Re-Love Project 2015

Do you guys remember this makeover from last year?

Boring Bedsides Transformed into Flat File Drawers | The Painted Hive

Well, I’m super excited to announce I am once again taking part in the Feast Watson Re-Love Project!

For anyone unfamiliar with the campaign, the Re-Love Project is a charitable collaboration between Feast Watson and Salvos Stores. The project follows eight design personalities as they each up-cycle an item of furniture into a unique statement piece. Things culminate in all completed pieces being auctioned for charity via eBay from 8 Р17 July.  Awesome!

It’s BIGGER and BETTER than ever this year.

Also, slightly more daunting.

You see, after such a positive response to my make-over last year, I was feeling the pressure. I even considered declining. Of course, that would have been plain stupid and I’m soooo glad I didn’t! On top of that though, the calibre of the designers this year is crazy good. The likes of Mark Tuckey, Tara Dennis, Deb Bibby…just to name a few. Industry icons people – gulp! As flattering as it is being named among such awesomeness, it’s also a tad intimidating for little Kristine Franklin from The Painted Hive. That said, it’s equally exhilarating so I’m gonna focus on that!

For those who don’t know, Feast Watson specialise in premium wood finishes, so the furniture “re-loves” must center around just that; wood. This makes for a refreshing departure from paint, and provides a fun opportunity to get extra creative.

So, here’s my glorious starting point…

Feast Watson ReLove Project Before

A big melamine wardrobe I picked up for just $50 (replete with some of my fave pet hate furniture traits).

What, “melamine”? Didn’t you just say “wood”?

Yeah, but rest assured, I have a plan!

Rather than take on a sympathetic restoration, I want to experiment with a style of furniture I know is prevalent, affordable, and just plain meh, and completely turn it on its head! By doing so, I hope to inspire others to think a bit sideways and maybe even have a go at replicating my project (a complete tutorial will follow).

You with me?

Keep your fingers, and toes, crossed then. Who knows how this thing will end (hopefully not with me in the fetal position)!

Feast Watson Re-Love Project 2015

Click here¬†to find out more about the project, read up on all the other fab designers involved and see everyone’s ‘before’ shots!

You can also follow each designer’s journey by subscribing to their respective social channels or directly through Feast Watson on Instagram or Pinterest.

You can see my completed piece here.



Ooh, also, I’ve finally just started using my Instagram account. Things are a little lonesome there at the mo’ so please feel free to pop on over and follow along.

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  1. Katy says:

    Oh wow. That’s so awesome. Go you. Can’t wait to see what you do with that ugly duckling.

  2. Treagan says:

    So looking forward to this. Saw you were involved on Instagram and was blown away by the designers this year. You definitely deserve your spot!!!

  3. Cynthia says:

    I can’t wait to see the end result! I have complete confidence it will be clever and a knock-out! I’m LOUDLY cheering for you!!! :)

  4. Kelly says:

    I cannot wait to see what you come up with. What you managed last year was nothing short of amazing, I have complete faith this year will be even better. Good luck!

    • Gee, no pressure ;) Ha, ha.
      I don’t think I can top last year. That was just one of those rare projects that actually turned out better than imagined.
      I’m doing a bit of an experiment this year. Might end up being quite a polarisng piece. Fingers crossed at least one person likes it enough to bring in some decent cashola for the Salvos!

  5. Kate says:

    Hoiw exciting!!! Can’t wait to see what you do with it! :)

  6. Genie says:

    So intriguing. What are you going to do with that, to me, potential-less piece? I’m sure it will be like nothing we expect. Can’t believe all those big names – go girl!

  7. Debi says:

    wow …such an ugly duckling …so excited to see this revamp !

    • Stay tuned Debi. I’m planning something which could make it awesome. Or, maybe potentially worse! Argh. We’ll see – fingers crossed!

  8. Sandy says:

    We believe in you Kristine! I personally thought your last years makeover was the best as it was truly unrecognisable by the time you were through with it – amazing!! I’m sooo looking forward to seeing what you will come up with this year, particularly as every man and his dog seems to have an ugly melamine wardrobe that they have no idea how to pretty up. I love that along with your great ideas you have very clear how to explanations and pics. Yay you!

    • Thanks Sandy :)
      So glad you agree that generic melamine furniture is everywhere! That’s why I chose this piece. I think tackling a project based on someone else’s makeover is more motivating when you have the same basic starting block.

  9. Your last year’s project is my favorite furniture makeover. It was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to see what you are going to do with the wardrobe. Have fun and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the challenge.

    • Thanks Julia. Not even trying to compete with myself after last year. Way too much pressure there :) Going for something very different (for me).

  10. I cannot WAIT to see what you do with that piece! You really are one of my favorite furniture flippers ever. You’re totally at the level of those “industry icons”, Kristine. :) I followed you on Instagram, so hopefully the party is a little less quiet now.

  11. Carol says:

    Hi five girlfriend. Fantastic choice. How could anyone not be intrigued.

    • Kristine says:

      Thanks Carol. All will be revealed :-)

  12. Nikki Stretch says:

    Soooo looking forward to seeing how you will tackle this. There is such an abundance of awful chipped melamine furniture knocking around out there! I think most people tend to give up hope on such items… but often there are great ‘bones’ under the ugly facade.
    Hats off to you for going where few of us have gone before… :-)
    You’ll knock ’em dead I’m sure!

    • Thanks Nikki. I totally agree. Sadly, I think too much furniture like this probably ends up in land-fill for just that reason…it’s really hard to see any potential.
      Hopefully my project helps inspire at least a few people to look beyond those ugly facades.

  13. Julie says:

    How could we possibly forget last year’s amazing transformation. Looking forward to seeing what you do this year. We have the same cupboard sitting out in the shed so inspire me! :)

    • Oh yay. So glad people are relating to the piece I’ve chosen. That was my main motivation for having such a god awful starting point :) Here’s hoping I can help inspire Julie!

  14. it’s very nice, thanks… :)

  15. christine richardson says:

    I took a photo of your bedside tables from last year and showed every clever “doer-upper” I know. They were all as amazed and inspired as I was. You are so clever! Sooooooo much better than the poor relations that were featured on a popular television house show recently! Good luck with the melamine. I came up totally blank as to what you could do with them! I know they will be incredible!

    • Thanks Christine. Last year’s project was fun and it’s been incredibly rewarding hearing about (and seeing!) how it has inspired others.
      Hopefully I can do it again with this make-over though I’m planning on stepping out of my comfort zone and taking a bit of a risk style-wise. I’m hoping the general idea encourages others to put their own spin on it. Fingers crossed!

  16. Kaitlyn {freshandvintageliving} says:

    Gorgeous pieces you have created. I cannot wait to see the new piece make over!

    • Thanks Kaitlyn. Arghh, I don’t know why I always feel like saying that about this new makeover, though I just do! Doubting myself.

  17. Patti says:

    I love the character you give to your pieces! Great project ideas.

  18. Drew says:

    I have a desk that looks like the same material so I can’t wait to see what you did with it. It has a lot of potential. Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. I have somewhat the same wardrobe so I can’t wait to get caught up on your posts to see what you did with it :)

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