Monday, 18 June 2018

DIY: Upcycling Ottoman

I've been searching container to store all my fabric, so I've thought about purchasing an ottoman or blanket box. A few weeks ago, a neighbour had advertised on street Facebook page, yes we have a street Facebook page. Anyway, a neighbour had advertised they had a wicker blanket box and yours truly was first to respond, it was mine. I just love my street as people try to be environmentally friendly and offer furniture for free, rather than seeing it go to landfill.

I really love the shape of the ottoman, the wicker and with it's small Queen Anne legs. It has a quaint French cottage vibe.





I decided to tart it up. . Usually, I more than happy to paint black, but I opted for grey. As I had a tin of Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Graphite left. Before I began, I lightly sanded the ottoman and cleaned it. I'm not really the best one to explain how to use chalk paint so I recommend Youtube




I used a paintbrush to apply the paint. I stirred the paint before applying and used light coats I put on about three coats. I also had to stipple the paint on to apply the paint in between the wicker. Afterwards, I waxed the wicker and buffed with a cloth.


I wasn't happy with the lid and considered painting it or even using sticky back plastic. I remember I had some oilcloth lying around. I cut the cloth to size and allowing a bit extra to staple the cloth to the lid. 


I love the final aesthetic it feels more like a French cottage style with a slightly gothic twist that looks gorgeous. I feel the grey works perfectly on the wicker and looks great in the guest bedroom. It'll definitely fit in with the scheme I have planned for my craft room.




I'm not sure if I'm a chalk paint convert it feels as though it's more hassle to use compared to other options available. I'm not keen on the finish as it looks darker in some areas. I guess it'll add to the rustic charm, considering it cost menothing to revamp I can't complain. I think next time, I'll use spray paint.



13 comments:

  1. Lovely! You have given it a new lease on life!

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    1. Thanks. It's great for something that cost me nothing.

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  2. Love the oilcloth and the way you up cycled that piece.

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    1. Thank. I think I might start a new trend gothic French cottage.Lol.

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  3. Love this,its my kind of thing. I see we have similar interests and from the same part of the world. where abouts in NE are you ? Adding to follow x

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  4. Thanks. It's always nice to meet people from the North East and who like my blog. I'm from Newcastle.

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  5. I love your neighbours on your street! I wish we did things like that!
    You did an amazing job on the box! I can't believe it's the same box! Wow! Big Hugs!

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    1. I do have some awesome negibours and made a couple of good friends. Maybe you could start something off. Thanks it looks great now, despite the patch paint.

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  6. I like like the oil cloth you have used and I know what you mean about chalk paint, there are better alternatives.

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    1. I know that now. Lol. But it's just what so had lying around the house, so for something that cost me nothing I can't complain.

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