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Up-cycling Old Furniture For Modern Life

Hey Cats,

Creativity runs in the family and we are a big fan of up-cycling. Be it making new things from old things or giving old furniture a new lease of life, My talented Mother has been hard at work with some new projects and I thought she did such an amazing job that I would share them with you, You may remember when I showed you my dressing table and the amazing job she did with that, if not make sure you check out that post later.

First up was this vintage blanket box that needed updating to become a bit more modern, Here are the before pictures.

The wood was way too dark for a small space and needed lightening up and made prettier to help open up spaces and provide some much needed storage. Originally for storing spare blankets and bedding but could be used for toys or even special keep sakes safe.

Lightening the paintwork has really made this piece more in keep with any home, I am in love with the Paris poetry panels that have been added to make it a real talking point instead of just a useful bit of furniture. If I wasn't moving house I would have stole this one away for myself the lift-able lid makes it so easy to store things away and the print is just magical,

There was also another old cabinet which needed some love. Here are the before pictures.

Again really dark and going to waste but with such great storage space this piece is a fantastic addition to any home. This one had a complete over haul and a lot of love went into both of these projects but this one took the longest as it had lots of fiddly draws, nooks and craneys and fixings that needed replacing. Adding some beautiful crystal style handles to the draws and doors and that same beautiful pattern from the blanket chest was even lined in the draws.


This piece has lots of detail and storage.I think it would look beautiful in a kitchen and even came on handy wheels which were still in fantastic condition so these were cleaned up and tested but makes it easy to move around. 


I am so proud of my Mama and the amazing job she did here is the final piece, 


Sadly we have no room for these but they are being rehomed so if you are interested why not show my awesome mother some support. You can drop me an email and If you are feeling extra nice give them a share so I can encourage her to keep being creative!

Have you up-cycled anything recently? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.



23 comments:

  1. They look great! Wish I had the time to do things like this!

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  2. They look fantastic. I love to have a little go at Upcycling too, It can be so fun :)

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  3. You are so talented I totally love the final result, it looks so elegant and expensive :D

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  4. I never really think about up cycling furniture, but you've done a great job with these! x

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  5. This is great, I'd never think of doing anything like this!

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  6. I often do this and always find a home for them

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  7. these are gorgeous, i have tried a few upcycling projects but none have turned out this good"

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  8. Oh wow, this looks absolutely AMAZING! I am a big fan of upcycling, most of my crafts are upcycled. Check out my Fair Isle stairs on my blog! ;)

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  9. This looks great. Am no good at DIY so I admire those who are.

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  10. OH my goodness, you and your Mama are AMAZING! What a fabulous idea! I think I'd be too scared to even think of starting a project like this. You must be so happy with the finished look - how wonderful to have a truly unique piece in your home! :) xx

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  11. I absolutely love these both, however the first one is my favourite! It unfortunately wouldn't match anywhere in my house, as I would love it :(
    T

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  12. Awesome! Will be moving into a new flat by next month and was thinking on transformation with my furnitures. You gave me lots of inspirations here ;)

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  13. I'm a big fan of upcycling and love finding new ways to use old stuff but have never tried transforming furniture.

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  14. Wow this looks amazing, whenever I read these posts I want to upcycle everything x

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  15. Oh wow this looks absolutely amazing what a change, such a transformation! x

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  16. Oh wow you have done an amazing job. Massive transformation. such a good talent

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  17. Your Mum is UBER talented! We are going to have to transform some of our own mismatched furniture when we eventually move. :)

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  18. oh wow!! this is amazing!! Love the first piece so much!! I want it!
    Did your mum use wallpaper for the panels?

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  19. Wow what a fabulous transformation, great job well done. I hope it gets rehomed soon xxx

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  20. Great post! I love stuff like this, saves so much money and is fun too.

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  21. I wish I had the ability to turn something into a treasure like that. Beautifully done! I love how it came out.

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  22. Wow that blanket box looks amazing! So so clever and creative!

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  23. I love your upcycle so much! I am dying to upcycle a lot of my furniture, I just need to wait for my mum to reunite me with my tools and sewing machine! This is so beautiful, you have done such a fantastic job :D

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