Are you a fan of Hampton’s style? Do you love a casual, relaxed coastal vibe in your interiors? Do you often wonder how you can achieve that without investing thousands of dollars into expensive new furniture pieces?

Look around your home and I’m sure you will find some older style, timber pieces of furniture that need a little TLC and could benefit from a stylish makeover. Or visit your local second hand store to find a bargain piece that will be easily upcycled into a statement piece.

Rust-Oleum has an innovative product that will make your furniture transformation so easy. Chalked Paint is designed to dry to a velvety smooth, matt finish that brings tired and worn pieces back to life. It is so simple to do, and you can get it in a huge range of tinted colours.

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TRANSFORMING A PIECE OF FURNITURE – 6 EASY STEPS

1) Remove fixtures and fittings. Take out any drawers and paint them individually. Sand existing coating with medium grit sandpaper to improve adhesion of chalk paint.

2) Clean with Metho to remove any dust or surface contamination; such as furniture polish, oil, wax or grease.

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AGED / VINTAGE LOOK

This is such an easy way to transform an old piece of unfashionable furniture into an authentic looking vintage find.

Wait for your topcoat of Chalked Paint to completely dry. Then take a fine to medium piece of sandpaper and lightly sand the surface focussing on the edging details for authenticity. Sand as much paint off as you want, allowing the original surface to show through, so it looks naturally worn around the edges.

Once you are happy with your finish, wipe it clean if all dust and topcoat with the Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Topcoat

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VINTAGE GLAM

Painted furniture doesn’t necessarily need to look old and worn or beachy in style. By carefully selecting your furniture piece and the colour and finish you choose to transform it with, you can achieve a glamorous and eye catching piece of furniture.

Select dark colours such as black or charcoal and then splurge on brass or gold fittings to finish the look. Always seal the finish with a protective topcoat.

For a glamorous chest of draw revamp, use 2 contrasting tonal colours in Chalked Paint to define the draws and detailing. Again, spend time researching and selecting hardware and fittings to complement your look.

ANTIQUING

If you want an antique look to a piece of furniture that you have painted in Chalked Paint , simply apply the Rust-Oleum Chalked Decorative Glaze once your Chalked Paint has dried.

Either dry brush it on, or use a damp brush followed by using a muslin cloth to gently wipe the excess glaze off for a subtle antiqued look.

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FUN DIY PROJECTS

There are so many quick and effective DIY projects you can enjoy with Chalked Paint. Here are some quick, easy ideas to put create beautiful accessories to complete interiors out of old and forgotten objects:

MASON JARS

Create a stunning display of coloured vases by painting old glass jars in pretty pastel shades of Chalked Paint.

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CANDLESTICK’S

Update old brass or timber candlesticks with a coat of Chalked Paint. Sand them back lightly to create  distressed, aged experience.

HERB POTS

Up cycle old terracotta pots with a crisp coat of Chalked Paint. Use them as stylish kitchen herb planters.

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LAUNDRY BASKETS

Transform an old laundry basket into a stylish accessory with a coat of Chalked Paint.

INTEGRATING NEW PIECES INTO YOUR HOME

WORK IT

Once you have decided on the piece you want to transform, consider the style and  your colour selection, and how it is will sit in your home. Distressed, vintage pieces are often most popular in shades of white and off white. Combine them with natural timber tones and beautiful textured accessories such as cane, linen and glass.

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CLASSIC BEACH

For a classic beach style, incorporate crisp blue pieces alongside linen lampshades and carefully curated collections of shells and coral. Use Chalked Paint colours of soft white or stone to sit perfectly within your chosen Style.

THE FINAL STEP

Use a palette of soft blues and greens to add visual interest to a classic crisp white colour scheme. Always consider the clever use of subtle texture to get the very best result. Beautiful blooms, vintage art pieces, rattan and soft linen couch throws will transform your living area into a gorgeous inviting space.

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MAKE YOUR DECK LOOK LIKE NEW!

1. REPAIRS

Replace any boards that have rotted and change any loose screws or nails with new ones. Remove debris between boards with a putty knife.

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EASY WAYS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR EXTERIOR

1. DO YOUR RESEARCH

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