I had been looking forward to this particular event ever since we featured it on our events list. That's right, I was at the Treemendus Upcycle Takeover as part of the Southside Fringe Festival.
The venue for our homage to old furniture was an old, unused coffee shop in Shawlands Arcade and this proved a fantastic space full of light for most to get their work done and done well.
On arrival I was greeted by Sophia from Treemendus who looked like she was ready to teach us all a lesson in how to make tatty old and unwanted furniture look better than shop-bought - not to mention high carbon footprint and brand new (boo, hiss) - and dreary mass produced items. I had purchased a rather curious looking lamp stand from ReUseIt for just £5 and was ready to turn it in to a masterpiece all ready for the time when we here at SGP get our very own office; or maybe just a shipping container with chairs and candles in it! Soon after this Shauna arrived with a spanner to help one of my fellow upcycle pupils remove some handles from a rather funky looking wee chest of drawers. Once these were off, the madness began!
I had to sand my unit down a bit and, being the only boy in the room, decided to go with a charcoal black chalk paint. Very clichéd but I thought it would be good and a little bit different from the norm. To go with this I picked the closest colours to ours here at SGP that I could. My before and after pictures are found within the montage below. Most of the fellow pupils chose light and neutral chalk pastel colours to compliment the old furniture. This was painted on in many coats and then sanded away to give a distressed look. The final round of treatment was a top wax coat which protected the paint and sealed the colour in.
So, after four hours of pastel chalk paints flying everywhere; amazing acoustic singing from outside; frantic hair-dryer usage; copious cups of juice and mini muffins; randomly appearing performers and a lot of rain outside we were done. Well, almost all of us. All but me had successfully finished their projects but I fear mine may have been a ploy to get to join the team again on their next upcycling with the masses. Truth is I just ran out of time as I had decided to be quite intricate with my design so the images show it not quite finished (in my defence). None the less I, and seemingly the rest of our hardy group, had a fantastic day out. I still say it was better than watching the football too!
Keep tuned to us here at SGP for an interview coming soon with the Treemendus team and for coverage of future events from them too. If you're unsure about what upcycling is then have a look on their facebook page and get along to one of their events. It's well worth it.