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Our Dressing Table Upcycle

February 20, 2016
Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

Moving into our current home was only ever meant to be a temporary measure, a few months, a year at best. Expanding our furniture collection to only move in a matter of months seemed foolhardy, and as time flew by that was how I ended up still sat on the floor doing my hair and make-up after almost three years had passed by.

After yet another Mascara had been found and destroyed by our two dogs, enough was finally enough, and I decided it was time to take the plunge and buy a dressing table, of course questioning why I had left it so long!

Ikea had a plain white little number, which while functional and in budget wasn’t really a piece I could see myself enjoying for years to come, so I turned to my old favourite pal eBay. Switching to collection only is a great way to pick up a bargain, and as luck would have it I found a beautiful if battered dressing table and stool for an unbelievable £29.

Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

We picked it up on a wet and windy afternoon, shoehorning it into the boot and proudly returning it home. Applauding ourselves for a thrifty job well done, everything finally had a place and (in my mind anyway) mornings wouldn’t be frantic, but well organised and zen.

Despite great intentions to paint it that weekend, time slipped by and my beloved dressing table stayed in its more shabby than chic state.

It was only when Valspar got in touch with the launch of their new paint palettes that I recalled my well intentioned plans to make-over my dressing table and stool duo. Appalled to hear of potential going to waste they immediately sent me to B&Q to have a go at mixing my own paint… but what colour to choose?

A subtle stone grey, or a luxurious inky navy? Well it had to be the latter, providing a perfect contrast against the beautiful Laura Ashley Swallow Wallpaper we have ready and waiting for when we move into our cottage (Over-organised, me?)

After narrowing down and picking between the many many shades on offer, we decided ‘Royal Concerto’ was the one for us, and with no time like the present we started sanding down each surface ready for the first coat.

Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

Painting the first coat was a breeze, thick and easy to apply, the task at hand couldn’t have been simpler and more satisfying. The cream legs and natural table top were quickly covered, with each coat taking just a couple of hours to dry.

Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

While waiting for it to dry our attention turned to the drawer, and its particularly dull knob. I’d already spotted and purchased its perfect replacement in the Graham & Green Christmas sale, and after a quick spot of DIY and a few coats of paint they had been switched.

Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

My sloppy paintwork was easily covered with two coats, and the transformation was complete. We left it to dry for a day and then it was ready to take pride of place in our bedroom.

Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

For our first ‘Upcycling’ project I don’t think we did a bad job, although the credit really has to go to Valspar and their fantastic paint. I’ll save the full reveal for when our dressing table is in our new bedroom, which hopefully should only be a month away (Fingers crossed) but for now I’ve definitely got the painting bug…what can I turn my brush to next?
Dressing Table Upcycle, Valspar

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