Looking for a special gift? Personal, bespoke, unique…an upcycled piece of furniture can make the perfect gift for a birthday, wedding, Valentine’s Day or anniversary. Why not mark the special occasion by having names or dates painted, burnt or engraved on the wood?
These are some of the techniques and decorative effects offered by Coco & Clementine:
Wallpaper or similar is used as a decorative element and fixed to the surface E.g fronts of drawers and doors. The paper is sealed with several layers of a protective glaze.
Patterns, words or images are burned into the surface of the wood using a heated metal instrument.
Gold/Silver/Coloured leaf can be used to highlight particular areas of a piece of furniture eg carved detail. It can also be used to good effect to pick out colours used elsewhere eg metallics in wallpaper. For a slightly subtler effect, metallic gilding wax can also be used to highlight and pick out detail.
A useful technique if repeated patterns are desired across large areas. Equally, a single stencil can be used as an attractive feature. Where a pattern or image is embossed, it is raised against the surface of the furniture, creating a three dimensional effect.
There are many different types of furniture paint available and there are infinite ways of using them! Paint can be used to achieve many different effects E.g. Faux Metallic, Faux Rust, ‘Shabby Chic.’ Or layered/textured to create different effects E.g. Crackle Glaze
Items such as pressed flowers, feathers etc can be trapped in the resin (forming a smooth, shiny surface when dry). Alternatively, resin & paint can be mixed then poured to create a natural, organic, swirling effect resulting in unique designs.
An alternative to using wallpaper if a statement feature is required, meaning the transfer of a single image can be used as a design feature on otherwise painted furniture.
Different colours or shades are blended seamlessly into each other to create eg a beach/sea effect or rainbow blend.
Other items can also be attached to furniture such as paper thin abalone shell, mother of pearl, pressed flowers etc. Agate stone slices can also be formed into door and drawer pulls.
Bare wood, once sanded, can be waxed/varnished/stained/oiled to accentuate the natural grain and enhance its natural appearance. Paint may also be waxed, oiled, varnished to achieve the required appearance!
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You may have a very clear vision of what you want or a general idea! You may already own a piece that you’d like to upcycle or we can source a piece for you.
We discuss your ideas & develop a design plan, so we can provide a detailed information pack outlining the process. Lastly we agree on a final price & discuss shipping!
Once the process begins, you will receive regular updates and ‘work in progress’ photos as your piece undergoes its transformation.
You will have seen photos & been part of the transformation. The end result? A bespoke, one-off, truly unique piece that fits your individual style, taste & environment!
In order for a piece of furniture to be upcycled, it needs to be stripped back to its original form. This is to ensure that any paint, adhesives or decorative elements used adhere to the surface properly.
Typically, upcycling a piece of furniture will involve the following stages:
- Sanding and/or stripping – the removal of any paint, wax, varnish or lacquer.
- Wood repair –filling superficial holes or cracks, sanding off splintered or rough edges or gluing/joining any loose/detached parts.
- Priming and painting – The number of layers required may depend on the type of wood, surface quality, and the colour of the paint.
- Decoration – decoupage, pyrography, stencilling, embossing, gold leaf, resin, mixed media, (eg pressed flowers).
- Finishing – bare wood may be oiled, waxed, stained or varnished in order to achieve the desired appearance. The final layer of paint may also be waxed, oiled or varnished as necessary.