Upcycling with Gumtree

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!

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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….

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Before any fun could commence, sanding was essential, although my least favourite part, its the most important if you want your paint to stick.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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7 Comments

  1. 24th September 2016 / 10:08 am

    Helen you have amazing taste!
    I absolutely adore the storage unit with the tiles.
    This makes me all the more excited to get my own place, I just love decorating!

    Lucy x
    http://luceferous.com

  2. 25th September 2016 / 11:10 am

    You know, when I first saw you start in on that white side board in a vlog, I was seriously thinking, “Nooooo, don’t do it; it’s so pretty.” Yeah, it’s prettier now. A lot prettier.
    You’re hella good at this upcycling thing. Almost as good as you are at hair dying ;).

  3. 25th September 2016 / 2:13 pm

    love the yellow on your sideboard!

  4. 25th September 2016 / 9:18 pm

    I watched this video the other day and i fell in love with that chair! It’s so pretty i want one with flowers wrapped around the top :(

    poppyrkay.blogspot.co.uk

  5. 28th September 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Oh gosh this is so inspiring! We’re moving house soon and will probably end up up-cycling some furniture pieces. I particularly love how you’ve done the big grey dresser. Thankyou for sharing! x
    http://www.elliswoolley.blogspot.com

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