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5 Different Upcycling Styles by Helen Johnson

Helen from The Decorating Centre is back with us this Saturday, demonstrating the fabulous Rust-Oleum range. From the Mini's Upcycling Kit, perfect for upcycling beginners, to individual paints, waxes and brushes, join Helen this Saturday at 11am and 3pm for tonnes of inspiration, top tips and techniques! 


Many people think upcycling is just about the shabby chic style, flat matte finish, distressing and only for people transforming furniture around the home. Whilst it is all of those things it’s also so much more! For anyone that thinks shabby chic isn’t their style, or that they prefer bold colours and a sheen finish over a distressed one I’ve pulled together my favourite upcycling techniques to show you just how much more it is!





1. Distressing
We had to discuss this one first as it’s the most common technique but it really is so satisfying and can be done in so many ways! You can distress your coat of paint back to the original finish underneath for an aged look, apply a metallic finish as your first coat before your colour and distress the project for a stunning and expensive looking sheen or apply a contrasting colour underneath your top coat and distress back to it which helps to give an aged look for something that maybe isn’t that old!



2. Ombre
So there is a big chance that I made up this word thinking of a hairdressers technique of taking my hair from dark to light but it fits with what I’m trying to describe so I’m keeping it! I absolutely love mixing colours together to create a graduated effect. Its so simple and effective and people really think you’ve done something incredibly complicated so are really impressed with the finished result!




3. Dry Brushing
It doesn’t sound very exotic but dry brushing can give a really effective touch to your project and is a different finish to distressing. My favourite finish is to use the metallic furniture paint to highlight any intricate patterns on my project.


4. Decoupaging
You can really finish off a project by adding something extra to your paint! I’ve used anything  from napkins to wallpaper to add a finishing touch or a different style to my projects!




5. Fabric Painting
Yes, you can paint material with this paint and the finish is truly amazing and much cheaper than re-upholstering!


There really is so much that you can achieve with this amazing range of paints from Rust-Oleum, hopefully you’ll join me on Hochanda this Saturday where I’ll be taking you through each of these techniques and showing you my hints and tips!

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.

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