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!
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:
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...
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,
1.0This 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 1.0mm spray gun (this was a gift from my brother but there are loads on Trade Me). A larger gun (1.4mm) is ideal for larger surfaces, e.g. table tops and the like.
- 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.
What I'm learning however is that there are many different sized spray guns, which are better for different sized pieces. Watch this space, my Facebook group and Facebook page for more information as I learn.
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.
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!
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.
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...
This is such an easy process, and can be completed in 30 minutes easily.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wipe your piece over with a wet rag to remove all sanding dust. You may need to wipe it a couple of times.
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.
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.
Our bedroom makeover has been on my list for quite some time, and I was getting a little frustrated that I'd not had the time myself to get it done. So... I had an idea... as I do...
Engaging a dear friend to paint my, having seen her own beautiful projects, was the key to my quandary.
And, needless to say, I'm absolutely delighted with the end result. With new linen and newly painted furniture our master bedroom has truly been transformed (just new wall lights and some artwork to go now).
Our bedroom furniture before...
New linen from www.queenb.co.nz.
These pieces of furniture were rolled which of course makes it super QUICK to transform. With just two litres of White paint used, this really is an affordable way to get a 'new' bedroom suite.
A quick scout around on Trade Me and I found the gorgeous glass handles to add the finishing touch of texture and sparkle. At just $13.99 for a box of 10 they were a really great price too!
Question: How could you transform your bedroom? Now that's got you thinking...
Do you look at big businesses and wish you could create graphics like theirs?
Well... Creating graphics for your business is super-easy with canva.com... it's all I use. With a raft of templates that are just the right size for Facebook posts, Facebook ads, Instagram posts, blog headers, business cards and more, you can create anything and everything.
The best part is that it's FREE. Yes, there is a paid version, but for the first 4 years in business I used only the free version, so it's all you need.
This informative font guide will help you pair fonts.
Today I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the incredibly talented Nicky Hayward at White Silk Bridal at the Historic Village in Tauranga.
If you love inspiring spaces, this is one place to visit, even if you're not looking for a wedding dress. I'm sure you will love the design of her space, her furnishings and her exquisite gowns and shoes, just as much as I did. It's such a gorgeous space, I didn't want to leave!
Enjoy these photographs I took!
If you've got an inspiring space I can visit, please get in touch and I'll put it on my list!
Miranda has been along to a couple of my furniture painting workshops now, and one of her creations is this gorgeous little bedside.
I think you'll agree that it looks nothing like it originally did and has come up beautifully in Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in Jet & White.
Projects like this are so quick and easy!
Simply take it apart to paint it, apply 2-3 coats depending on how you are applying it and you're done. With no preparation required, other than sanding any loose paint or varnish, she went straight ahead and painted over the piece. After leaving it to cure for 7 days before putting it back together, she has a bedside cabinet that looks amazing.
Here are some things to watch for:
1. Be aware that you may have trouble closing drawers if your paint is too thick. To fix this, simply sand them back a little and apply a thin coat. If they stick, use candle wax to help them slide easily.
2. If you use your piece (or put it back together) before the curing time of 7 days, your piece may chip or scratch easily.
3. You can create custom colours too, and we have a colour mixing tutorial that is part of Furniture Paint 101.
4. Always think about the colour of the room your piece is going into to see what will tone in the best.
Great job Miranda, this looks awesome!
For more inspiration and ideas, check out our FREE Facebook Group.
A popular look, this is a finish which is most often created using black or brown wax. This one however, has been created USING ONLY PAINT.
Why have I used only paint? Well, it's quicker, easier and more affordable, because there are two parts to the process instead of three, and all you need to buy is paint.
When I posted this on my Facebook page recently it was a real hit, so I thought I'd write a short blog post to guide you through the process.
Here's what I did:
1. Painted the table in Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in Jade with two coats.
2. Created a wash using Jet by mixing the paint 50/50 with water.
3. Applied the Jet wash over top of the Jade.
You can learn how to apply a wash effect at my FREE online furniture painting workshop.
If you're new to furniture painting I recommend testing the processes, either on a piece of wood, a photo frame or something small. This will give you the practice and help you to feel confident painting your furniture.
Getting ideas and inspiration is something we all enjoy. Come on over and join my Facebook group, where we have more than 2,000 like-minded creatives who share their work and support each other.
See you there!
On our recent trip to Wellington for my Furniture Painting Workshops, we took a couple of days off and spent one of those taking a day trip to the gorgeous Greytown in the Wairarapa. One of my favourite spots, it's packed full of lovely gift stores, shoe stores, antique stores and so much more.
A favourite on this trip was Vintage European, a store full of exquisite pieces beautifully put together by Sarah and Mahi.
This store in itself is just stunning, let alone the range of vintage inspired European homewares. From vases to tablecloths and everything inbetween, these pieces have been carefully chosen to complement each other, and they do that perfectly.
