Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rocking Vegas Revamp Raises Thebar

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rocking Vegas Revamp Raises Thebar

Article excerpt

WHAT'S in your garage? Items of furniture just waiting to be rediscovered? And reloved? This week, after rooting around in our client's garage, we discovered a small drawer unit that we transformed into a Vegas-style bar - all we needed was a spot of Elvis and we were ready to rock.

And roll on the paint See the potential TRY to see past the colour, condition and state of furniture cast-offs and think about potential.

This piece waited for years, taking up space and potentially wasting money as the owners were about to buy a new piece for their dining room.

Jump aboard the whole upcycling trend and try swapping items from different rooms and giving them a new look - it's a fun and easy way to revamp what you've already got.

Take care FIRST things first - we sanded off the varnish to smooth out imperfections and prepare the piece for painting. Use rough sandpaper to break through before swapping for a lighter grade for intricate corners and a smoother finish.

Try using the Black & Decker Mouse Sander, PS44.98 from B&Q, (www.diy.com) to make smoothing out a breeze.

Build up colour SEVERAL light coats are smoother and stronger than one heavy coat, so take your time and build up colour slowly.

We used satinwood paint - a small gloss foam roller is the best way to create a smooth finish.

Use a brush for the detailed areas and roller overlap until smooth.

To protect it, we applied a protective top coat with a pearlised lustre. Try Taika pearl paint for a similar look at www.valtti.co.uk Heavy metal STUDDED like Elvis's Vegas jumpsuits, the bar has a fun, stand-out quality. Upholstery tacks on the doors and drawers add a light-catching detail and frame out sections of self adhesive vinyl, which we used to cover each door area.

With free or inexpensive second hand pieces you can let your imagination go wild, safe in the knowledge you're not painting over a priceless antique. …

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