I absolutely love art and anything creative. I always have. Not only does it help my mental well being but my purse too.
When the idea of upcycling started to become more popular I jumped straight in and immediately got involved! I really do love it! Much to my husbands dismay I regularly have at least one project on the go.
I am always on the look out for things that I can bring back to life and give my own special touch too.
I can look at an old pallet and see a bookshelf – my husband doesn’t quite get it until i am finished but he humours me through the process and often helps me if I have taken on anything too big and need help sawing or drilling.
I have shared a few things I have uncycled on social media but I thought I would write a post where I can include all the pieces I have done recently and the before and after photos.
The first piece I did as a kind ‘mother – son’ project. It is a small bookcase made from an old pallet for my 4 year old sons bedroom. He has quite a collection of books and we love reading so I wanted to find something original for him to put them in. He loved getting involved with the sanding down and the painting and he loves to tell people that he made it himself.
It started life as an old pallet, I got my husband to saw it in half and my son and I did the rest over 2 afternoons. It has been in my sons bedroom for quite a few months now and is still going strong.
Next I have my T.V unit. This is a much smaller project from a few months ago but I just love the finished result. It started off life as a plain white Ikea cabinet but using decopatch I turned it into something much more original and a lot more me! It has stood the test of time well and still looks great today.
This next one is one is one of my favourites, it’s my sons wardrobe. I was given this large 3 door wardrobe for free by a family member who no longer wanted it. Immediately I knew I was going to upcycle this for my little boys dinosaur themed bedroom.
Again I got some help from my husband here as I got him to take off an entire section of the wardrobe making it a standard two door size instead. Then it was my turn to be let loose! Because the wood was quite dark it took quite a few coats of wood primer and chalk paint but it was worth it. I added the green to match the dinosaur theme and found these cute vintage doorknobs on the high street. I am so happy with the finished result, as is my son.
Next up was my sons wooden playhouse. This was another ‘together’ project over the summer for me and H. He just loved getting involved! We first primed it with two coats of outdoor wood primer and two coats of blue then white. I finished it off with the sweet little bunting, sign and flower spinner that I picked up cheaply from the high street again. I absolutely love the finished article.
Lastly, my most recent upcycling project is for baby number 2. It was an old cabinet that my mum no longer wanted and was throwing out but I jumped at the chance to upcycle this into a baby cabinet/changing unit for baby. I sweet talked my husband into buying, cutting and attaching a piece of mdf for the top then I sanded the entire unit down. I only primed the top of the unit as it was a little rougher and would be used a lot more. I then applied to coats of grey chalk paint all over and then added the white bits.
I applied two coats of vanish to the entire cabinet and decided to put in some old wrapping paper in the drawers and bottom of the cupboard. I did this as I didn’t want anything rubbing off onto babies clothes etc. I finished off with some more fab vintage knobs I bought online. I think this is probably my most favourite piece to date.
As you can see upcycling can be as big or small a project as you like. I just love how you can take something, old, damaged, boring, whatever and turn it into something original.
Watch this space, more to come …..
Love Amy x