Feast Watson’s 2017 Re-Love project before and after!

Re-Love furniture upcycle

Each year, Feast Watson runs an incredible campaign inviting a handful of Australian creatives to upcycle a piece of furniture that is auctioned and all proceeds go to helping the Salvos.

This year, I’m so excited to be invited as one of the Re-Love designers!

Recently, I headed to my local Salvos store to find ‘the piece’ to upcycle and discovered a simple two-door chest that I knew had loads of creative potential.

Working on the Feast Watson Re-Love piece
Chest before
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  • Pine chest
  • Black Japan stain by Feast Watson
  • Perforated metal sheet cut to size
  • Brass spray paint
  • Sand paper (or I used Sandi Hands gloves)
  • Paint brush
  • Sugar soap
  • Super glue
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  1. I prepared the piece by sanding it back using my new Sandi Hands sanding gloves and washing it with Sugar Soap to remove any debris.
  2. Sandi Hands

  3. Then I applied two coats of Black Japan stain to take it from a light pine colour to black timber
  4. Materials

  5. I had a sheet of perforated metal cut to fit the inlay section of the doors at my local metal shop and spray painted these brass before gluing them in place.

ReLove furniture upcycle

Furniture close up

ReLove project

It was quite a simple and straightforward upcycle but it gave the piece a whole new look and I love the added dimension the perforated brass doors add.

On Monday 14 August, this piece will be up for auction on the Salvos ebay store and all money raised will go back to the Salvos so they can keep up their amazing work!

I’d love you to bid or share the word! And be sure to check out the pieces the other Re-Love designers created — Aimee Tarulli, Dowel Jones, Kristine Franklin, Mark Tuckey, and Norsu Interiors.

It’s been so fun getting involved in this great campaign and I’m keeping my fingers firmly crossed the auction goes well!

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Gina is the Editor of STYLE CURATOR, an award winning Australian blog about the pursuit of a stylish home. She is passionate about sharing her love of design, architecture, decorating and homewares. Having recently finished the build of her dream home, she's now tackling the never ending job of styling it. When she's not blogging or working with interior styling clients, you'll find her running after her 1 year-old son Patrick or getting her hands messy in a creative project.


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