Interior tips: A color expert explains how to update furniture the budget-friendly way


Channel 4’s new dressing room series has inspired Britons across the country to start decorating their homes. The return of the iconic series last year saw paint brand Dulux team up with the show to inspire not just decorators on the show, but home DIYers too. In the show’s latest episode, the team tackled a wardrobe recycling project, turning an old wardrobe into a stunning storage space.

The wardrobe had lines painted on it to create an asymmetrical diagonal pattern in eggshell and pale pink.

Dulux creative director Marianne Shillingford said upcycling furniture is key to giving the space an instant refresh.

She said: ‘When our cupboards and drawers look tired and haggard, it can be very tempting to just get rid of them – but there’s nothing more rewarding than falling in love with furniture all over again thanks to your own work.

“Upcycling has really taken off since sustainable shopping has become a bigger part of our collective consciousness, so not only is brightening up your existing furniture a fun and creative way to spend a day, but it’s also beneficial for our planet.”

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“Apply a coat of primer, spreading it evenly throughout the wardrobe and making sure to paint over the masking tape for a clean, crisp line.

“Use a roller for larger areas. Use a brush for the corners and around the handles.

Once the primer has dried, follow with Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood paint in a darker shade using the same technique as the primer. Marianne used the “Raspberry Diva” paint color.

Use the roller for most of the surface and a paintbrush for fine lines and crevices.

Remove the masking tape before it’s completely dry, because that’s when the tape is most flexible and won’t pull paint.

Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood means homeowners can paint two coats a day.

Water-based paint is also more environmentally friendly because the brushes can be washed in water.


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