Upcycling furniture: The experts have a go at restoration for a good cause

Tamzyn Adding has upcycled this sofa, which she calls Miss Eva Eternity. It is upholstered in Miss Lolo peacock velvet.
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Tamzyn Adding has upcycled this sofa, which she calls Miss Eva Eternity. It is upholstered in Miss Lolo peacock velvet.

Two Auckland designers are showing their skills in furniture restoration, and it's all in a good cause.

Tamzyn Adding of Miss Lolo and LeeAnn Yare of Collected have taken part in the Feast Watson Re-Love Project. This is an upcycling campaign where design personalities are invited to make over a piece of timber furniture, highlighting each designer's own unique style and creativity. The completed pieces will be auctioned on Trade Me in November with 100 per cent of the proceeds donated to Mercy Hospice.

​Tamzyn Adding's reupholstered sofa project is titled Miss Eva Eternity. The designer says her one-and-only vision in every piece of furniture she turns her hand to, is to make it the focal point of the room.

Before and after pix of the sofa and chest of drawers that were upcycled by Tamzyn Adding and LeeAnn Yare respectively.
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Before and after pix of the sofa and chest of drawers that were upcycled by Tamzyn Adding and LeeAnn Yare respectively.

“I never design a piece to blend in. I design them to scream, Look at me! And this is no exception.”

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The completed sofa is unrecognisable - in addition to the fabric and wood treatment, it features stud detailing along ...
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The completed sofa is unrecognisable - in addition to the fabric and wood treatment, it features stud detailing along the front of the base and armrests.

 

 

Tamzyn says she wanted the piece to be "loud, but to remain beautiful".

Using Miss Lolo’s favourite fabric, the peacock velvet, along with Feast Watson Black Japan Floor Finish in Satin and the Feast Watson glass finish ensured this piece of furniture looks beautiful and vibrant.

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LeeAnn Yare took on the challenge of restoring an old timber chest of drawers. She says taking the everyday ordinary and transforming it in to something extraordinary was the perfect inspiration. The drawers were given a burst of new life by pairing the softness of Dulux Ahipara Half with the revived natural tones of the original timber in a diamond pattern.

The timber was treated with Feast Watson Clear Varnish in Satin, and sophisticated new drawer pulls were added.

Feast Watson is a woodcare brand that has been running the Re-Love Project in Australia since 2013 before bringing it to New Zealand this year. And this year, Mercy Hospice, which provides a range of free specialist community palliative care and hospice services, is the charity that will benefit from the sale of the furniture.

Mercy Hospice Auckland fundraising leader Sandy McGregor says, “We are thrilled to have been chosen as the beneficiary charity of the Feast Watson Re-Love project. The whole idea of upcycling a second hand item, and for someone new to use and love, fits perfectly with our Hospice Shop philosophy.

"To continue our vital work we need to fundraise $3 million each year, and we rely on the generosity of our community. Without organisations like Feast Watson that freely give their time, money and resources, we could not do the work we do.”

 - Stuff

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