House to Home Column: Paint your way from drab to fab

Interiors-obsessed Becky Pink has painted various run-down household items to give them an upcycled feel…

Paint. It’s got to be the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to add interest, or makeover parts of your house.

I’ve long been a fan of spray paint and have used it on lots of items with great success. My latest project has been spray painting our old plywood stag’s head neon pink.

It couldn’t be easier to give something old a fresh new look – just lay down plenty of newspaper in a well-ventilated area, and spray it with a light, even coat of primer.

Allow to dry and coat with a few layers of your chosen colour. It takes things from drab to fab in (practically) an instant!

If you don’t like the paint fumes, which are pretty pungent, you could use mineral-based Frenchic chalk paint.

We are lucky here in Milton Keynes as we have two stockists – No38 Vintage Emporium on Newport Pagnell High Street, and Mrs B’s Emporium in Wolverton.

A lot of people seem to use it to create the shabby chic look, which doesn’t fit with my interior style, but I’ve found it’s also perfect to upcycle furniture in block colours.

My first project was an old faux leather chest. I was a bit nervous about painting fake leather, but I needn’t have worried – it paints on like a dream and dried so quickly I finished two coats in no time.

And it doesn’t smell! I used the Frenchic Al Fresco paint for this, which is very hardwearing and is intended for things like patio furniture and front doors.

I’m pleased to have given this chest and stag’s head a new lease of life, so quickly and easily. I’m looking out for more things to makeover now, so if it doesn’t move, expect it to be painted!

This feature was published in the July 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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