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DIY novice Olivia Shead up­cy­cled an old tim­ber ta­ble in the name of char­ity.

Shead, the act­ing editor of In­te­ri­ors Ad­dict and Reno Ad­dict, is one of eight de­sign­ers tak­ing part in the Feast Wat­son Re-Love Pro­ject, where Aus­tralian de­sign­ers up­cy­cle worn and un­wanted tim­ber fur­ni­ture into state­ment pieces.

The re­vamped fur­ni­ture will be auc­tioned on eBay from July 8-17 and all pro­ceeds will go to the Sal­va­tion Army’s Salvos Stores.

Shead’s first en­try, an old tim­ber ta­ble, was trans­formed into what she calls a Flamingo ta­ble.

“It was very tired ... the var­nish was a hor­ri­ble yel­low and peel­ing,” Shead says.

“But it had great shape and legs and I liked that it was all tim­ber.”

The pro­ject took about a month. “The process in­volved sand­ing, stain­ing the ta­ble top and paint­ing the legs in two dif­fer­ent colours,” Shead says.

Choos­ing the colours was the big­gest chal­lenge, she says.

“We wanted a hot pink and gold, how­ever there wasn’t a hot pink op­tion (in the range) … (so) we went with a flamingo pink,” she says.

When up­cy­cling, Shead says it is im­por­tant to re­main pa­tient.

“(If) things go wrong, go with it,” she says.

“It may even see you end up with a bet­ter re­sult.

“When I got a new paint tin to do the fi­nal touch ups, the colour was com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

“So I had to re­paint it, but I ac­tu­ally pre­fer the end re­sult.

“Also re­mem­ber to pick a sturdy piece that has some longevity and make sure it’s not too dam­aged.”

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