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Turning old furniture into new furniture.

As if we didn’t have enough to do during ‘moving in’ week, I decided to get my hands dirty with a little DIY project which has, to be honest, been on my to-do list for years. And that was transforming our orangey pine bedroom furniture into something a little more stylish, brighter and more in keeping with the fresh look we’ve been trying to create throughout the house.

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Hare door knobs from Sainsbury’s.

Back in, oh, around September, I first clocked these amazing brass hare door knobs in Sainsbury’s for a rather reasonable £10 for a pack of four. But since we’d need around 20 or more to do all of our furniture, they were starting to get a bit pricey. I’d been hoping they’d go in the sale and had been staking out or local Sainsbos for months to no avail… until Paul happened upon several packs which had been reduced to a fiver each – sorted!

Since we’d already got a tin of Farrow and Ball All White Floor Paint, we decided to use that – also, I didn’t want the chalky, shabby chic finish of chalk paint, rather something more pristine and, well, finished.

The downside to not using chalk paint, which you can just slap on straight away, was all of the prepping involved. Using a combination of belt sander, palm sander and good ol’ fine sandpaper, we stripped each piece back to bare pine – an arduous task with two bedside tables, a chest of drawers, dressing table and two wardrobes, totalling some 17 drawers!

Then it was two coats of Dulux Trade Quick Drying Wood Primer Undercoat, followed by two coats of the F&B floor paint. And finally, the finishing touch of my lovely hare handles.

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The new-look dressing table.
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Bedside tables.
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Chest of drawers.

It took the best part of a week to complete, but we’re over the moon with the result – stylish new furniture at a bargain price!

We’ve clearly got the upcycling bug now, as Paul’s just bought a country kitchen-style dining table with a chunky solid wood top which need a bit of TLC!

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