I love creating bespoke things for our family home. We have been gifted many second-hand items or have thrifted them from charity shops, Gumtree and Freegle. I love hunting down a bargain or freebie and upcycling it into something unique.
This chest came to us in good condition via Freegle, but plain blue and covered in stickers. I sanded it down last year, painted it brown with left-over paint. Bought a couple of belts from the charity shop and a bag of cheap tacks off Ebay. I simply positioned the belts where I wanted them, hammered in the tacks and cut the belts where the chest opening was. I now LOVE it and the chest has pride of place in the living room as toy storage.
This cute old fashioned school desk was another Freegle item, which I painted with left-over paint for my son to use. He loves sitting at it, although currently I put a big basket of washing on it to stop the toddler opening it, banging the lid and trapping his fingers!
This shelf was not a Freegle item, but a pallet that our neighbour had their gravel delivered on. My husband pulled it all apart, I spent hours sanding (I won’t lie, it took a lot of sanding!) and then we cut one piece into two short side sections and screwed it altogether. This was free and quite possibly my favourite upcycled item we own.
My grandpa died last year and one of the items we inherited from him is this lovely telephone table. It reminds me of him and whenever I walk past. Originally it was a dark mahogany colour, but it didn’t suit our style. So I painted it with chalk paint and stencilled a tree design on with yellow chalk paint and then waxed all over. I also recovered the cushion (with no pattern might I add, I was very proud of how it turned it out!). Now we have a statement piece in the hallway (just need to sort the walls and the rest of the hallway!)
Do you like to upcycle too?