• 4th September 2016

Moving Diary: Part 3

Upcycling drawers

It’s getting so close now! Only 1 week to go before I officially move out. It’s so surreal to think that this is my last weekend living in my house that I’ve spent my teenage years in. It’s sad in a way that I’m not going to be living here anymore but on the other hand, I’m really excited to be moving out properly and starting the next chapter of my life.

In preparation, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks sorting through my bedroom and working out what I will need for my new home. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a dreamer. I started off this process by thinking, right I’m going to get brand new furniture, the sofa of my dreams and a massive TV all in one go. Everyone thought I was a loon and after listening to my parents, sister and boyfriend, I realise that it’s definitely not going to happen all at once unless I win the lottery!

So I’ve had to re-think a little and accept that it’s going to take a while for me to build my dream home. However, that doesn’t mean that my house has to look like it’s barely lived in. After some careful thinking and research, I’ve managed to find an affordable way to make my house a home without having to sacrifice style and comfort.

I’ve now discovered the wonders of upcycling furniture! It adorns my Instagram feed and Pinterest wall but I’ve never taken much notice, thinking that it looks great in photos but I could never do something like that. Now, take a look at my chest of drawers:

Before shot

I’ve had these drawers since I was a kid hence all the stickers. Having recently grown up (a lot!), I’ve developed a bit more of a sophisticated taste for my furniture and definitely did not want sticker covered drawers anymore. Originally, I was just going to chuck this and buy a new chest of drawers. After looking online and seeing how ridiculously over-priced drawers are, I turned to Pinterest. I gathered some great ideas and thought, how hard could it be? The result:

After shot

I’m absolutely thrilled to bits with how it’s turned out. Not only have I gotten rid of all the stickers and given them a fresh paint, I now have a truly unique piece of hand-painted furniture that I couldn’t buy in a shop. Don’t get me wrong, in total it took me about 13 hours and that was with the help of my boyfriend helping me paint on the design, but the actual work wasn’t that hard. There were 4 stages: getting the stickers off, sanding, painting the background colour and painting the design. There’s nothing tricky about it, you just need a bit of elbow grease! Apart from getting the stickers off which took 3 hours, I had a lot of fun doing it and now I just want to re-paint everything!  The best part is this project cost me about £15 in materials. A massive saving when you compare it to the £50 I would have spent on buying a new chest of drawers.

If you too are preparing to move, take my advice and hold the reins before you storm ahead and spend all your money on new furniture. Take a minute to look around you and see what you can upcycle. You get a new piece of furniture without the expensive price tag!

Come back next week to read all about how the move itself goes!

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