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Old Posted: 17-04-2013 , 05:04 PM #1
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Default Up-cycled furniture

Just thought I'd share this as Jumble Town is a fantastic resource that helps keep waste down and you never know what another person needs or wants: my motto is "One's man's junk is another mans treasure".

I got this telephone table last year and enjoyed up-cycling it. It was easy enough to do - just keep all the bits of stuffing etc and take photos if you need to reference back (not much need on this one).
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Old Posted: 17-04-2013 , 05:16 PM #2
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Here is another project: the stool we had used for the piano was given to us by someone and had seen better days so it was time to sort it out. I took photos along the way of the inside to see what I should be doing with the threads etc. This took about 8 hours all in all.
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Old Posted: 17-04-2013 , 07:29 PM #3
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Absolutely amazing,your extremely talented
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Old Posted: 17-04-2013 , 08:10 PM #4
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Really love what you have done, just goes to show what crafty people can do with things others think is junk and would throw away, great job,..
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Old Posted: 17-04-2013 , 08:58 PM #5
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Fantastic work, Pacman!

Many thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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Old Posted: 17-04-2013 , 10:54 PM #6
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Fantastic work! Can I ask you what type of paint and primer did you use on the phone table?
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Old Posted: 18-04-2013 , 06:03 PM #7
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Two beautiful pieces now. Well done you
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Old Posted: 18-04-2013 , 10:12 PM #8
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Lovely work!
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Old Posted: 19-04-2013 , 08:36 AM #9
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Thanks for all the comments. These were just to encourage others to try these things. The telephone table above was fairly easy - it was just a thing of painting and then putting on the upholstery straight (keeping in mind the pattern and "measure twice, cut once policy).

The poof was a bit more tricky but very doable if you can use a sewing machine and have large needles and a staple gun. For anyone in Dublin, Kevin at East Wall Market is a wonderful place for material - 3 a meter: you can't beat that!!! Makes attempting these things affordable and no big loss if it doesn't work out.

Leo, I used Woodies pure brilliant white for wood and metal undercoat, and Woodies satinwood soft sand for interior wood and metal. I wanted that 'antique cream' kind of colour. I spoke with a very helpful guy there earlier in the week (a bit of a rarity in Woodies), who told me that you can now download an app and it will colour match and then they make it from that. I think that is Dulex. Also, he gave me a colour card and said if I picked a colour, that they could match it and make it up. It worked out cheaper than buying the colour ready made on the shelf - which I did the last time! Useful advise.

Hoping to start a new piece today :-)
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Old Posted: 19-04-2013 , 12:27 PM #10
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Good luck with your new piece; looking forward to seeing the pictures. Thank you for the advice. I have an old super value wine press that I am going to upcycle.
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Old Posted: 19-04-2013 , 03:09 PM #11
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Well done, It's great to see more people up-cycling. I love seeing new items added to the before and after forum - keep up the good work!
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Old Posted: 29-04-2013 , 11:34 PM #12
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I got this chair from a JT user. It looks very pink in the photo but it's actually red.

I did not collect it so did not see that there was no back cushion so if anyone has one that is no good to them anymore I would be grateful. It would just finish it off. I know I can get foam from Zhivago's but it's a little pricy for my budget. The width at the back is 50cm at the bottom. I did put a thread in 'wanted' and have replied to numerous threads of people giving away chairs / couches to say that if they didn't go, could I have the cushion. I understand why they don't want to part with them - useless without but if it is heading for the dump, I'd be delighted.

So! The chair. It took about a week in between other commitments just to take out the staples and strip it down! After that, it was a bit like doing a 5000 piece jig saw: you need patience, and to be able to piece it all together.

It only took two days to upholster once it was all ready to go. All I need now is a back cushion :-D

Thanks Rachael and Leo I am looking forward to seeing pics.
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Old Posted: 02-05-2013 , 09:37 PM #13
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I love upcycling too and I must say you're really good at it well done :)
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Old Posted: 23-07-2013 , 09:51 PM #14
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I wish I had as much talent in my whole body as some of you JTrs have in your little finger! Well done.
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Old Posted: 28-09-2013 , 10:54 AM #15
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I wish I had as much talent in my whole body as some of you JTrs have in your little finger! Well done.

Jeep2 just give it a try: what have you got to loose? If you get a piece of furniture for free and only spend a small amount on materials there is little loss if it doesn't work out but immense satisfaction if it does!! ;-)

There is a wealth of information on the internet and also here: you could post a pic of your project and ask for help or advise. And if your paint job does not look good - well it can be sanded and started again. Go on give it a try. And post your before and after photos when you do: we'd love to see them!
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