I’ve been bitten by the upcycling bug…

Upcycling is an interest I’ve had for a while, though I have yet to attempt to upcycle anything. Mostly because even though my head is full of creative visions, the outcome of my attempts always seems to be lacking. My hands refuse to do what my mind tells them to do – as you will be aware if you’ve ever seen any of my crafting attempts with Molly.

As any parent will know, toys have a sneaky way of taking over the house. I have lived in my house for almost five years now and when I first moved in I thought the storage space was amazing. I wondered how I would possibly fill all the cupboards. How naïve! Have a baby – that’s how to fill cupboards. Storage space is now lacking and even the spare room has become a dumping ground.

I needed some sort of storage solution in my living room but there just wasn’t the space. With space lacking but storage desperately needed, the obvious solution was to buy a new TV stand/unit with cupboard space to store some toys. However, the prices of new and at least half way decent pieces of furniture, are verging on extortion.

It appeared now would be the perfect time to pursue my upcycling interest…

My sister has also been bitten by the upcycling bug; she too needs a storage solution for her daughters toys. So together, with her OH in tow, we set off on our mission to find something we liked for the right price.

I found a sideboard that I really liked the look of. I know it isn’t a TV unit but I thought it would more than suffice as one. It is solid oak and only cost me £55. I know. FIFTY FIVE POUNDS FOR A SOLID OAK SIDEBOARD! How could I not buy it?

Upcycling Solid Oak Sideboard

The sideboard has a large cupboard at the bottom where I can put some of Molly’s toys – exactly what need.

Upcycling Solid Oak Sideboard

The only problem is that I will have to put my Sky box and DVD player on top of the sideboard next to the TV. Unless, I can somehow take the drawers out and turn it into a shelf… We’ll see about that one though. It took me long enough to clean it, never mind redesign it.

My sister bought a solid oak wall unit for £75. Again, another absolute bargain!

Upcycling Solid Oak Wall Unit

The plan…

Both my sister and I plan to sand our pieces down slightly before painting them. My sister is buying new handles for her wall unit. I was going to buy new handles too but I think I will keep the original handles – but maybe change the colour.

Neither of us have ever attempted anything like this before so have no idea how each piece will end up looking. I hope I don’t ruin my sideboard by messing with it. It feels like sacrilege to change it, in a way. I’m not even sure what colour to paint it at the minute. Maybe I will just sand it and stain it. My sofa is brown so whatever I do it will have to go with that. Accessories can be changed but we are stuck with the sofa for the time being.

I would love to hear of your upcycling attempts and any tips you may have for upcycling wooden furniture.

Thank you in advance.


Sam x


You can also find me blogging at Serenely Sam



  1. Cassie 25/03/2017 at 11:34

    Best of luck. I love upcycling. Although I can’t think of anything I’ve actually done myself yet but the intention is there 😜

    1. stressymama 25/03/2017 at 14:46

      Haha. Thank you. X

  2. natalie 27/03/2017 at 07:06

    Oh lovely well done I am always amazed when I see people’s upcycling creations!! I am looking forward to seeing how you get on! #marvmondays

    1. stressymama 29/03/2017 at 15:11

      Thank you ☺

  3. Fran Back With A Bump 27/03/2017 at 08:09

    Ooh you’ll have to share these once you’ve upcycled them!! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays x

    1. stressymama 29/03/2017 at 15:12

      Will do! Thank you ☺

  4. Aleena Brown 27/03/2017 at 12:55

    Ooh, I love a good upcycle. You could definit y turn the middle drawer into a shelf, and I’d put little holes for wire in the back of the unit too to keep it all neat. I would just take the front off the drawer and put the sky box in the drawer, so it’s a shelf that pulls out too! #MarvMondays

    1. stressymama 29/03/2017 at 15:13

      Oooh I love your ideas. Thank you for the tips x

  5. The Tale of Mummyhood 28/03/2017 at 13:23

    I love seeing the end result of upcycling, I can’t wait to see how you get on! #TriumphantTales

    1. stressymama 29/03/2017 at 15:13

      Thank you x

  6. Ali 28/03/2017 at 13:41

    I love looking at other peoples upcycles, but I have never tried it myself as I am bit of a disaster when it comes to being creative lol. I hope the painting goes well.

