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Upcycling furniture


In today’s modern throw away culture, in the U.K. alone, approximately 42% of waste to landfill is old furniture (BBC, 2015).  Most of this furniture still has a long life in it and is usually thrown away due to it being dated or not in trend. 
Here at Vintro HQ we have an obsession with old and ugly furniture.  We love seeing how our Vintro Chalk Paint can transform it into something more up-to-date, why be brown when you can be “Olivia” or “Christabelle”?! 
Although we did find it amusing when our stockists requested we provided them with a brown coloured chalk paint by way of “Chocolate” as we never thought we would see the day that brown furniture would be painted brown, however, we have to say that our “Chocolate” goes exceedingly well with our “Duck Egg Blue”!


We find that older pieces of furniture are usually better made and, hey, if they have lasted 20, 50 or a 100 years, there is no reason why they won’t last a bit longer.
However, we are not saying that there isn’t a place for Ikea or other new furniture, in fact our Vintro Chalk Paint can totally change your Ikea piece into something unique.  There is a variety of places you can access unloved old furniture, try starting with relatives - don’t turn your nose up at that old nest of tables your Nan insists she wants you to have – relatives and friends will always have something they are throwing away.  Failing that second-hand shops, flea markets, auction houses, charity shops – you could even find out where your local council or gets rid of useable furniture.  Many charities have warehouses of old used furniture that they open to the public once a week.


Upcycling is really easy to do and once you start it will become your obsession.  You will paint one thing, find you have paint left (did I forget to say that Vintro Chalk Paint goes a very long way) and move onto another piece.  Soon your whole house will be painted inside and out!  Painting with Vintro Chalk Paint requires minimal time and to be honest, minimal skill, the hardest part is deciding what look to go for and which of our amazing 45 colours you are going to pick from and what finish you want to achieve.  You don’t even have to limit yourself to furniture, Vintro Chalk Paint will paint on your walls - although we do have an amazing wall paint called Vintro Supreme™ which is produced in the same colours as Vintro Chalk Paint – ornaments, vases, picture frames, glass, plastic, metal, material, fridges, kitchens, tiles – in fact virtually anything you can think of.  Vintro Chalk Paint doesn’t take long to dry, so you could complete your project in less than a day.  

  
So, grab your brush, grab your favourite colour and create something special. There is no right way or wrong way to paint, if you make a mistake or don't like it, you can simply paint over it and do it again.



How To's


Here you can find information on a variety of useful and interesting things. From the basics of what is in the tin, through to painting furniture, walls, and even kitchens.
upcycling-furniture
Upcycling furnitureIn today’s modern throw away culture, in the U.K. alone, approximately 42% of waste to landfill is old furniture (BBC, 2015).  Most of this furniture still has a long life in it and is usually thrown away due to it being dated or not in trend.  Here at Vintro HQ we have an obsession with old and ugly...View full article
hints-tips
Hints & TipsThis guide is full of useful tips to help you tackle your first Vintro Chalk Paint® project. Vintro Chalk Paint is very forgiving and is really easy to use.  At HQ we use Vintro Chalk Paint on everything from glass, ornaments, fabrics and leather to large furniture makeovers.    Is Vintro Chalk Paint...View full article
the-beginner-s-guide-to-applying-wax
The beginner's guide to applying wax1. Ensure you are working in a ventilated area.  2. You can either use a lint free cloth (an old clean cotton bed sheet, a tee-shirt or rag) or a clean paintbrush. 3. Start by applying a thin coat of wax, Vintro Wax is soft and buttery and spreads easily.  Rub into the surface of your furniture working...View full article
the-beginner-s-guide-to-distressing-furniture
The beginner's guide to distressing...1. Once you have painted your furniture with Vintro Chalk Paint® and it has dried, you are ready give it a distressed look.  You can achieve the distressed look either before you wax or after, however, if you are wishing to distress an item that is to be lacquered, we recommend you do this before...View full article
the-beginner-s-guide-to-using-vintro-chalk-paint
The beginner's guide to using Vintro Chalk...1. There is no prep needed for Vintro Chalk Paint®, however, we recommend that any surface for painting is clean and dry.  If painting a wall, remove dust and any flaking paint/paper.  We recommend using a sugar soap solution on furniture to clean any dust or grease off the surfaces.  Mask off surfaces...View full article
what-is-in-the-tin
What is in the tinCarefully remove the clips and gently prise off the lid. Our paint has a unique formula which makes it very thick, this it what gives the exceptional coverage, a quick stir loosens up the paint and makes it more fluid. Depending on the style of painting you are doing, you can add a drop of water to get...View full article
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