Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a great weekend, we had some more snow here yesterday so its chilly again – it’s supposed to have been the coldest night of the year here so we wrapped up warm with lots of extra blankets and duvets and were nice and toasty!
I thought that today I would share with you a quick Do-It-Yourself project that I’ve done, making over an old storage unit into my funky vintage blanket cupboard. This cabinet was on its way to the household waste recycling centre when I took a second look at it and realised that, although the varnish was peeling and there were scratches and marks all over the unit, it was a perfectly sturdy piece of furniture and could be re-vamped into something much more pretty with very little effort.
My hubby and I gave the whole unit a light sanding over, taking off any loose bits of varnish as we went, and then wiped down the cupboard inside and out. I then painted the whole unit with two coats of paint to refresh it. I chose blue wood paint because we had a spare pot in the shed but this kind of unit could be painted in any shade to coordinate or contrast with the decor of the room that it will be living in. After the paint had dried, we cut a piece of blue floral wallpaper to the size of the shelves and pasted it on with normal wallpaper paste and left it to dry. Again, we had some left over paper from our decorating, but you could even use a sample piece from the DIY store, depending on the size of your shelves, or buy an end-of-line discounted roll for only a couple of quid. If you fancy lining your drawers, you could also use the same wallpaper for this too!
This now provides valuable extra storage space for all those blankets that only come out in the winter or when guests come to stay, and it would even be good in a child’s nursery with all the space for toys below and clothes in the drawers above. I hope that you’ll be able to see some potential any worn-out furniture you come across, and have a go at your own renovation project! Check out some of my other DIY upcycling projects below 😀