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Lola loves… Lace effect furniture

My crazily generous brother recently gave me a crazily large flat screen TV (ah, bro love!). It was that big I couldn’t squeeze it into the dedicated TV space. Hmm, what to do?

Is it me, or does the answer to everything seem to involve crafting?

TV unit post pimp-up

TV unit post pimp-up

I picked up this old unit for free – who can say no to a rejected orphan and a crafting project rolled into one? So, all this cost me was a few quid for grey wood paint, black spray paint and lace. Oh, how I love a bargain!

I was tempted to go bright with this piece (turquoise? Cerulean blue?) but knew it just wouldn’t work in our sitting room so I went for muted colours. I know I’ll soon be adding more colour with homemade cushions and a poufee!

Before

Before

After
After

It’s a bit dour but I do love this grey and I jazzed it up a bit with the lace effect detail, which to be honest, I can’t take credit for – I spotted the idea on A Beautiful Mess where you’ll find full instructions.

This project is time-consuming as you have to do it in stages – first sanding; then two coats of paint, plus drying time; then spray painting; plus a top coat (I’m into instant gratification so didn’t bother with that bit).  But, I love it, so it was worth it and the spray paint idea can also be used for smaller projects like decorating clothing, totes, notebooks etc.

The lace effect

The lace effect

Now I’ll just have to find some bright pretty things to put on the shelves. Oh, shame, I’ll have to do a spot of shopping!


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