I turned out to have quite an overwhelming response to my recent draw up-cycle project, therefore, for anyone wanting to take on this as a little project I’ve provided more information below.

The type of furniture and it’s original condition determines what I usually do. If it is new and just raw wood furniture I will often just paint on top. If it is an older piece, I will usually sand, prime and then paint on the final the colour. If this is veneered this will certainly need priming; below is a list of primers I use

What did I use?
– Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)*
– Polycell Quick Drying Polyfilla
– Wood Primer (I usually use Zinsser White Multi surface Primer & undercoat)
– Roller kit and paintbrush for corners
– Top Coat (eggshell recommended for durability)
– Corona furniture – linked here
*Medium sandpaper ranged from 60- to 100-grit, accommodates some final shaping. Fine sandpapers range from 120- to 220-grit.

Painting Furniture which can’t be sanded?
If you’re wanting to paint anything which can’t be sanded, I always use the following;
– Primer – Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer & Sealer 
– Roller kit and paintbrush for corners, but I always use a roller for my finish.
– Top Coat (eggshell)

If you want to do the job properly priming is always recommended. For this particular project, I just painted on top and only used emulsion. Eggshell is preferred and will provide durability, however, I just like the chalk finish look, therefore, I just used emulsion.

I actually love the corona furniture, as I find it such good value for the quality and I love all the detailing; which I think makes it look more expensive. However, I do adapt the furniture to suit my taste and style, which I do by changing all the handles. For this project, I just bought victorian chrome knobs from Selco, linked here.

The furniture also has decorative features such as the black buttons which slide in. I just fill these holes using Polycell Quick Drying Polyfilla, which dries in 5 minutes (if you’re impatient like me). For a change, I decided not to add the bottom decorative feature to give this a different feel and I love it!

Hope you enjoyed this short blog, if you do a similar project using the corona furniture please tag me, I’d love to see your pictures. I have also provided a few pictures of previous corona furniture I have upcycled.