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How to Upcycle a Mid-Century Sideboard with Rust-Oleum

Treated properly, charity shop furniture and sad looking hand-me-downs can look stunning – and often have far more character than any flat-pack affair. With a lick of Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint you can completely transform an item and tailor it to your taste.

Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint (now available at Dunelm) is perfect for upcycling projects, as this clever one-step paint requires no sanding, priming or topcoat.

The superior, silk-touch satin finish comes in two of Rust-Oleum’s most popular shades, which have been carefully curated to enhance contemporary interiors.

Here’s how we upcycled a vintage sideboard found in a British Heart Foundation charity shop for just £15, and turned it into a gorgeously modern mid-century, display unit.

The Rust-Oleum paint and wallpaper used in this make are available from Dunelm stores and online at

What you will need:

  • Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint
  • Self-adhesive wallpaper
  • Paint brush
  • Masking tape
  • Tape measure
  • Paint stirrer and paint tin opener
  • Paint roller and tray
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Cloth for cleaning


1. Clean the furniture thoroughly, remove handles and mask any areas you do not wish to paint with masking tape.

2. Take your can of Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint (we used the colour slate) and stir thoroughly.

3. Satin Finish Furniture Paint requires no sanding or priming on most surfaces, so you can get cracking straight away. Using a roller for large areas and a brush for harder to reach nooks and crannies, paint the unit and leave to fully dry. You may need up to three coats.

4. Measure the area you wish to cover with self-adhesive wallpaper and cut to size.

5. Apply your wallpaper, smoothing any bumps or bubbles with your hand as you go.

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