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DIY: The #UpcycleRevolution with Gumtree

Upcycle Revolution
Gumtree, the classified ads website, have started an #UpcycleRevolution and they invited me along to help! I was given a brief to find a piece of furniture on my local Gumtree and transform what was once loved into a beautiful new piece ready to take pride of place again. I found this lovely vintage sewing box from a local seller and chose it because it looked unusual and well made, chatting to the seller was easy and they even delivered it to me the next day for a small additional fee – Better service than your typical high street furniture retailers!

Upcycling with Gumtree

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At home we struggle a lot with storage space and it always awkward when friends and family come round because there aren’t enough seats for a lot of people to sit round and have a cup of tea. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and upcycle this vintage piece into a storage occasional seat.

I sanded the whole piece down with coarse sand paper, which removed that horrible orange tinged wood stain and left the table lovely and smooth, ready for painting. It only took me an hour or so and sitting outside in the sun with a glass of cold juice wasn’t the worst way to spend my time!

I chose some outdoor paint from Wilkinsons, for extra durability, in a lovely duck egg blue which went perfectly with a gorgeous piece of fabric I bought from Liberty in London. I painted the whole table with only one thick coat as I wanted a slightly worn and vintage feel to the piece with some of the wood grain showing through.

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Finally I positioned two cushion inserts from IKEA across the lid of the table and encased the whole thing in the fabric, folded like a parcel. To secure this in place I used a staple gun to pin the fabric to the wood underneath. It wasn’t as neat as I’d hoped, but with practice and more time I think this technique could become really easy and useful.

I screwed in a new drawer handle and that was it! In the end, it was quite a simple DIY and only took me a few hours and a total spend of £76, including the original vintage sewing box.

I’m hoping to move house in the next few months to my very first owned home and so I’m quite eager to continue the #UpcycleRevolution. Gumtree have even inspired me to take a run down house and turn it into the perfect home, so I can’t wait to share all of that fun with you! Loves x xx

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posted by onetenzeroseven in DIY,Home and Pet and have Comments (8)
  • http://www.prettygreentea.com/ Prettygreentea

    This sounds like a really fun project and you did such a good job with it. I haven’t used Gumtree in a very long time but I’m keen to find something to upcycle.

  • Toast Rack

    Great upcycle! One day I will have the patience for a project like that. Probably when I buy my own place next year. Good luck with moving to your first home :) x

  • http://www.elsieandnell.co.uk Laura Wilks

    I love this! The duck egg colour and Liberty fabric look so good together. There’s a little chest of drawers in a yard close to me, and I keep wanting to ask if I can have it for an upcycle project! Maybe I’ll go later; you’ve inspired me! X

  • Jo

    LOVE THIS!!

  • http://onetenzeroseven.com/blog Sophie

    Thank you! Using Gumtree was way less of a pain in the ass than I was expecting, haha. I can’t believe all I had to do was wait for the guys to turn up my purchase and then hand over some cash – so easy!

  • http://onetenzeroseven.com/blog Sophie

    Thanks so much, I’m gonna need all the luck with packing and unpacking, hehe. I don’t have much patience, believe me! Start with something small and just do it over an afternoon with no pressure. It’s actually fun!

  • http://onetenzeroseven.com/blog Sophie

    Thanks!! I know, they’re a great match aren’t they? A bit unusual, too. OOOH, did you go?! I want to see what you do with them!

  • http://onetenzeroseven.com/blog Sophie

    Thanks Jo! I’m so pleased it was a success!