Renovation Sensation Project ♥

I was recently asked to take part in a really exciting competition ran by Direct Blinds called ‘Renovation Sensation‘. To enter, I needed to buy an item of furniture to restore or renovate into something special. All the finished items will then be judged by TV and magazine interior stylist Pippa Jameson, and the winner will receive a £300 voucher to spend at Not on the High Street. 


So one sunny weekend I head to an old antique shop near to Spalding with my boyfriend, they had some gorgeous antique jewellery and vintage furniture. I struggled to find something I could renovate before the closing date, so I decided to go with a few smaller items that I could upcycle into something more my style. So I found an old oak side table for £40, a wooden apple crate for £10, and a small wooden stool for £10. I then also stocked up on white paint, paintbrushes, sandpaper, and free wallpaper samples. 

Shabby Chic Side Table


This was the oak side table that I bought from the antique shop. It is a really solid wood with nice scrolled legs and a smooth top. I wasn’t sure what to do to renovate this item, but then as I was strolling through the wallpaper section in Wilko, I saw this gorgeous Parisian style patchwork wallpaper, so I took a small piece of the sample to use in the project! 
I decided to sand the table down so it was as smooth as possible (sanding the legs was hard!) and then I gave it a few coats of white paint. I then cut out a piece of the wallpaper to fit over the top of the table, and used wallpaper paste to stick it into place. I love the final look of this table, I think it’s such a lovely piece of furniture that’s been given a shabby chic make over and suits my style perfectly. It now takes pride of place in my bedroom and I’m very proud of it!

 Personalised Apple Crate

 I pretty much fell in love with my wooden crate that I was sent from Sanctuary Spa, so I decided to create another similar item using a very old apple crate. Unfortunately my Dad wouldn’t let me have it in the house as he says it had woodworm, so it’s now being used as a planter for the garden. This crate caught my eye as it had Spitalfields Market still stencilled on the side of the crate, and ‘deposit 4 shillings’.
So to give the crate a make over, I gave it one light coat of white paint. I decided not to give it any more coats of paint as I quite liked the distressed look. My Dad then kindly made up some vintage style stencil lettering from an old brass stencil set he had. He then spray painted my initials VJM onto the side of the crate, along with Est. 1990 (my year of birth). I love the fact the crate is now personalised!

Dressing Table Stool

 The final part of my project was this dressing table stool, or ‘table’ as some people might say it is! Even if it is a mini table.. I think it makes the perfect stool for my dressing table! A year since I finished creating my own dressing room, I finally have a stool to compliment the dressing table. This was a fairly simple upcycle, as I simply painted it white and then covered the top in another piece of wallpaper. The wallpaper is the same Laura Ashley paper used to cover the feature wall in my dressing room, so it matches perfectly!

I hope you liked this blog post.. I love doing a bit of DIY! Which item is your favourite?


Renovation Sensation Project ♥


  1. July 14, 2014 / 8:34 pm

    Love all these renovations – good luck, I hope you win! The crate is really cool that it's personalised and dressing table stool is really pretty. 🙂

  2. July 27, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Hi Victoria, I also entered this comp! It's nice to see all the creativity it generated. Love what you did

    Antonia x

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