I’ve just upcycled some old second hand furniture. I’ve used quick dry, minimal VOC level, water-based chalk paint and edged the top with gold nail varnish (bought in a charity shop at 4 pots for £1). I’m really happy with the results. All the chips that was in it have been filled as I painted over them. It’s become a bit posh actually and even a bit designer looking. Not new stuff for me, just like the settee I’m getting delivered next week from Xcel Community Shop. Cheap as chips, does the job and will do a turn.
This is the way forward, to make do, reuse and upcycle what we have to how we like.
Now sadly, I recall a uni. tour of Nantycws Environmental Waste Management Facility. We saw a brand new white leather sofa being crushed on the top via one of those big landfill compacter vehicles. It really was such a saddening sight. The thought of the wasted item. For me I saw in my minds eye, the loss of life to create the sofa in the first place. Somewhere a sentient animal, wanting to live, was killed and all for nothing. Dis-gust-ing!!!
We all must know by now that throwing things away isn’t working. For we cannot throw things “AWAY”, for there is no away. These things end up somewhere, squished together with biological crap, stinking, disgustingly wasted. Change this, your stuff, buy old, don’t throw out what can be used, give it to the right place.
Painted over chips in cheap as chips second hand furniture and to top it all, I had chips for lunch, yum. All in all, it’s been a good day.