After publishing my upcycling competition post last week, I thought I should share some inspiration in case you wanted to take part! So here is my tutorial for a DIY Metallic Desk Tidy, an easy project which can be made in an afternoon.
Using a rag and some white spirit, remove any grease from the metal tubing. My hardware store cut the tubing to the size I wanted and it only cost £3 for 3 pieces. Using the sandpaper, smooth the ends of the tubing to remove any rough edges.
Using the primer spray, add light coats on the tubing ensuring even coverage. This forms the base for your colour.
Using the metallic spray paint, build up light coats leaving to dry for 30 minutes in between. Plastikote is touch dry in 5 minutes, but I like to leave it longer between coats.
Decide which end of the tubing is the top and spray a little inside as this may be slightly visable when the desk tidy is constructed. Repeat the spray process for the cork trviet too. I only sprayed one side since the other is on the desk.
Decide on your arrangement of the tubes and glue each end to the cork trivet using E6000.
The ends of my desk tidy were still a little rough so I added some washi tape around the top edge.
Add your pencils and pens and it’s done!
If you fancy trying your hand at a hardware DIY, why not join in my upcyling competition here?! You can win £250 in Amazon vouchers.