Ombré Upcycle

Ombré Upcycle

I’m a bit of a self confessed DIY Queen, to the point where we went to a garden party recently and I ended up building the flat pack BBQ- a story for another day!

When I’m not building BBQ’s I dabble in a bit of up-cycling here and there when I’m inspired, and as we’re currently moving in with my partner the perfect opportunity presented itself recently.

We have been making the second bedroom a new haven for Alice, which inevitably meant lots of pink- her choice! The drawers he had already were a beautiful design and practical size but just a bit flat in colour. I knew I wanted pink and white and after some Pinterest research I settled on ombré drawers- I do like to set myself a challenge! Here’s how we went from this…

To this…

I had never used chalk paint before so it took a fair amount of research before I felt confident about putting brush to surface. Here’s what you need to know if you’re a chalk paint newbie like me:

  • Using chalk paint means you don’t need to sand or prime your surface- win!
  • There are a few different brands on the market, you’ve probably heard of Annie Sloan if you’ve come across chalk paint, however I went with Rust-Oleum as I could get my hands on it in my local B&Q and test out colours before committing to a large tin.
  • You need to arm yourself with some accessories to ensure a nice finish and make the process easier

What I used

1 tin Chalky White Rust-Oleum chalk finish furniture paint

1 tin Dusky Pink Rust-Oleum chalk finish furniture paint

1 tin Rust-Oleum Furniture Wax

Paint brush

Wax cloth- some people recommend a wax brush but I found using a cotton cloth worked well (an old t-shirt material is ideal)

Kilner Jars. I used these to mix the 4 different ombré colours as the air tight seal prevented them from drying out between coats

The Process

  • I started by wiping down the surface ready to be painted
  • These drawers were super tricky as they didn’t come out of the frame without unscrewing them (so I had to make my peace with them staying blue on the inside!)
  • I began by painting the frame white using an angled paintbrush and a small roller for the sides. The chalk paint will go on looking streaky for the first coat, especially if you’re painting a light colour over a darker one. I panicked at first but trust the process, allow to dry, apply a 2nd coat and you’ll be fine.
  • I also had some help at this point from my wee assistant, I’d highly recommend some little helping hands, but you will have to leave your perfectionist side at the door!

  • After this I mixed my 4 shades of pink for the drawer fronts to create the ombré effect. Using the Kilner jars I started by mixing the lightest pink, made up of mostly white chalk paint with a dash of pink, followed by 2 gradually darker shades and finally used the dusky pink colour with no added white paint for the bottom drawer. Again, the first coat can appear streaky but will come together with a 2nd coat.
  • Once I had done two coats of paint (leaving plenty of time to dry in between) it was time to wax the furniture. I found some of the pink paint seemed to come away at first but once the wax dried it left a lovely even finish and really bought out the colours. Rub the wax on in circular motions, remove any excess wax with a different cloth and leave to dry for 24 hours. The wax will prevent any of the colour being transferred and protect it from spills etc- ideal when going in a child’s room!
  • I finished off my project with brand new drawer handles, I chose chunky white plastic ones from B&Q to match the drawers to the frame and keep them appropriate for a little one’s room.

I had so much fun updating these, and as a newbie I’m sure I haven’t done them perfectly but I love knowing they’re unique and I made them for Alice- with her help. I’m always on Pinterest looking for inspo so if you’ve been doing any up-cycling recently then please send through some pics, I’d love to see them!


1 Comment

  1. Rachael
    June 6, 2018 / 7:58 am

    I love what you’ve done with these drawers! I was thinking of having a go with chalk paint myself. Thanks for showing demonstrating how easy it is to use!

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