Check out the Vintage European online store on their website too!
Pottery & Painted Pieces of Furniture
Seed lights and pine furniture
Hooks & Cabinets
Ceramic & Wood Ware
Metal Jugs, Vases & Cake tins
And even more...
If you're in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand be sure to check out this wonderful village that is Greytown, established in 1854.
With great cafes, bars and shops, there really is something for everyone!
When you're painting furniture you want to learn what not to do, just as much as what to do. Right?
Over the years I have learnt a lot from others, and I've had my fair share of learning experiences (aka failures and disasters).
It's always fun testing new ideas and trying things out, some of which are successful, and some not so successful; and we all have those, believe me.
Today I want to share some of these with you, so that you don't make the same mistakes.
Remember that furniture painting is about having fun, being creative and making something unique for your home, it's not about producing something that looks like it's come out of a factory.
Updating your home with paint is one of the quickest and easiest things to do, and what a difference it makes.
Kate did just that to her loo recently and it looks AMAZING!
Over a weekend she and a friend got stuck in and created this gorgeous little room. Using Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in Duck Egg she created these stunning stripes. She then used Jet to paint the toilet roll holder, and the lightshade.
You too can transform a room in your home in no time at all. Simply paint the walls and hardware in one of our 15 colours or create your own custom colour once you've taken our Online Furniture Paint 101 Workshop which includes our Colour Mixing Tutorial. The other option is to attend one of our classroom workshop around New Zealand.
For more ideas and inspiration, check out our before and after gallery.
Join us over in our FREE Facebook group too!
Early last year I had an idea... and my thinking went something like this...
"I wonder if you could create all of the beautiful waxed, aged, layered and textured and antiqued looks, but just using paint."
Being a bit of an ideas person; well okay, being someone who NEVER stops having new ideas, and someone who really enjoys developing those ideas, I set to work to see if I could do just that. And, to cut a long story short, after a few months of testing, I discovered that in fact I could. This was the beginning of Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint.
My paint is designed to be used with the processes I developed, which are taught in my Furniture Paint 101 & 102 workshops (both online and in face-to-face workshops around New Zealand).
Here's a little introduction to my paint.
As you know I'm now running my Furniture Paint 101 & 102 workshops around New Zealand. The classes are filling up more and more, which is really wonderful.
In November, Hercille came along to Furniture Paint 101. Her vivacious and cheeky personality really added spark to the group that day, and she had a knack of getting everyone behind the lens. It was so much fun, we really had some laughs. With her new skills she went home and created this absolutely stunning dining room suite using Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint.
Oh and remember, with Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint there is NO SANDING, NO PRIMING, NO WAXING AND NO VARNISHING. At least 99% of the time there is no sanding (you only need to if you have flaking varnish or paint, a rough surface you want to create a smooth finish on or if you have old shiny 70s or 80s formica).
Here's what she did:
1. Applied one coat of Sky.
2. Applied one coat of Ash.
3. Watered down the Gold paint slightly to create a smooth slightly washed effect on the table top.
4. Painted the chairs in Gold.
5. Finally, she applied a clear coat. This is recommended if you're using our Gold or Silver as a top coat as they're really only designed to be used for highlighting.
Isn't it just stunning!
Well done Hercille, I can't wait to see you at Furniture Paint 102!
With Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint you can paint just about anything!
This holiday season I'm having loads of fun upcycling a few bits and pieces around our home... and in my wardrobe. My cropped leg jeans were the latest. These have now been washed and dried without any problem at all.
An incredibly QUICK, EASY + AFFORDABLE project, this took just 10 minutes, if that!
Here's what I did:
1. Lay jeans out flat on a table ensuring all creases are out (you could iron if necessary).
2. Use 1 teaspoon of Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in a small painting tray.
3. Position your stencil.
4. Secure the stencil with masking tape or wide packing tape.
5. Paint over your stencil with a small foam roller.
6. Dry with a hairdryer.
7. Complete all stencil areas using the same technique.
8. Put the clothing in the drier for 15 minutes to help cure the paint.
9. Wash and dry as normal.
Okay, so now it's your turn. What items do you have in your wardrobe you could do this to?
Have fun creating!
Do you love Joanna & Chip Gaines from Magnolia Market on HGTV's Fixer Upper Show as much as I do?.
I'm an avid follower of both the show, and Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. So, I've been itching to try out some ideas on some of our smallest rooms. Now that I have a break from my workshops for a month, I'm doing just that.
With a combination of charity shop finds, some things I already had, and a few pieces from KMart, this little makeover on our laundry room was done in 24 hours and cost just $97.50! Oh and I painted the shelf in Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in White a few months ago.
If you've been following Upcycled & Co. for a while you'll know that my whole philosophy with the business is about bringing you QUICK, EASY + AFFORDABLE products and services. For my redecorating projects, I adopt the same principle.
Next year we plan on some bigger changes in our home so for now I just wanted to try out a few little ideas to freshen things up a bit.
