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Blue and Green are the Scene

It’s hard to believe but this dresser was bound for the dump πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ. I’ve actually had it in the workshop since last year and I’ve also had a design plan for it since then too πŸ™ˆ. Finally the wallpaper has its outing 😍
This amazing colour is aptly called 🎨Aquadazzle from Colourtrend Paints. I didnt have any hardware for it so I used some mismatched ones I had spare and revamped them in this beautiful contrasting green colour that I mixed up. I was saying that while in lockdown I was going to try colour combos that I normally wouldnt. While I had always planned on this main colour with the wallpaper, I wasnt so sure on a contrasting colour for inside so I starting mixing and came up with this green. I am now so in love with this blue green combo. The weird thing is i dont think I can use this main colour again on anything. Id feel like I was cheating on this piece πŸ™ˆ. This happens a lot when I use wallpaper for decoupage too, once I’ve used it on a piece that’s it and I don’t use it again. I have a load of wallpaper left over as you can imagine πŸ˜‚ but it’s all available to use in my workshops so no waste πŸ‘Œ
To be fair if I had room myself I’d be keeping it πŸ˜‰. I dont often keep pieces after i revamp them because i usually know I want a piece beforehand and then revamp it for myself. Every room in my house has painted furniture🎨. I may start a little project for fun and photograph one piece of furniture in my house a day just for the laugh. I’m not sure it will give you any insight into to my style because absolutely nothing matches πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Glazed and Confused

Hey Guys. Check out the new video tutorial I put up yesterday on Revamping Hardware. That was the 3rd tutorial in the series and here is the finished locker i worked on throughout. From video 1 I used wallpaper decoupage on the drawer and video 2 explained how to glaze and distress furniture and finally video 3 discussed revamping and reusing furniture hardware. I also added a photo of another little piece which I used for the napkin decoupage in video 1 and the hardware update. What do you all think? If you have watched the tutorials and are going to try out any of these techniques, I’d love for you to share them with me. And any questions on any of the tutorials just let me know πŸ™‚

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Chest of Gold,Red,Orange,Blue

Finally finished the 3rd Chest of Drawers from the @Kollect delivery. Didnt even have a plan for this one just blindly picked a few colours to go with the wallpaper on drawer 3. While I have the time I’m trying out some of the more unusual colour combos. Some will work and some wont no doubt πŸ˜‚.
New handles and a little distressing around the edges to finish. I used distressing on this piece just to break up the paint blocks. You always know when finished painting whether a piece needs just a little extra something and distressing can be the perfect technique to use in that situation. This brings me to the next video tutorial I’m going to do which is all about glazing and distressing. I was hoping to get it done today but time just got away from me so tomorrow it is. Anyone out there right now looking at your pine furniture and thinking about getting rid if it, please rethink and think about upcycling. Whether you try your hand at it yourself or get a professional to do it, I promise you wont regret it and neither will your wallet πŸ˜‰
This piece is available to buy now πŸ™‚
Colourtrend Paints 🎨 Mucky Swan (White), Moonrose (Pink), Carrot Cake (Orange), Custom Mix (Blue)

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Two/Triangle Style

We had a little last minute change of plan on these lockers. As part of a big commission these were going to be decoupaged too, but there was a change of heart and the lockers are all the better for it. I’m absolutely in love with these myself and I’m certain the little girl who is getting them will too. I don’t really use geometric designs very often but I may very well be swayed to do some more in the future. And I’m in love with this colour combo. At least I’m not short of fab paint colours at the moment 🀣. Just looking at these is making me happy right now lol. So a run down of the colours.
@colourtrendpaints 🎨 Mucky Swan (Frame), Sin City (Yellow), Sari (Coral), Calmness (Dark Green), Lush Meadow (Light Green), Custom Mix (Light Pink).
As I was saying I dont use geometric designs very much. And I actually did really enjoy working on these lockers. The other day when I was in the middle of working on these I went to bed that night and actually dreamed a geometric design for a retro desk I have lol. I had no intentions of anything geometric for it but now I cant get the design out of my head. This actually happens me a lot where I dream of designs in my sleep that I dont think I would ever consider when I’m awake lol. Does this happen to anyone else?
I sprayed the wooden hardware on these lockers with a sparkly white gold. Keep an eye out for my upcoming video tutorials as one if them is going to be about Revamping hardware.

