REVAMPING FOR SALVOS FURNISHINGS CHALLENGE
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.”