Create our Art Deco-inspired sideboard

Want a bit of Gatsby glam in your home? Try upcycling your tired furniture with our handy step-by-step guide…


Breathe some life back into your furniture with help from Nicky Cash of Done up North! We've teamed up with Nicky to bring you a simple guide to revamping your furniture and turning worn-out items into fabulous 1920s-inspired statement pieces.


Blush Art Deco Sideboard


- 180 grit sandpaper

- Coal Black paint

- paintbrush

- tack cloth

- tape measure

- chalk

- FrogTape Delicate Surface Painter’s Masking Tape

- Blush Pink paint

- ruler

- craft knife

- Gold paint

- clear water-based topcoat paint



1) Prep the piece ready to paint by cleaning thoroughly first.

2) Scuff sand the whole piece in the direction of the grain to dull the shine from old finishes.

3) Paint the whole piece with 2-3 coats of your base colour. We used Coal Black. For a lovely, smooth finish use a fine sanding pad to sand the paint lightly between coats and wipe away the dust with a Tack cloth before painting the next.

4) Plan out your design. The best way is to photograph, print and draw over the top to ensure the design will definitely fit.

5) Use a tape measure to find the central point of the top and bottom of the piece and the left and right sides. Mark the four points with chalk. Use FrogTape Delicate Surface Painter’s Masking Tape to mask out a diamond linking up each point diagonally. Make sure to rub the tape down well to get a good seal – it goes more opaque as you do. The Delicate surface tape is more gentle to painted surfaces.

6) Paint in the outside of the diamond shape with your second colour, we used Blush Pink. Add 1 to 2 coats more until the full colour is reached.

7) Remove the tape slowly and steadily, pulling back on itself. 

8) Mask out angled lines from the same top and bottom points inside the diamond but meeting a little further inside on the left and right to create the gold inset shape. Carefully cut away the excess tape with a ruler and a craft knife where the tapes cross at the sides on the to make a neat point. 

9) Paint the new shape with 2 to 3 coats of your third colour, we used a metallic gold-effect paint.

10) When the paint is dry, seal the whole piece with two coats of a clear water-based topcoat.


Project courtesy of FrogTape

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