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Floral Fancy

I have absolutely found my love for decoupage again. I used it so much in the beginning and then it has always been a big part of my workshops, I think I got a little bored with it. I havent even bought napkins in ages and for anyone that knows me they will be shocked by that news πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. This is the 2nd set of a commission I’m working on so 1 set left to go and guess what…. it’s going to be more decoupage.
I’m finally going to sit down next week and think about doing a couple of videos. The main ones I have been thinking about doing are a decoupage tutorial and a glazing tutorial. I will see how it goes but at least I’m finally thinking about it so thats a start. I always stayed away from online videos mainly because I focused on real life workshops which personally I find is my niche. I love meeting people and spending the day teaching upcycling and always having the craic. Since i work alone i found the workshops just as important for me as anyone coming to them. I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road again, whenever that may be 🀞
I also woke up this morning and got dressed in my work clothes and headed out to the workshop. Turned on the radio and realised it was Saturday πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Now I know every day is the same right now but I’m still taking my weekends off. I promised myself to keep some sort of a routine so its house cleaning day instead 🀣 and then a big long 2km walk 🐩🐩 and definitely clothes that dont have paint on them. Its that kind of day πŸ€ͺ
Have a great Saturday everyone cc
Colourtrend Paints 🎨 Vintage Silver

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Pretty Perfect

This is part of a commission of 5 lockers and 3 beds. Working away on the lockers but will have to wait for the paint shop to reopen before the beds get the revamp πŸ˜ͺ. I always get asked when Revamping lockers, chests etc to get new hardware and I always reply to let me revamp the hardware on the piece first and then decide if you want to spend the money on new hardware.
99% of the time no new hardware is needed. These were just the usual pine knobs but all they needed was a lick of paint to finish off the locker. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best πŸ˜‰
Anyone who uses napkins for decoupage knows how finicky and frustrating it can be to get them right πŸ˜‚
Knowing this I still went ahead and attempted to use the border on the napkin and try and get it straight right through the 3 drawers and guess what … it went perfectly first time 🀣Thankfully because my patience isnt working to its full extent at the moment lol. It actually feels like forever since I got to do napkin decoupage and i am sooo enjoying it all over again.
Anyone interested in decoupage, where to start and what materials to use then why not join my group on Facebook
The Revamp Tramps Workshop
There are loads of ideas, tips and tricks and loads of lovely people waiting to help with any upcycling queries. It’s a great place to show off your current projects or even look for inspiration for colours, designs etc..
@ColourtrendPaints 🎨Mucky Swan

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Jungle Fever

A jungle fun themed locker for a bathroom makeover. I actually love revamping lockers because they are always the best pieces for some napkin decoupage and I do love my napkins 🀣. I got a can of Rustoleum 🎨Coloured Metallic Pink recently so expect many many bright pink handles and knobs πŸ˜‰
How is everyone coping at the moment? It was all going great until I ran out of some necessary materials so i am having to improvise a little at the moment. I have some commissions in that i have half finished but cant finish now because I need paint πŸ˜‚. Even with the 40 odd tins I have already I still need more 🎨
Nevertheless I still have plenty of painting to keep me occupied and I definitely have enough napkins for decoupage to last me until I’m 80 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
This was actually another piece from the @kollect.ie delivery. There were 3 chests and 1 locker. I kind of forgot about the locker because the workshop got so full it ended up hidden behind bigger pieces. This was pine before the revamp and again I have to reiterate that pieces like this do not belong in landfill. This took me one day to revamp. Cleaned, primed, painted, decoupaged and new hardware sprayed and put back on. A lot of us have that time on our hands now and definitely have a locker that could do with a little makeover. Feel free to get in touch if you would like help on taking the first steps to give something a little revamp. .
@colourtrendpaints 🎨Plunge and 🎨Green Column