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DIY mum transforms old sideboard for £50 and it looks amazing

March 9, 2020, 11:00 AM
  • Charlotte Jones, 30, bought an old unit at auction for £30
  • She transformed the sideboard using £20 paint and £3 hessian
  • Charlotte gives tips to do the same

If you’ve got an old piece of furniture in your home that you’re fed up of looking it, consider how you can give it a new lease of life.

30-year-old Charlotte Jones, from Newton Abbott, took an old wooden unit and turned it into a sophisticated, chic and modern sideboard without spending a fortune.

The mum-of-two and furniture restorer told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I've done a few items similar in the past. It was just about making something that outdated into something that can be a beautiful focal point for a home once again, and recycling what there already is available.

"I've been refurbishing furniture for 8 years now, and I decide to restore rather than to buy new as it's cheaper and more economic.

“It's lovely to see an item of furniture with so much history behind it, yet now so unloved and unwanted, to finally be a part of a family home and loved again. It’s also keeping furniture out of landfill.”

To renovate the unit, Charlotte spent around £50 and flexed her best DIY skills together with her partner Tom.

“We deconstructed part of the unit, mainly the old wooden top and doors and remade the top of the base section using old scaffold boards,” she explained.

"We made a heart template, drew around that onto the doors, cut the shape out using a jigsaw, reattached the doors and painted the whole unit.

“We then used hessian material on the backs of the hearts for a bit of a contrast and obviously it also means what's inside of the cupboards isn't visible.

“The cost was about £50 in total. The unit was £30 at an auction, the paint cost £20 and was called ‘Off Black’ from Brewers, and the hessian cost around £3 per metre from ebay.

"The top of the base was removed as it had terrible water damage and we used reclaimed boards instead.”

Charlotte, who shares her creations on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/misschicinteriors, is delighted with how the unit has turned out, and says it just proves how some TLC can transform an old piece of furniture.

"I always love seeing furniture come back to life and seeing how much difference a bit of paint and love and care can make,” she adds. “I was nervous about the colour initially as it's quite dark but I think it looks very sophisticated!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, says: “Charlotte’s sideboard looks like it costs thousands of pounds from a posh interior designer, so it’s amazing that she managed to transform it herself for just £50.

“If you have an unloved piece of furniture in your own home, consider using Charlotte’s tips to give it a new lease of life - or, if you’re on a budget, snap up old pieces of furniture on ebay or Shpock to overhaul yourself!"

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Stapmevitalsa year ago

I love a good upcycle, and this is certainly that.

Perfect project for a wet weekend.


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