DIY/Upcycle Your Accessories!

This week on the blog I thought it was I was well overdue on showing you guys a lil DIY, and I just so happened to work on one last week, so I thought I’d make a post about the process.

For this DIY, I used three items:

The Method:

  • Wipe your item clean from any dirt or dust, and make sure it is completely dry.
  • Paint your item with your desired colour of choice. I used black, but you can use any colour you like, even multiple colours and/or add designs.
  • Depending on the surface of the item, it’s surface may need to be primed or sanded.
  • Once your first layer is thoroughly dry, you may need to add a second layer of paint. Make sure the first coat is dry beforehand.
  • Once your paint is 100% dry (I recommend a couple of hours, or leave it overnight), it’s time to varnish your item.
  • I used a spray varnish in matt, but feel free to use a gloss, or even use a varnish in which you can paint it on. Again, please make sure your paint is completely dry before this step.
  • Once the varnish is dry, allow a couple of hours to dry before enjoying your brand new DIY/Upcycled accessory/item!

I’ve recently been going through a bit of a declutter of my room/workspace and trying to optimize how/what I use, and there were a few items I was on the verge of chucking out when inspiration hit. I’ve been loving the colour black (yes I know it’s technically not a colour) recently, so I decided instead of throwing those items out, I’d give them a lick of black paint. Here’s how they turned out:

My new matt black accessories

So as you can see I painted a large mug, a wooden phone holder and a feather-shaped trinket dish.

The large mug is one I got from Penneys (Primark) once upon a time ago, but it was one of the least used mugs in our cupboard because of it’s huge size, it just made it impractical. I decided its size would be best suited as a pen holder, but I wasn’t happy with the design on the cup so I painted it black.

(Please note that you can NOT paint mugs/cups/dishes if you intend to continue using them for food or drink. Unfortunately, the paint and varnish make them highly toxic.)

It was while I was painting the mug black that I got the brainwave to paint the phone holder black, as it was sitting on my desk where I was painting, and the feather trinket dish followed quickly after because I was on a role at this rate.

There you have it: a simple and easy DIY to make your old accessories or items look brand new, and just the way you want them to!

I hope you found this easy to follow and if you do attempt it yourself, please feel free to share and let us know how you got on!

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