Don’t add to landfill, join the up-cycling revolution and become an up cycler, a reclaimer....whatever you want to call it.

Be sustainable and creative and transform the pieces you have in your space.

Or purchase used furniture from the Salvo’s or Ebay and create your own piece with your personal stamp on it.

You can save lots of money this way too, especially if you're on a tight budget.

I find transformations so much fun and this project is an easy DIY job that anybody can complete successfully.

Here is what I completed.

The Before and After


Here is my shopping list and the instructions included.


I used Jolie Paints on this project. Paint which is odor free and non hazardous with a beautiful colour range. Jolie paints     

Fine Sanding block - for sanding large flat areas

Fine Sanding flexible pads - to get sanding those corners and inward areas 

Large thick brush - for painting 

Round brush - for finishing wax  

Drop Sheets - to protect your flooring from any paint drops 

New cabinet handles as per needs basis. 

My shopping list total came to :

  • Paint for 1 x cabinet estimation of around $15 (full tub is $20.99)
  • Finishing wax $5 (full tub is $34.50)
  • Sanding Block $2
  • Sanding Flexible Pad $2
  • Drop sheet $1.50
  • Large paint brush $26.96
  • Round wax brush $12.99
  • Cabinet handles x 8 - $24.00

Total - $89.45 

I bought these items from Bunnings, except the Large Paint Brush (from Jolie) and the Jolie paint, I bought online at

Remember if you look after your brushes, by cleaning them after each use and storing them away properly, then you're saving on brushes for next time and thereafter.

9 DIY easy steps


  1. Before you open your paint, give it a good shake for about 30 seconds and then stir with a clean stick or paint stirrer to ensure the colour is even.
  2. Clean your piece of furniture with a damp cloth.
  3. Sand your surface in the direction of the wood grain
  4. Pour some of your Jolie paint into a separate mixing container and add a small amount of water (about 5-10%) or leave paint as is. PRO TIP: If your paint begins to dry while brushing an area, dip your bristles in a cup of water to dampen.
  5. Paint should flow nicely off your brush without being runny or drippy. Use a flat brush to apply long, smooth strokes of the diluted paint in the direction of the wood grain. Hold your brush at an angle and apply light pressure as you paint. Finish with continuous, even strokes from end to end to avoid start and stop brush marks. Allow paint to dry. Dry time usually takes about 20 minutes but varies based on climate and thickness of paint application.
  6. Use a fine Pad to remove any unwanted texture and wipe away sanding dust before proceeding with the next coat. Apply additional coats of paint in the same manner as the first until you have adequate coverage. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next. Do not sand the last coat of paint as it may cause the wax to be absorbed unevenly.
  7. Once the paint has dried, use your Rounded Brush to apply a small amount of Jolie Finishing Wax in Clear. Working in manageable sections of 30 - 40 cms at a time, use a gentle sweeping motion to work the Clear Finishing Wax into the paint. Work in the same direction as your paint brushstrokes. The Jolie Paint color will become slightly darker after the wax is applied. Proceed to step seven before waxing the next section
  8. Any surplus of wax should be wiped away using a lint-free cloth and applying medium pressure. As the cloth becomes saturated with wax, you will need to replace or move to a clean area of your cloth so that it will continue to absorb wax. Continue on to your next unwaxed section and repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have waxed the entire surface. FOR LARGE AREAS: After waxing and wiping individual sections, apply a very thin coat of Clear Finishing Wax from one side to the other and wipe the surface to even out the finish.
  9. The wax is dry when it no longer feels cool to the touch, usually within 1-2 hours. Lightly and evenly sand the surface using a fine sanding pad to further smooth the finish. Wipe away the dust with a damp cloth. Apply one final coat of Clear Finishing Wax and remove the excess, working from end to end. Leave the finish as is for a natural matte sheen, or allow the wax to dry for 1-2 hours before buffing with a soft, lint-free cloth for a more polished look. For surfaces that require more durability, apply at least two coats of clear finishing wax. Wait at least eight hours between coats. Jolie Finishing Wax will fully cure and harden in two weeks. During this time period, be gentle and take care when using your piece.
  • Please note - There are times when you can skip sanding furniture. However, before painting it, you might need to degloss it. If the piece you are painting has any sort of finish on it that is shiny, slick, glossy, semi-glossy, even satin, then you need to sand. A quick sand with some medium grit sandpaper will help the paint to adhere over very shiny and/or non-porous surfaces such as melamine and laminate. In these cases, apply a thin coat of Jolie Paint after sanding and allow it dry for 48 hours to give the paint time to begin the curing process and promote adhesion.

I do not recommend painting over teak, eucalyptus, shiny tile, or powder coated metal.

‘Jolie Paint is a water-based paint, which means that tannins and stains can “bleed” into the paint as it dries and create unsightly stains. This is most noticeable on open-grained woods such as oak and mahogany. If you see these discolouration's, simply wipe on a coat of fresh shellac (available at most home stores) to block the stains. Allow the shellac to dry, and then paint over it. We don’t advise sanding mahogany pieces prior to painting as this will allow the stain to more easily leach into the paint.’

RAW WOOD If the piece you are painting is made of raw, untreated wood, apply clear shellac to any knots or open grains to block bleed-through from tannins. After painting your first coat, you may need to sand your surface in order to achieve a smoother finish as the moisture from the paint may raise the grain of some types of woods.

STAINED WOOD The stains on some woods, such as cherry, mahogany, or an open-grained wood like oak, can bleed through the first coat of paint. If you notice any discolouration, apply two thin coats of shellac to your surface to protect the stain from peeking through. Allow shellac to dry fully before painting another coat. We do not recommend sanding mahogany before painting as its stains are especially likely to bleed through.

If you prefer a more rustic, textured or distressed finishes then go to following link to see the different techniques you can see the different techniques you can apply

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Please share any projects you’ve transformed, I’d love to see them and if you need a support buddy please let me know, if you live close by in Melbourne I am offering to help in exchange for coffee.

Claudia x



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