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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Home: Upcycling a dining table and chairs.

Furniture is expensive, especially nice furniture, so I'm a firm believer that if you can recycle something you already own or can upcycle a charity shop bargain, it's worth a go! We rescued three chairs from Mark's parents, found a super cheap (but slightly boring) table at Ikea and bought some wood stain & a tin of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This paint is amazing because you can paint over something that has been varnished which saved us approximately 1 billion hours sanding until our fingers fell off. Thanks Annie Sloan! 

Note to Self: these are the things you learned while upcycling. Remember these:

1. It will take longer than you think.  A lot longer.
2. Painting the first chair is fun.
3. That fun won't last. See point 1.
4. Remember to ask your boyfriend if he owns an electric sander before you start sanding by hand.
5. Don't buy cheap sand paper. Ever. It's pointless. Toilet paper would do a better job.
6. When you see these magical ladies on Pinterest complete all these fancy projects when their children are having 20 minute afternoon naps and manage to take pretty photographs to document the process, it doesn't mean you can do the same. You can't.
7. Please don't attempt ever again unless it's really necessary.

Have you ever upcycled anything before? 
xoxo

59 comments:

  1. I have heard about this paint! I have a chest of drawers which I would love to upcycle and I do not want to sand it, oh no no.

    Your table and chairs look amazing and if they were in Laura Ashley would cost a fortune, hehe.
    xx

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    1. I really recommend the paint, it's amazing! xo

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  2. Haha I totally agree with your notes to self :D Painting takes sooo sooo much longer than you think!

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  3. This looks so good! Also, I know where you are coming from with your notes to self. It get's pretty dull pretty fast- why does no-one tell you it wont take half an hour?!

    Rachel
    xxx

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  4. It turned out amazing though!! I def feel your sanding pain, I wish we had an electric sander when we redid an outdoor table and chair set. Lesson learned.

    Dannielle x

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    1. Makes it so much easier for sure! xo

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  5. Haha. I love the 'note to self' ... so true. Alas.

    x

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  6. Oh wow Jennie... they look incredible!!! I LOVE what you've done with them xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  7. They turned out beautifully! xx

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  8. Ahaha - yep I can sympathise with your upcycling plight! It seems so simple when you first get the idea and then you actually try and do it - oh dear god! The chairs look fantastic though so I think it was worth the effort :) xxx

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  9. This looks so nice. I dont know if I would have the patience to do it myself. Must have been so rewarding when it was all complete though!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  10. Ooh, very nice! They look really pretty. Well done.

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  11. I really like how it all turned out. Nice work. Hanna

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  12. Ahh, they look soooo good though! I started upcycling a writing desk I was given, about three years ago. I have sanded it down, and primed it and since then (about two years ago) it's been banished to the hallway because I haven't decided what to do with it next - I had visions of beautiful floral painting on it because of something I'd seen in a little shop in town, but then remembered I can't draw or paint for toffee!

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    1. Aww you should give it a go, I bet it'll look beautiful! xo

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  13. Haha, I love pointer 6! So true for a lot of DIYs in general. I love the result though - I'm sure enduring through the process after the first chair was worth it ;)

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  14. I love this!I want to start upcycling some of my old furniture but its so time consuming x

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  15. This looks fab! I'd definitely like to see more housey posts on your blog, I love your style :) xx

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  16. Looks amazing! You guys did such a great job :) xx

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  17. They look lovely! I've always wanted to upcycle something but I never have the time :(
    Rosalie x
    rosaliejayne.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's super tie consuming for sure! xo

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  18. hahaha the notes to self are pretty much all the reasons why i stay away from any diy ever! the table & chairs all look fantastic though, great job xx

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    1. Haha I think I'll be doing the same in future ;)

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  19. Oh Jennie they turned out so pretty! But I know how hard it is my mom loves doing this to our furniture and recently she did it to our chairs and dining table and it took forever too! xxx

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  20. oh they look so much better now! :D

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  21. Your table and chairs look awesome! I have a bedside table that needs painting, so I will have to check out Annie Sloan chalk paint! I love your notes to self at the end, haha! x

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    1. I really recommend the paint! xo

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  22. It looks so awesome now! Very country cottage chic! <3 I know it takes forever though, it's almost like you just wanna toss it out and by a new one by the time you're half way through staining everything haha!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella
    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

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  23. You did an amazing job on those :)
    I love upcycling! All my furniture except my bed has been second hand rescues or purchases that I've spruced up. xx

    wildlittlerose.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. My mom always upcycles things - these look really good!

    www.raspberphobia.com

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  25. That looks amazing! Well done :) xo

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  26. Loved this post! Esp the 7 tips, so true the fist 5 min are always fun then you realise there is alot of work to do & its hard. I get distracted and bored so easily.
    You have done a lovely job, they look great.

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    1. I do too! Thank you so much <3

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  27. While this looks quite complicated, I really do like the idea!

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  28. I love this project, the finished result is fantastic! I always find projects take longer than expected.

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    1. Thank you - they definitely do! xo

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  29. Wow! I love the finished result. We upcycled something similar a few years ago and I remember it took almost 6months (no word of a lie!), we had the awkward job of having to re-upholster the seat pads too.
    Great job! Love seeing home posts like this xxx

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    1. Oh gosh, I would have no idea where to start with that! xo

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  30. That looks fab! Job well done. Your notes made me laugh! I have upcycled so many things over the years, but each time I start something after an hour in I do say to myself "What on earth were you thinking?!" x

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