Trick to Try: Upcycled Chair
Trick to Try: Upcycled Chair

Trick to Try: Upcycled Chair

From vulgar varnish to painted beauty, see how two vintage gems were given a new lease of life.

What's the secret to upcycling? It's all about looking beyond the surface and seeing the potential – plus bags of creativity, of course.

Friends and founders of The New Craft Society, Rosie and Hannah discovered just this when they embarked on a project that transformed two vintage Ercol chairs that were in need of a new look.

In June, Gumtree kickstarted its Upcycling Revolution campaign, which included launching the first ever National Upcycling Day. As part of the campaign, 20 bloggers, including the New Craft Society, were invited to take part and were given £100 to source an item from Gumtree and give it a stylish make-over. As fellow upcycling advocates, we were at the event to give away paints from our Made by me range, which is specifically designed to be used on furniture and for upcycling projects. From pet houses to jewellery stands, the range of projects on show was amazing, but Hannah and Rosie's chairs stood out to us for their simplicity and on-trend look. We asked them to tell us about their idea:

What drew you to these particular chairs for your upcycling project?

We love Ercol's designs, so found it easy choosing two of their classic Windsor chairs to upcycle.

Can you tell us how you did it?

We stripped the dark varnish off one of the chairs using sandpaper by hand. It took hours! The stripped chair was then sealed with soft wax. We painted both of the chairs' legs with chalk paint then Rosie made a piped cushion to finish off the dark chair.

Tell us about your choice of colour for the chairs…

We love bright colours in interiors at the moment so chose a bright yellow and purple. We think they'll add a fun pop of colour to any room.

**Has this project inspired you to do more upcycling?

We have been inspired to do more upcycling and are looking out for items to paint. We found a wooden chest on the street recently so are thinking about using our paint on it, perhaps a different colour on each wooden panel.

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