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Secondhand saves you a bundle

With access to Internet, buying secondhand furniture has become a popular trend when combined with today's ability to paint furniture with ease.


Whether you are prepared to put in the effort to strip down furniture to bare wood, or take the easier option to give it a light sanding and apply chalk paint or spray paint, restoring or making over secondhand furniture is well worth it.

Up to now buying a quality chalk paint has been a bit difficult, but now there's Rust-Oleum Chalked, an ultra matt paint that leaves a smooth, ultra matt finish and is easy to apply to any furniture. Now you can easily give any secondhand piece of furniture an instant makeover - without the elbow grease! See how we transformed a secondhand Oregon Pine dresser using Rust-Oleum Chalked paint in aged grey.

Instantly transform old fashioned furniture with a coat or two of chalk paint, and add even more appeal with patterned wallpaper or fabric. Pick a pattern that takes its cues from colours in the room to bring together a cohesive look. Use heavy-duty wallpaper adhesive to glue wallpaper onto a lightly sanded surface, and use ModPodge if you prefer to cover with a pretty fabric. After application apply 3 to 4 coats of ModPodge over the fabric to protect.





You should be able to buy ModPodge in the craft section of your local Builders, or at art shops, or pop into your nearest Prominent Paints store and grab a can of clear acrylic sealer - it works just as well. Rust-Oleum's range of paint products is available at your local Builders store.

Transform secondhand furniture with Rust-Oleum spray paint and get creative with a hand painted faux mosaic pattern for an eye-catching feature piece. Spray paint is easy to apply over previously painted and varnished finishes and only requires a light sanding before application - saving you time and making the task so much easier. 

Where secondhand furniture has been repeatedly waxed over the years, it's important to remove built up wax before painting. Wax will prevent the paint from bonding to the surface and result in peeling.  The easiest way to remove built up wax is to use fine steel wool and mineral turpentine. If you are unsure about whether or not wax polish has been built up on the surface, do the steel wool and mineral turpentine test first.

Step out of the box a little if you want to paint a piece of furniture with eye-catching appeal. Don't feel that you only have to use a single colour. There's no rules that limit your imagination when it comes to applying various techniques to transform your furniture.

One man's junk... Even secondhand furniture that looks like it's on its last legs deserves a second chance if it still has a strong frame. Doors that are falling off can be re-attached or replaced with plain or decorative butt hinges. When fitting new hinges make sure that screws are short enough not to go right through the wood frame.

Grab a tin of Rust-Oleum Chalked ultra matte paint in Linen White and discover how easy it is to turn a drab disaster into a beautiful piece. Applying Chalked is as easy as a light sanding with a sanding sponge and then use a quality paintbrush to apply the paint. Follow the instructions on the can for drying time and any additional coats that need to be applied.

Prefer to add a little colour? Rust-Oleum have a wide selection of colourful spray paints that can be applied to almost any surface. Do the wax polish test and clean well before taking the furniture outdoors, or into a well ventilated space, to apply instant colour.

When using spray paint always apply light coats rather than end up with drips and runs. See the full range of Rust-Oleum products at your local Builders. Allow sprayed coats to dry properly if you want to apply details.