Turning old furniture into new has become somewhat a pastime of mine, especially if a beautiful shade of Farrow and Ball colour is to be used like this Stone Blue! I have turned these alcove shelves into brand new ones with some sanding and a lick of paint and it seems that since then there is no stopping me. When I moved into the new flat, I had to source some new furniture and dispose the old one but when we were moving the furniture around, I figured some of the old one could be renovated, or even repurposed, to not only save me money but also reduce the waste.
I posted about this bookcase that fits like a glove into the alcove next to the fireplace and since then my DMs exploded with your questions. As a matter of fact, I haven’t had so much engagement since my PhD graduation (the most read post in my blog and most viewed one on my Instagram), so I figured it’s best if I share some of the renovation secrets with you.
FULL DISCLOSURE:: I take no credit for this furniture transformation, it was all thanks to my incredibly talented Mum!
The original state of the furniture as you can see from these pictures was not bad. There were no cracks or squeaks when moved around so Mum didn’t have to repair it and fill any gaps, but its colour was very much outdated. It reminded me of old 70’s movies and I knew it had no place in the flat. Seeing as it fit perfectly in the alcove though, we decided to order some Stone Blue paint from Farrow & Ball and see what we could make with it. I selected the ‘Interior wood’ surface and got a sample to first check how it would look before buying bulk paint. We loved it and I eventually ordered 2.5L of estate emulsion that came down to the astonishing cost of around 100€.
I thought it was too much to paint but it was all very worth it by the looks of it!
Mum applied 2 coats of paint, no sanding or primer was required prior to it and after a day of drying it turned out to be the most beautiful furniture in the flat and, if I many say so, the focal point of the living room!
I styled the shelves with random bric a brac and vintage books I had lying around the house et voila!
What do you think? Are you team furniture transformation or prefer to buy new one, instead?