Re-Love Project 2016

It’s that time of year again!

Do you guys remember these furniture makeovers?

Flat File Drawer Hack

Honeycomb Armoire


Well, I’m super honoured to have been invited to take part in the Feast Watson Re-Love Project again for 2016!

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

Once more, there is a serious line-up of talent including the likes of Mark Tuckey (for a second year) and the teams behind Kip & Co and Norsu Interiors…just to name a few.

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 plain old paint, and provides a fun opportunity to get extra creative.

So, here’s my glorious starting point…

Re-Love Project Before

Don’t ask me what I was thinking.

I took a bit of a risk buying this big retro buffet “sight unseen” for just $5. Yep, $5!

Turns out my risk wasn’t particularly well calculated! Or perhaps it was just a little rose-tinted.

You see, I already had a plan in mind for what I wanted to do for this year’s project (it’s something a little more conventional than my previous refurbs), and this buffet seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

Only thing is, it has one or two more, er, ‘flaws’ than I initially imagined.

That’s okay though. In fact, it’s kind of exciting. I have a thinking cap and a decent pair of hands I plan to put to good use.

You with me?

Keep your fingers, and toes, crossed then. Who knows how this thing will end!

2016 Re-Love Project Designers

Be sure to follow along with all the other amazing designers involved!

The Design Hunter | Simone Barter | Norsu Interiors
Aimee Tarulli
 | Mark TuckeyKip & Co

You can also keep up-to-date with the latest in everyone’s projects directly through Feast Watson’s accounts on Instagram or Pinterest.


  1. chris aka monkey says:

    if it turns out half as good as last years gorgeous project it will be awesome xx

    • Thanks Chris. I’m going for something a little “simpler” this year ;)

  2. Deb from Maryland says:

    Can’t wait too see what you have in store for this piece!

  3. I LOVE both your past projects – can’t wait to see how this one turns out!

  4. Lorraine says:

    So exciting. I love the design of your piece though it looks like it needs a lot of re-love. Can not wait to see what you do.

  5. Grettle says:

    Oh yea. Looking forward to seeing what you do. I’m sure it will be amazing as always.

  6. Anna, Sydney says:

    I had a look at all the other participants from previous years. It’s hilarious, they’re all “pros” and you’re a SAHM and they’ve got NOTHING on your contributions! So proud of you.

    And btw, it’s solely your fault that I’m now trawling the interwebs for a piano stool for a side table, cheers. ;)

    • Ha, ha, I hope you find a piano stool soon.
      Thanks Anna.

      • Anna, Sydney says:

        I did get myself a piano stool but the price I paid I will take to the grave… :) But what was I going to do after having seen your styling around yours?! Couldn’t help it.

        Any updates on this re-love project? Can’t wait to see what you do with the buffet.

        • Ah, yes, the Re-Love Project! I’m not allowed to share too much until the auctions go live – which isn’t until August – though there will be a few sneak peeks coming up! I love that the Re-Love Project gives me a perfect excuse to try different products, techniques and styles, which is exactly what I’ve done with the sideboard. It’s evolving into a pretty full-on statement piece and is a departure from my usual farmhouse-y aesthetic.

          • Anna, Sydney says:

            August! Arrrrgh! The suspense is killing me! :) Keep up the good work, love your projects.

  7. Nikki Stretch says:

    Can’t wait to see what you do with this Kristine. I see you might have to learn a few more more carpentry skills for the repairs needed… but there’s nothing like a challenge to find out how much you are capable of!! It looks like there is plenty of solid wood in the drawer frames… but what are the doors made of?
    Best of luck
    Nikki :)

    • Oh, Nikki. It’s a sad state of affairs! The drawer fronts and doors are all faux wood laminated chipboard (which I didn’t know when I bought it) and the top and sides are super-thin laminated masonite! On top of that none of the remaining three drawers close properly or run AT ALL! I didn’t want to have to take this thing back to the frame though that might be what has to happen. Regardless, the frame is solid pine/tassie oak and in good condition so there shouldn’t be any need for any structural work or joinery (as I had planned from the start to ditch the drawers and use four full-height doors). It should just be re-facing – I hope!

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  10. liz says:

    I just looked at years past on Feast Watson and your work blew the others out of the water! Very curious what you have planned for this year.

    • Thanks Liz. I’m doing something a little more conventional this year though if it turns out like I envision it should be pretty awesome (if I do say so myself – LOL)!

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