Luxecycling as a definition is this;
A process whereby vast value is added to an unwanted or pre-loved piece, by transforming it into a thing of great beauty and of a much higher quality.
We all know about shabby chic and the chalk paints, but this goes several steps further. Luxecycling means creating a truly one-off piece that has been exquisitely restored and reworked.
It’s important to maintain the integrity of your piece- repair broken runners etc, but by using this route, you are giving your furniture piece a new direction, one that should last for another 30 or 40 years.
How BOLD will you go?
Your home should really reflect who you are as a person, so use ideas that reflect your personality and interests.
Dare to go bold, with floral print, or geometric designs. Colour can be used sparingly or globally – the choice is really yours.
Charity shops, car boot sales, perfect places to find your piece. Look for quality – don’t buy anything that requires a lot of repair work, or is rotten.
Remember that things like watermarks can be sanded away, re-varnished or painted.
Choose Your Materials Well….
Chalk paints used badly can leave brush stroke marks, and not last. Instead, go for environmentally friendly acrylics or water-based eggshell. They have a much longer lifespan (than chalk) and have a more contemporary look. Finish with varnish to ensure longevity.
Think beyond paint – use wallpaper and/or fabrics as well. There really isn’t a limit – just go with your heart!
Take a Course…….
Not sure how to start? Don’t worry, help is at hand!
The formidable Zoe Pocock, the founder of mucknbrass, http://mucknbrass.com offers courses at her London based studio. The absolute queen of Luxecycling, this former nail technician can help you create your own pieces.
She has also created her own paint and wallpaper range, so all the tools are there for you to use.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – the beauty of this is you can just paint over them.
Happy Luxecycling everyone!