Upcycling is is proving a popular alternative to furnish you house, as oppose to buying brand new. I was challenged by Gumtree to furnish a room with only upcycled furniture, purchased using the website. If you are not already familiar with Gumtree, it is a free advertising website, which you can get pretty much anything you want!
My hallway was the room/ rooms in question, it was an odd shape and pretty bare, I wanted to bring purpose to the space. I was looking for two very different styled side boards, one of which would be used for storage, the other mainly just for show. I had also wanted a peacock chair for a long time, and so it happened there was one local.
This is how the transformation went….
The is was the piece that needed most attention, unsure of the slightly gothic and tudor styling going on here , I saw that it had potential to be a great storage solution.
The mahogany sideboard, although already beautiful, I felt needed livening up, and as it will be going in what will be my tropical wallpapered hallway, I wanted it to fit in with its new surroundings.
First up, all handles, hinges and any metal on the exterior needed to be removed for either disposal or for sprucing up and also to make paining a lot easier. I also spray painted what I was keep extra black.
Before any fun could commence, sanding was essential, although my least favourite part, its the most important if you want your paint to stick.
First coat of paint would have to be a primer/ undercoat, this again makes the surface rough for paint to stick to, but also is a great base for any bright or pastel colours that you may want to paint over darker woods.
Here you can see my finished result on the big sideboard. I removed the hideous glass doors to open up for a book case and to show off any trinkets, candles and plants. I changed the doorknobs to something more simple, but decided to keep the hinges. I used a chalk paint in grey for the exterior and a black for the top, topped in a gloss to add a little contrast.
My tropical sideboard! Although we haven’t yet wallpapered, I love how this is going to stand out. With a high gloss yellow top and a contrasting freshened up black matte base, I’ve turned it into a statement piece.
And before we forget, here is the peacock chair. I added some faux flowers around the top which I bought from hobby craft and added a round pillow for comfort.
Although this task was slightly harder than I anticipated and required a lot of patience (something I lack) I couldn’t help but love doing it. If I had more space in my house for even more furniture its something I would definitely do again. There’s that or do it as a hobby to then sell on again! Thanks Gumtree for putting me up to the task.
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