    1. stressymama 29/03/2017 at 15:14

      I’m a bit of a disaster too. Fingers crossed it works out. Haha x

  7. MomOfTwoLittleGirls 28/03/2017 at 16:57

    Oh wow! I can’t wait to see how it comes out. oak wall unit is divine!

    1. stressymama 29/03/2017 at 15:15

      Thank you x

  8. Kelly | and Jacob makes three 28/03/2017 at 20:47

    Great idea! Can’t wait to see how it turns out #TriumphantTales

    1. stressymama 29/03/2017 at 15:16

      Thank you x

  9. Tracey 28/03/2017 at 21:10

    I had an upcycled wedding. My dress was made out of a pair of brocade curtains, our rings second hand but repolished and with a new hammered pattern, decorations for the evening do were made from old craft scrap too. #marvmondays

    1. stressymama 29/03/2017 at 15:16

      Omg that sounds amazing. How creative x

  10. Nige 28/03/2017 at 21:51

    I always intend to Up cycle something but just never get around to it great post #triulpanttales

    1. stressymama 29/03/2017 at 15:18

      Haha. I’m the same. I still haven’t touched the sideboard yet but my sister has almost finished her wall unit! 😂

  11. upasna 29/03/2017 at 08:28

    I so much love upcycling. I did it for small pieces. Hope you would love checking out mine- http://lifethroughmybioscope.com/category/diy/

    1. stressymama 29/03/2017 at 15:18

      Oooh I’ll have a look x

  12. upasna 29/03/2017 at 08:29

    Here through #familyfun

  13. Carly 29/03/2017 at 21:41

    Ah, what an exciting project! When I was pregnant with my Biggest 4 years ago I upcycled an old chest of drawers into a baby changing station, screwing some of the drawers onto the side of the unit for storage shelves. Upcycling is fab! Looking forward to seeing your wonderful results! #TriumphantTales

    1. stressymama 29/03/2017 at 22:10

      Wow that sounds amazing. I don’t think I’m quite as creative as that though. I am actually dreading seeing how my sideboard turns out because I am not very creative haha x

  14. Tammymum 29/03/2017 at 22:22

    Oh yes babies are a sure way to fill your cupboards, corners, floors etc storage is key. I am really excited about this project foryou. I am a bit like you, my mind says one thing but my hands do another and the outcomes don’t quite match! I’d love to see how you get on with these, sorry no real tips to offer as I haven’t upcycled before but I’d be keen to try. Thanks for sharing at #familyfun x

    1. stressymama 30/03/2017 at 08:01

      Haha thank you x

  15. Mrs H 31/03/2017 at 19:25

    This is so exciting. I’ve only done one upcycling project. But I loved the result. I can’t wait to see the sideboard once it is finished. I bet it will look amazing. Hugs Lucy xxxx #MarvMondays

    1. stressymama 07/04/2017 at 22:24

      Thank you x

  16. Mrs Mummy Harris 01/04/2017 at 11:51

    Thats a beautiful sideboard! and for that price you really cant go wrong! Have you thought of maybe cutting a hole in the back to feed the leads through?
    Thanks for joining us at #TriumphantTales

    1. stressymama 07/04/2017 at 22:26

      Oooh good point about the wires. Thank you x

  17. chickenruby 02/04/2017 at 22:18

    solid wood looks really good when it’s distressed. Basically, sand, paint, sand, paint, sand, paint etc until you’re happy with the look. #triumphanttales

    1. stressymama 07/04/2017 at 22:27

      I bet that would look really good. Thank you for the advice x

  18. Jaki 03/04/2017 at 15:03

    I am actually really looking forward to seeing how this turns out – please make sure you do a follow-up post! I always like the idea of doing this but I’m a bit of a chicken and I honestly wouldn’t know where to start! Best of luck with it! Thank you for linking up to #TriumphantTales, please do come back again tomorrow!

    1. stressymama 07/04/2017 at 22:29

      I’ve been a bit of a chicken myself and haven’t started it yet. I don’t want to ruin it. My sister has finished hers though so I need to pull my finger out. I will do a follow up. x

  19. Tubbs 24/04/2017 at 12:24

    I’ve never tried anything like this and wish you loads of luck! Look forward to seeing the finished results

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