Starting with the laundry room...
Bookshelf $5 charity shop find painted in Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in White and distressed.
Handtowels $4 each from KMart.
Metal Tray $18 as part of a set from Le Monde in Parnell.
Brown Glass Bottle $1.50 from KMart.
Glass Vase $3 from KMart.
Agee Jars $4 charity shop find.
Black Baskets $6 each from KMart.
Terracotta Pot $6.
Only Good Handwash $6.
Cane Baskets $20.
After a little hunting and gathering out and about, and at home, I managed to pull together a far more interesting space, and I had loads of fun in the process.
Remember to make time for your creativity these holidays.
A wonderful time of year!
As a child Christmas was a very special time in our household. With seven children to buy and cook for, my mother was busy. Incredibly organised, and always well ahead of time, she would shop and store presents months in advance. It was always an exciting time, because we knew that the very, very high long narrow hall cupboard was full of special things for us all.
These days I'm more aware that not everyone has the wonderful memories I have, and that for many, this time of year is sad and stressful. My heart goes out to those people, and with this in mind, to be perfectly honest, I struggle a little with where to 'put' myself in it all these days. Don't get me wrong, I love the Christmas fare, and of course the decorations; especially the creative ones people make now. But I'm mindful of the many experiences people have at this time of year.
Yesterday I had a fun afternoon shopping for new decorations, painting some, and decorating an old wooden ladder that belonged to my father-in-law; it is more than 50 years old. This year I wanted to go with a white, silver and craft paper/string theme.
Here are a few photographs of the process of putting together our Christmas 'tree'.
First up, these cute wee plastic cherubs got a make over with Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in White and Silver. With a very sparse coat of paint to start with (which drys as you're painting it on pretty much), I then applied a second thicker coat, and a third because I wanted to create texture. Then I highlighted with Silver and replaced the gold string with jute twine.
I replaced the silver string on these balls for jute twine.
This gorgeous angel was just $2 at the Emporium, but she needed a makeover to fit in with my colour scheme. I removed her gold ribbon from around her middle, and cut away her overskirt. Then I painted her cream top white and sprinkled it with some white glitter while the paint was still wet. Next her wings and crown were painted silver with silver glitter being added to the wet paint. Last but not least, a new over skirt made from some ribbon I had.
It's time to dress the 'tree'.
My husband Craig had a play around with some spotlighting.
There you have it, Christmas 2018 at the home of Upcycled & Co.
I'd love to see your Christmas tree. You can share it on our Christmas tree Facebook post here.
Happy Christmas my friends... and, please spare a thought for those who are not so fortunate.
p.s. Yes, my next project is to bring the large ceramic angel into my scheme!
With Christmas approaching we're thinking about bringing our plans together and getting ready for the day. It's a busy time of year for many of us.
If you're hosting a family day at yours this year you're no doubt running around getting things tidied up at home in readiness. And as you know, there is always something to do!
It's surprising what a 'lick' of paint can do in the garden and outdoor areas - a coat of paint on the fence, outdoor furniture, pots and planters will make a massive difference to your entertaining space. Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint is ideal for indoor or outdoor projects, so it's the only paint you need.
Our fence is looking so much better!
Pots and planters refreshed with Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint in Jet.
Makes such a difference.
The great thing about these projects is that they're QUICK + EASY!
In an afternoon you can have all of your pots and planters looking beautiful for the Summer. Go for a classic look with Jet or for something bright or funky try Aqua, Jade or Ruby.
Check out our paint range here.
If you're like me, you like quick results. With a textured finish, you get just that, and it's very easy too.
This gorgeous finish can be applied just as this one is, with one colour of Upcycled & Co. Furniture Paint only or you can add a wash of another colour, a dry brush effect or more textured random colours for a layered effect.
I love nothing more than experimenting, and that's exactly what I've done with this piece.
Check out the video and let me know what you think.
If you'd love more ideas and inspiration, head on over and join my FREE Facebook Group!
Watch this space because I get the feeling it's not finished yet...
This time we were headed to Thames, a New Zealand town which became the second largest city in the country when gold was discovered there in 1867.
Robyn originally studied textiles and design in Wellington before becoming involved in costume for the television and film industry where she spent 17 years. In more recent years she furthered her study with a Diploma in Interior Design and then launched Insider.
Her store at The Depot in Thames is an absolute delight with everything from cushions to Christmas decorations, lighting, fabrics, and much more. And, Bite Deli is right next door... perfect I say!
Here's a sneak peek inside.
A beautiful collection of Christmas decorations.
Beautiful soft furnishings and accessories.
Even more Christmas decorations!
Cushions, linen and foliage.
Next time you're looking for a day out, head to Thames. With it's cafes, coastline and raft of creatives I'm sure you'll have just as much fun as I did.
If you're looking for ideas about paint colours, check out last week's blog post, How to Choose a Paint Colour for your Furniture.
Have a great week!