Furniture build yourself – nothing gives your home more individuality than self-designed interior pieces. If doing so in the sense of Upcycling If an old piece of furniture is refurbished, it is not only particularly sustainable, but also a lot easier because existing elements can be used.
If you also follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I recently spent a day in Cologne – where everything revolved around color. Because the brand Rust oleum invited me & some other DIY bloggers to try out their wide range of different colors on different objects and materials. The reason is that a few weeks earlier I had taken an old kitchen cupboard with me from an apartment breakdown, from which I wanted to build new furniture myself. A simple part made of pine wood, the body of which is a great base for a chic sideboard. And that now urgently needed a complete makeover, in which new colors also played an important role in addition to a new door front.
Among other things, there is from Rust-Oleum great chalk colors. What particularly fascinates me about the chalk color is that you can apply it to the wood without pretreatment. This is great if you don’t have much time, but still want to paint something. I find that from Rust-Oleum just as exciting Natural effects terracotta spray – there is a structure on every surface that is reminiscent of terracotta. And as you know, terracotta is currently one of my favorite materials and colors.
With both colors – effect spray and chalk paint, I worked on a few objects on site in Cologne for a test and knew pretty quickly: I will use them to design my sideboard!
New front & new color
What I do Upcycling What I especially love about projects is that in the end a completely new interior piece is created, and without the effort that you would have if you were to build a completely new piece of furniture yourself. Therefore, the old kitchen cabinet made of solid wood was perfect to use as a base for a sideboard. An old shelf or chest of drawers works in the same way. It is important that all parts such as feet or fronts can be removed, the piece can be virtually completely gutted, so that only the body can be used as a stable starting piece for new furniture.
I did the same here: the door was removed and I added feet and a new front. I built the front entirely myself – and provided it with a geometric structure. At first glance this may look complicated, but in the end it is totally simple. I’ll show you how to do it!
Build upcycling furniture yourself: This is how the wooden cabinet can be transformed into a designer piece
For the implementation, you need the following materials in addition to your old piece of furniture:
+ Rust-Oleum chalk paint furniture varnish in jute
+ Rust-oleum terracotta effect spray paint
+ MDF or glued wood top in the dimensions suitable for your piece of furniture
+ thin wooden slats with a square layout (in the example with 5 mm diameter)
+ Set square and pencil
+ Cutter knife and cutting mat
+ Paint roller & brush
+ Painter crab
+ Wood glue
+ simple metal furniture feet
+ Cordless drill
Draw a pattern
The MDF panel becomes the new front. In order to prepare the geometric pattern, first draw the pattern with the help of a triangle and pencil. I first divided the plate into two halves and then each half into smaller sections.
Shorten the strips
Then you shorten the wooden strips to the appropriate lengths. That should work well with thin wooden slats with a cutter knife, with larger diameter you may need a hand saw.
Color the last
First brush the strips with the chalk paint. A previous sanding is not necessary, you can apply the color directly with the brush.
Paint the cabinet door
Then, preferably with a foam roller, the MDF board is painted with the chalk paint. Two coats of paint may be necessary here. After the first coat, wait until the paint is dry before applying the second coat.
Tip: I initially only painted one side of the MDF board (the side without the pencil drawing). So I was able to transfer the drawing onto the painted side relatively easily. Of course you can also work with tracing paper or similar here.
Fasten wooden strips
Once you have transferred the pattern to the front of the front, the individual wooden strips can be attached with (little) glue.
I did the following: After I glued the strips, I painted the rest of the MDF board, including the back with the pencil drawing.
Now, of course, the legs are still missing. I got simple white metal furniture feet from the hardware store and dyed them with the Rust-Oleum Terracotta Spray.
Paint the body
As the feet dry, it is now the turn of the old body. Again, the following applies: the chalk color can be applied directly without sanding. This works pretty well with the foam roller, a brush is recommended for the edges. And don’t forget: Mask edges on surfaces that should not be colored in advance with masking tape!
Once the legs and body have dried, the legs may be fitted. Mark the positions of the holes on the wood and drill the holes before you fix the legs with the small wood screws.
Install the hinge
Now the last step is missing: Of course, the new door still has to be attached! Anyone who knows their way around and has the necessary tools / equipment at home can best implement this with hinge hinges. I opted for a somewhat simpler variant that I could easily implement with my small cordless screwdriver: hinge hinges that are screwed to the inside of the door and the outside of the body.
Laminate the hinge
The disadvantage of this simpler way of fastening is of course that the hinge remains visible. But here, too, I have a trick for you: Just snap the chalk paint again and brush the metal in the same color as the body & door, it is almost invisible and hardly noticeable.
And the closet is ready! So that the door closes well, I finally attached small magnets to the inside of the door, if you should have any questions about this step, just write it in the comments.
I have one last tip for you: If you use chalk paint to design a dining table or similar piece of furniture where you occasionally place a drink, it is advisable to use the chalk paint after drying Furniture wax to polish, because this seals the surface and protects it from water stains or other dirt.
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