HOW TO MAKE… AN UPCYCLED SIDEBOARD
Undercoat (we used ColourTrend) Satinwood paint (we used Colourtrend Satin in Island Breeze, Purple Hollyhock, Pink Explosion, Wildflower Boutique, Pale Petunia, Happy Face, Blue Bliss and Cyan Sky) Paint brush Sketchpad Painter’s tape (we used FrogTape) Sugar soap Sanding block Medium grit sandpaper Rubber gloves Sideboard
There’s upcycling, and then there’s this – fully transforming a so-so retro sideboard into a total stunner. How? With fearless geometric paintwork in the brightest of brights.
Choose a heart-pounding colour combo and refer to the main images as a guide for your own geo design. To speed up the process, you could paint the piece all over in one colour first, then tape your triangles to add colour pops. Prepping the furniture is key for a neat finish, as is good quality tape.
01 To prepare, clean down the furniture with sugar soap. Making sure you wear gloves, spray the surface and leave it to sit for a minute. With a slightly dampened cloth, wipe down the piece to make sure you don’t have any sugar soap residue. Once dry, use a sand block and medium grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Always sand in the direction of the grain – this is to avoid scratching the surface and creating visible scratch lines. Remove the dust with the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner, then rub with a dry cloth.
02 Remove hinges and hardware, or wrap them in tape to protect them. Apply two coats of undercoat, painting all the awkward areas first.
03 After you’ve prepared and undercoated the piece, make a quick sketch to plan your overall geometric look to guide the approximate size of the triangles you’ll use, as shown. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but getting an idea of how you want to arrange the colours will make it easier. You could use a ruler and make this really precise, but that might take the fun out of it. After the first set of triangles are complete, work off these triangles every time. Make triangles out of every shape left. There may be some larger triangles and some smaller triangles.
04 Working from the plan, begin with taping the first layer of triangles, making sure that each piece of the tape is firmly in place. Run your fingers along the edge of the tape to make sure it’s fully stuck to the surface.
05 Now it’s time to start painting the triangles. Don’t go too heavy on the paint or you’ll be left with a thick edge line. Gently peel back the tape straight away, then leave the paint to dry.
06 Once the first layer of paint is completely dry, tape the next layer of triangular shapes over the edges of the dry ones as in Step 5.
07 Paint in the next colour of your choice. Peel back the tape and leave the paint to fully dry.
08 Keep repeating this process until you’ve covered all the areas in your chosen colours, remembering to gently peel back the tape in between each layer immediately.
09 To finish, replace or update the hardware on the furniture, then attach it back in place.