Blogs 20 May,2019
Upcycled Sideboard | How to Turn Trash into Treasure
Why should you buy new furniture when you can easily customise and upcycle your old furniture items? The idea of upcycling is much easier, creative and thrifty than you may think. Not every out-dated furniture item should end up on a heap of scrap especially when you can turn it into something amazing. Why don’t we start with a simple sideboard? Let me tell you that after you are finished, your upcycled sideboard may still have the elements from its previous life but it will definitely be brought to life with a vintage-modern vibe.
Are you interested in this project but don’t have a sideboard? Just head to your local antique furniture shop and get a hold of one.
Why Should You Upcycle?
It is probably the best thing to do if you are on a tight budget. It is also a wonderful way of extending the life of your antique furniture. Furthermore, taking on these kinds of projects may prove to be rewarding and fun.
Why Should You Be Creative?
Choosing an item to upcycle is one thing but applying your creativity to turn it into something sensational is the most exciting part. So, it is important for you to broaden your horizons while you are choosing a piece of furniture for upcycling.
Think specifically about how you want that piece to look after you are done with it.
No matter what type of project you are taking on, you will have to let your imagination run wild.
Remember, the most important thing for you is to feel confident. Only then you will be able to muster up the courage to bring your own ideas to life.
What Techniques Can You Use?
The tools and techniques you are going to need actually depend on the type of project you are taking on. However, in the next section, I’ll outline some of the ways that will give you an idea as to how to upcycle furniture with sideboard.
Supplies Required to Make a Beautiful Upcycled Sideboard
First of all, let me just tell you that I’m very excited that I’ve finally got an opportunity to share this amazing project with you.
I really hope that this idea will not only inspire you to upcycle your sideboard but also take on other similar projects. Some of the supplies you may need include:
- Nail Gun
- Measuring Tape
- House Strap Hinges
- Blades & Jig Saw
- Wood Boards
- Kreg Jig
- Spray Grip and Spray Paint
- Dust Sheet
The Upcycling Process
Do you know how to upcycle a sideboard? If you don’t then you have come to the right place. Actually, all you need is a little push. The following steps will help you to give your sideboard a stylish look.
Prepare the Sideboard
Make sure that your chosen sideboard is free of dirt and dust. Remove the old knobs and flaked or loose pieces of varnish and wood.
Give it a good sanding. It will allow the paint to stick to the sideboard’s surface. Oh, I almost forgot, make sure that you check your sideboard for woodworm.
Choose Your Colours
You can choose more than one colour if you like. There really are no rules here. However, if you are going for multiple colours then it is important to ensure that those colours complement one another.
It will be easier for you to paint your sideboard if you undercoat it. Scuffing occurs naturally on edges and corners to make sure that you cover them first.
This may take a while but it will protect your sideboard from deteriorating elements.
Keep applying coats until you get the desired result. 2 to 3 coats are normally enough.
Let the Paint Dry between Coats
A coat of paint usually takes about twenty minutes to dry. You might wanna take a tea break at this particular point.
You may use a hairdryer if you are in a hurry.
Use a lint-free cloth to apply a single coat of wax on the sideboard. The wax protects the freshly coated paint by sealing it.
Attach New Knobs
You can now start attaching the new knobs. The best thing about an upcycled sideboard is that you don’t have to drill in new holes.
All you have to do is just pop the new knobs into the old holes and screw them in.
Where’s the Sandpaper?
This is probably the most difficult part. Get hold of your sandpaper and start rubbing it gently on your sideboard’s surface; this will help reveal the colour.
Well, there you have it. Your upcycled sideboard is as good as new and ready for use.
The best thing about learning how to upcycle your old sideboard is that you will notice the difference it has on your home immediately. It will improve your homes aesthetic.
In this section, I’ll suggest a couple of more upcycling ideas for your sideboard. You’ll love these ideas particularly if you are not a fan of painting.
This particular upcycling idea is a bit difficult to implement. Therefore, I would only suggest a true artisan take it on.
Merging two different pieces of furniture to make one sideboard would definitely take some expert designing and carpentry skills.
You may choose to combine a desk cabinet with a dresser, an armchair with an ottoman or even a coffee table with a cabinet.
Combining a couple of above-mentioned items will give you a versatile sideboard.
Crafting a stylish hybrid out of two tedious pieces of furniture is truly an exciting way of exploiting your creativity.
Wallpaper Covered Sideboard
Your worn-out sideboard can also be enhanced with style and colour if you choose to upholster it with unique wallpapers.
You’ll find many fancy types of wallpaper out there in the market. Make sure that you choose the ones that complement your furniture.
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