Re-Love Project 2017

It’s that time of year again!

Do you guys remember these furniture makeovers?

DIY Tiled Hex Wardrobe

Tribal Style Sideboard Makeover


Well, I’m super honoured to have been invited to take part in the Feast Watson Re-Love Project again for 2017!

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

Once more, there is a serious line-up of talent including Mark Tuckey, Aimee Tarulli, Gina Ciancio and the teams behind Dowel Jones and Norsu Interiors. Then there’s little ol’ me!

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

I’ve had a particular idea bubbling away on the back-burner for a few years now and thought this year’s Re-Love Project would be the perfect opportunity to bring it to life.

So, here’s my glorious starting point…

Re-Love Project Before

A five drawer laminate dresser. Yes, I know, there’s no timber in sight….yet!

I love using generic flat-pack furniture because it’s so accessible and affordable. It’s fantastic being able to demonstrate the potential in these unassuming pieces knowing many people already have similar items lying around – or can easily get their hands on something comparable.

This tallboy was just $30 from one of my local Salvos Stores. It was in ideal structural condition though the lovely “artwork” was turning people off (never allow yourself to be discouraged by the mere aesthetics of a piece people!). And strangely, it had no handles, just a make-shift masking tape pull on one drawer. Regardless, its shape and scale fitted my vision perfectly.

So, what do you think? Is it possible to make this laminated chipboard dresser a little bit awesome? I hope so!

Well, keep your fingers and toes crossed. Who knows how this thing will end!

Be sure to follow along with all the other amazing designers involved and keep up-to-date with the latest in everyone’s projects directly through Feast Watson’s Instagram account.


I’ll be sharing sneak peeks of my journey through my social accounts (find links in my sidebar) and will reveal the final “after” on my blog at the end of July!
The charity auctions will go live in mid August.

  1. Sarah B says:

    So exciting. I love this campaign and look forward to seeing what you do each year. I have no idea how you’re going to make those drawers look good though I know you will.

  2. Yammi says:

    They were all amazing makeover. SOme of the best ever. Can’t wait to see what you do this year.

  3. tricia says:

    I can’t wait to see what you create this year!

  4. Julie says:

    If anyone can turn this dud into a dream piece it’s you!!!
    I cannot wait to see what you come up with. You are an artist.

  5. Patricia says:

    Your first makeover above, is the one that made me aware of your blog in the first place! 😊 You have so many great posts and projects that I look forward to seeing what you do with this piece. I am sure you will have everyone out scrambling to find a piece at their local thrift shop to do their own makeover!

    • Ha, ha, it’s nice to think I might be able to help inspire some people. Thanks Patricia. That first makeover is one of my favourites too!

  6. Simone says:

    Oh, you shouldn’t play yourself down. All of your peieces have been stand-outs in previous years. Creative, original and well executed.

  7. Now this one is a real challenge!!

    • It’s at least nice to have something which doesn’t need any structural work!

  8. Deb from Maryland says:

    Yay – congrats on being a part of the Feast Watson Re-Love Project again this year! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for this project.

    • Thanks Deb. I’m planning somewhat of an experiment this year. Fingers crossed!

  9. Revital Mitchell says:

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with! You are an amazing , original and Talented! You have a vision for things most of us (my own observation) would think the object is too ‘gone’ to bring it back. These Re-Love projects are by far my favorites. Thank you for sharing . can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    • Aw, too sweet. Thanks so much. Just trying my best to be creative and help inspire :)

  10. Carolyn says:

    You certainly know how to turn trash into treasure! If I had such ugly looking cabinets to work on I wouldn’t know where to start!

  11. Your furniture creations, DIY and decorating ideas are all amazing. And budget friendly too! I look forward to seeing all of your creations.

  12. Kelly Mahan says:

    Wow, these before and after pics look unbelievable! I love how the result look. Thank you for sharing the project!

  13. Gah!! Kristine, you’re makeover is beyond amaaaazing! I love your idea of the drill press because it sure beats nailhead. (my fingers vouch for that.) ;)

    • Lol, yes, I’ve not done nailhead though I can imagine! So glad you like it Larissa :)

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