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 (mini sponge roller) and paintbrush for corners, but I always use a roller for my finish.
– Top Coat (eggshell)

Type of Paint?

I prefer to use emulsion for furniture and it has always lasted fine, however, for durability, eggshell is recommended.

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.