Quick and easy furniture painting project

Upcycle this baby-changing station from plain to perfect with this really easy step-by-step guide to painting the pattern!

Bathroom inspiration furniture upcycling

Painting furniture can be a great way to kick start the decoration of a room or a means of making an old piece match your new theme. Instagram interiors influencer Sofie from @threeboysandapinkbath, shows  just how easy it is to add some tribal style to an otherwise bland baby-changer using furniture paints and a little imagination.  Don’t limit yourself; this process could just as easily be used for re-imagining a chest of drawers or bedside locker.

What you need

  • Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint, Carbon
  • Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint, Chalk White
  • Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Furniture Paint, Gold
  • Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape
  • A steel rule

Sophie has used Rust-Oleum specialist Furniture Paint which is widely available, Woodies and B&Q both have  it,  for a stockist near you here is the stockist locator site:

There are plenty of stockists, from Coleraine to Skibereen! Select ‘Northern Ireland’ or ‘Republic of Ireland’ from the drop-down menu and off you go; the Dublin option doesn’t work for some reason.

Step 1

Rust-Oleum furniture paint often requires no sanding, making upcycling furniture super straight forward. Simply clean your furniture thoroughly to ensure there’s no grease or dust on the surface to be painted.

Step 2

Take your Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Chalk White and decant a little into a seperate container. To create a white wash effect, thin the paint with water and stir thoroughly. Brush on the watered down paint until you’re happy with the result and leave to fully dry

Step 3

Draw out your design on a piece of paper, anything goes, the bolder the better! Triangles, chevrons, stripes and squares are easiest. Measure out and tape your design onto the furniture using masking tape. Sofie kept her drawers in the unit as she found this easier.

Step 4

Using Rust-Oleum furniture paints and colours, paint in each section  of your design and leave this to fully dry. Sofie used used Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Chalk White, Metallic Finish Furniture Paint in Gold and Satin Finish Furniture Paint in Carbon.

Step 5

Once completely dry, peel off the tape and apply a layer Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax, this will ensures the paint finish is waterrepellent and seals against stains and marks. Buff the wax with a lint free cloth!

IvyLine - Seagrass Lined Basket Planter - White

Seagrass lined basket planter in white €31 from Amara

Styling is all important too, and the palm in a basket planter is stand-out. Here are a couple of options  for the basket, and Ikea are great for plants: this Areca palm is €25. It’s about 150cm high, great value.IKEA DYPSIS LUTESCENS Potted plant


FLÅDIS Basket, seagrass, 25 cm €15 from IKEA

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