Reverse Garbage ‘Trash Amour’ Exhibition

Upcycled Furniture

Trash Amour Submission

I have these cool little bedside tables that I am re-invigorating with fabric and paint. I picked them up from Lifeline for next to nothing, they were sitting there in the dust, all sad, pining away. Now they are fabric fantastic and have friends the Coffee Can Twins. These are destined for the Reverse Garbage exhibition Trash Amour.

Trash Amour at Reverse Garbage
Opening night: Saturday February 18th 6pm – 9pm
Address: Reverse Emporium at Reverse Garbage
20 Burke St. Woolloongabba

Upcycling and Painting a Bedhead

I want a bedhead to match the bedsides I’m taking to the market. I find an old one in storage with legs that suit. I take it to the shed and start work. I really only need the legs, as they have the same turning as my bedsides. So I start pulling it apart. I am going to upholster it, so the spindles and the board in the centre are superfluous. I could leave them where they are but that would be a total waste! I will find a use for them another day, everything gets upcycled in our shed.

I paint the legs with Porters Milk Paint in Oyster White to match the bedsides. Then I stand back and wonder what is missing. I crack open the Porters Venetian Glaze and stipple it over the legs and bedsides. It imparts a beautiful antique gloss that exactly matches the satin upholstery fabric.

While I’m waiting for paint to dry. I start thinking what I can make with the pieces I took off the bedhead. The bedhead is sentimental to my mother as she painted it with her friend Marie who is no longer with us. By keeping these pieces and repurposing them, a disused piece of furniture still in great (and now perfect) condition, doesn’t lay idle in storage and mum gets to hold onto something precious to her.

When I am upcycling I don’t use more than I need to. One piece can become many if you use a bit of creativity.


Come back to see me finish the head board and turn the repurposed bits and pieces into something new.

upcycled bedhead designer furniture

Upholstered Bedhead

Solid timber Bedhead that has been painted with Milk paint and Venetian glaze and Upholstered. This item is for sale now, for pricing and information please contact me at Why not pick a matching set of bedsides and a gorgeous chair, see Dark Rose Mahogany

 upcycled bedhead designer furniture




upcycled furniture fabric covered bedside tables

Calender Fabric Bedsides

Fabric covered bedside tables in this FANTASTIC calender fabric, rose printed linen and lace. I would love to do a bedroom for someone with these and a toile upholstered bedhead and coordinating chair, please let me know if you are interested at! These bedside tables are currently for sale at Reverse Garbage for the Trash Amour exhibition.

fabric top bedside table

comic book decoupaged retro arm chair

Decoupaged Comic Chair

OOOH, this one was so much fun! It is decoupaged with comic books and painted with a thick varnish. The previously orange-with-age timber is now a resplendent honey colour. It was a commission for a friend and now takes pride of place in his bedroom.

If YOU you would like to commission your own decoupaged Functional Furniture Art, with your piece or mine, please contact me at

comic book decoupaged retro arm chair