Upcycling is a great way to breathe life into a piece of furniture, and it’s amazing how a simple once over and a bit of TLC can completely transform a product. Here Our Foxglove has shared an insight into how she upcycled an old cabinet into a sleek staple for her bathroom.
The thought of updating your bathroom can often be scary, after all, it’s something that can be extremely costly. But it doesn’t have to be.
Even though we bought a new build and love the fact that everything is brand new, we also enjoy searching for old furniture and vintage pieces to give them a new lease of life and incorporate them into our home. It really helps balance the feel of each room, and for me, it helps give a warm sense of cosiness. It would have been nice and easy to just order a new under sink cupboard... but what’s the fun in that?
Our en-suite is the most used room in the house but it was the most untouched room too. It still felt very much the same as when we first moved in 3 years ago except for a lick of paint and the odd accessory. I was desperate to update it and tie the décor into the rest of the house, and of course creating more storage is always a winner. The under-sink cabinet was the thing that I knew would make the biggest impact and a major change to this room.
We decided to start with collecting pictures and room inspirations off Pinterest. I made a mood board of colour palettes, textures, patterns and handle styles which helped me imagine and put together the overall look for our en-suite.
I had already measured the height and width of the space, so the biggest task was finding the perfect cabinet. I looked for weeks on end. I searched online on different buying and selling apps and we eventually found one on Shpock.
To upcycle the bathroom cabinet, I used Frenchchic Alfresco paint in ‘Black Jack’ which was perfect for the job. I originally bought this paint for our front door and it was a total dream to work with, so I used the rest of the tin for this project.
Once we had our mood board perfected and products to use at the ready, it was time to start.
The cabinet we found had long legs, and my dad advised that this was easier to work with as it meant we could cut the legs down bit by bit to make sure it would fit perfectly under the sink. The back of the cabinet however seemed to be the trickiest part, sections had to be cut out so it would fit around the pipes and could be pushed against the wall.
It took a few attempts to get it to fit exactly, but the key was just doing it bit by bit as you can always cut more off if needed, and there was a big sigh of relief when we finally got it in position.
I lightly sanded it down, washed it with sugar soap and just simply started painting using my Frenchchic paint. The coverage was amazing and it only took one coat.
I ordered our silver cup handles from Iron Mongery World. They were just what we were looking for and such a great price too! The handles tie in perfectly with the silver shower and tap.
Upcycling is a great way to make furniture (or whatever you can get your hands on) unique, it’s not overly time-consuming and it brings around a great level of satisfaction once the job is done.
Now it’s your turn, find your style and get upcycling. Share you creations with us on social media using #KeepmoatHomes and don't forget to tag us. Happy Upcycling!