Draughts game table – progression photos

Hi everyone! My latest UnicornPostbox blog post is progression photos of a draughts game table. Hope you like it! 😊

I started off by orbital sanding and measuring the table, as to know accurately where the squares would be later glued evenly. 64 squares in total that my mentor Dave cut, to which I hand sanded – I painted half black and half white. I wood stained the brim of the table and underneath and used a black metal paint for the stand. The next stage was one by one gluing the 4cm by 4cm squares on the table using wood glue. To finish, I sprayed some furniture lacquer to seal.

I am super proud of this project, I think it’s the best one I’ve done so far to be honest, not to blow my own trumpet like, haha 🤣

The draughts table is not for sale but to be used by children and adults to play draughts/chess upstairs in the charity cafe 🙂

My next project for the Children’s Air Ambulance is going to be a duck egg painted table with blue sky sparkly wallpaper. Originally it was a gold table nobody was keen on, then we bodged up putting an atlas map on it (went bubbly, not smooth) so third time lucky hopefully 🤞🤞

Thank you as ever for taking the time to read/view my latest UnicornPostbox blog post, very much appreciated.

Thank you, Lauren xx

© 2022 Lauren Parr/ https://unicornpostbox.com

Rustic wooden coffee table, 20 progression photos

Hi everyone! My latest blog post is 20 progression photos of a rustic wooden coffee table. Hope you enjoy! Thank you very much…

This project has been the bane of my life for the last few weeks, haha! It was the table that didn’t want to be sanded… I had my small mouse sander, my orbital sander, ordinary sandpaper, clean spirit, metal scraper and paint stripper on it! The problem was it had a few layers of paint to strip, a white and a blue underneath. Once all the paint was stripped, I sugar soaped and wood stained. It took forever and a day to finish however I’m really happy with the finished result. There was a few things that could of been avoided. For example, I used my orbital sander on its edge and it dinted a hole in the wood a couple of times. Maybe, if it wasn’t for these imperfections, it could be sold for a higher profit. But to say I’m learning, I think it’s turned out pretty decent and I like the rustic effect, what do you think?

My next volunteering project for the Children’s Air Ambulance is a blue painted rocking chair that’s almost finished and I am going to a ‘pub painting’ evening art class with my friend on Thursday. We’re being taught how to paint a colourful highland cow. So please, keep a look out for more blog posts coming very soon…

Thank you as always for taking the time to read/view my blog… and I would just like to say, with the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth the second, may she forever rest in peace…

Many thanks, Lauren xx

© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Upcycled cafe table – 22 progression photos

Hi everyone, I’ve been a busy bee upcycling again for the Children’s Air Ambulance! My latest blog post is 22 progression photos of a rustic café table, hope you like!

I started off with a quick sand and sugar soap cleanse. Then, I used a spray primer for the leg and foot of the table, before spray painting silver. Next, wood staining the table… Well, it went a little wrong! I didn’t sand the table sufficiently and subsequently it went a tad blotchy and darker in some areas. I ended up having to start all over, scrape and sand thoroughly. I switched from a roller brush to a cloth for more even distribution. The finished result is more desirable, a rustic antique pine, only requiring a polyurethane varnish to strongly seal.

This isn’t my most impressive piece in my personal opinion. It was a bit of a chore and required some elbow grease to scrape/sand. I was happy when it was finished to be perfectly honest, haha.. Well, at least it was a learning curve.

Up next, upholstery! Yes, my very first go at upholstering a chair! Look out for it.

Many thanks, Lauren xx

© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Upcycled storage box / ottoman – progression photos

Hi again fellow followers! My latest blog post is progression photos of a upcycled storage box / ottoman. This is the one I’m most pleased with, hope you like it too! 🙂

I started off the project by giving the box a good clean with sugar soap, and a thorough sanding with my black and decker mouse sander. I then applied a primer and undercoat which dried in a couple of hours; a huge improvement from before with the shabby chic bedside cabinet – 16 to 24 hours that one took! I then applied a little bit gloopy (unfortunately a few years old) furniture paint in a clotted cream colour. Next I decoupaged the front and back of the box with a gorgeous sort of marble effect silver wallpaper my friend kindly donated. Afterwards, I used furniture wax to seal the clotted cream paint, and satin varnished the decoupage. To finish, I wood stained the top with antique pine wood stain, and painted the hinges black. And here it is completed…

This is my favourite upcycling project so far. I think it looks quite classy with the decoupage, and is unique; hopefully it’ll raise a lot of money for the Children’s Air Ambulance once it’s sold 🙂

I’m not sure what my next project will be, I’ll keep you in suspense, ha! I’m not volunteering today, having a chill out day for my birthday, 31 today, hooray! It snowed this morning… almost like a white Christmas 🤶🎄🤶🎄

Thank you so much for taking the time to read, appreciated.

Many thanks, Lauren xx

© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com