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? The sideboard has a large cupboard at the bottom where I can put some of Molly’s toys – exactly what need. 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! 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 *UPDATE* You can also find me blogging at Serenely Sam