.
So, I decided to bite the bullet get some paint and just go for it. I jumped onto Amazon and ordered a tin of Rust-Oleum Powder Blue chalky finish furniture paint, and slipped back into my upcycling fantasy for the next few days while I waited for the paint to arrive.
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The paint arrived and all was well, apart from my forgetting to order a paint brush. A quick trip to homebase and problem solved.
Now, with my tin of paint and my brush in hand I approached the cabinet. I am sure it looked scared. I paused, I still didn’t know what I wanted it to look like. I had no idea what I was doing. I almost turned away, but then I had the thought, what the hell. It’s an old bit of furniture, I’m not doing this to please anyone but myself, so, I just panted it. Inside and out. It was like therapy, well it was therapy. The ultimate in mindfulness. I was in the moment from start to finish.
I don’t have any painting skills and there were brush marks everywhere, but strangely enough it was fine. Once I had been over it with some sandpaper and distressed the edges I was pleasantly surprised at how it looked.
I had spent so much time worrying about what to do, how to do it and what people would think, when really, none of that mattered. Just do it for the fun of it.
My powder blue bedside cabinet (with a new handle) is now part of the window display at Mayflower Arts and Crafts in Beccles suffolk (www.mayflowerarts.co.uk). Who would have thought. You just don’t know what you can achieve until you try.