Re-Love Project…an up-cycling journey

If, when it comes to furniture, terms like ‘re-loved’ and ‘up-cycled’ get your heart a-pumping, then this just may be the creative crusade for you!

I make no secret of my passion for transforming the ‘drab’ into something a little more ‘fab’ (if I do say so myself :-), so when I was invited to participate in the Feast Watson Re-Love Project, after I stopped looking over my shoulder for this ‘designer’ they kept referring to, my response was a big fat “YES”! Not only was Feast Watson a brand I already used and loved, though the campaign also provided an opportunity to ‘give back’.

You see, more than mere product promotion, the Re-Love Project is actually a charitable collaboration between Feast Watson and Salvos Stores. The project follows eight designers (there’s that word again!) as they each transform a neglected item of furniture. Things culminate in all completed pieces being auctioned for charity – so fantastic!

Feast Watson Re-Love Project: Before | The Painted Hive

I picked up this pair of laminate bedside tables for just $25! Although they might look okay-ish, and are certainly structurally excellent, they actually have lots of cosmetic wear and, let’s face it, are just plain ‘meh’. I wanna take their current status from generic to unique – and hopefully demonstrate how anyone can do the same!

Being Feast Watson related, the refurbishment will have a focus on wood-care products.

Hang on. Hold up a second. Wood-care products? Didn’t you just state these are laminate bedside tables?

Oh yeah, you’ve got me there, and I do realise laminate is far from timber, though I have (crazy) plans to completely clad the tables in a similar-ish fashion to my hacked flat-pack. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? This may be more of a re-invention than a re-love!

Regardless, I do want to keep things as do-able as possible and am so excited about sharing this journey with you.

You can check out what the other seven talented designers are doing here.


Pssst….the before and after reveal of my parent’s refreshed bedroom should be coming up next week!


  1. Genie says:

    This sounds right up my alley. I love that you chose something so plain. These kind of tables can be picked up from so many places for really cheap though they are so ugly. It will be so inspiring to see what you do with them. I don’t have that kind of vision. I need to steal your ideas ;)

    • I’m so glad you said that Genie. I wanted to choose something that was really accessible and affordable. I want to show people how achievable creating a totally custom look (on a budget) can be.

  2. Katy says:

    Amazing Kristine. You deserve this recognition.
    Am looking forward to the “journey”!

  3. Treagan says:

    If this is going to be anything like your flat-pack hack I can’t wait to see it.
    I had a look at some of the other designers pieces. I bet yours will be the best. An exciting project.

  4. Carol says:

    Love what you do, can’t wait. Go Kristine Go Kristine.

  5. Kay says:

    Wonderful!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with on the Re-Love Project!!!
    Should be great!!!
    Kay and Will Lake

  6. Sandy says:

    Hey Kristine! Can’t wait….can’t wait…..CAN’T WAIT! To see what you all do with your individual pieces of furniture. Everyone has such different design concepts and items of furniture, I feel like a kid in a lolly shop! Busting to see what you’re going to do, it is all so inspirational. :D

    • Thanks so much Sandy. It’s definitely an awesome campaign . I’m just honoured and excited to be involved.

  7. emily says:

    wow! can’t wait to see what you do…you have such great taste, and always think outside the box…should be great!

  8. Pat Kichinko says:

    I cannot wait to see what you do with these! I looked on the website and am anxiously waiting for July 24th to see what everyone has done!!

  9. I cannot wait to see the magic that comes to life here! I loved your hacked flat pack and know there is going to be a very happy/lucky bidder out there who wins these bedsides in July/Aug’s charity auction!. Designer you most certainly are!. x :) Tina

    • Thanks Tina. I’m actually getting a bit nervous about how ambitious my vision for the bedsides is. I better cracking or they’ll be going to auction half dressed!

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