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How to Upcycle an old Drawer

AnyVan has teamed up with Lynne Lambourne of Love Nellie to bring you a new Ultimate Upcycling Trilogy with perfectly easy ‘how-to’ transformation guides. We are excited to bring you the second instalment of our trilogy which offers a step-by-step guide for Upcycling an old drawer and turn it into a shelf – Easy and fun to make!

Sometimes you find a lovely piece of furniture, but it’s just beyond my upcycling skills to repair, but think twice before sending it all off to the dump. Old drawers can be upcycled easily, and one easy and fun idea is to turn them into shelves!

Old drawers are often very well made and are much more visually appealing than an average boring MDF box shelf on your wall. The creative possibilities are endless! They can be painted any colour to suit your interiors, and you can always inject a pop of colour to the base by adding some stylish wallpaper to make things interesting. Here are few ideas that inspired me.

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How to upcycle an old drawer

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I wanted to create some extra space to store my ever growing (now slightly out of control!) plant collection, and although the chest of drawers I had salvaged may have been a bit beyond repair, the drawers were perfectly good. It was simple to do, it only took and few hours and cost pennies. So here goes…

You will need;

  • Old Draw
  • Chalk paint and brush.
  • Furniture wax
  • A small piece of Wallpaper- an offcut or even wrapping paper could work
  • Glue
  • Hanging hooks

Here’s just how easy it is.

How to upcycle an old drawer

  1. Firstly, find yourself an old draw.
  2. Wipe the drawer down before you start painting. Get rid of any dust, cobwebs and bits that may mess up your paintwork. Preparation is always essential to these things and helps create a professional finish. Once clean, choose your chalk paint and get to work on your drawer in your chosen colour. No need to paint the base as that will be where you are going to pop your wallpaper. I would suggest using two coats of paint so that you get a nice and even finish.How to upcycle an old drawer
  3. Once the paint has dried, sand down your drawer. This adds a bit of detail to the edges and gives a hint of distress and age to the overall look.How to upcycle an old drawer
  4. Next, apply the furniture wax to seal the paint in and protect it. Massage the wax in with an old cloth, the colour of the paint will darken very slightly but it will preserve the draw from any knocks. You don’t want all your hard work getting ruined!How to upcycle an old drawer
  5. Pick your chosen piece of wallpaper or wrapping paper. Botanical prints are fashionable at the moment, and as I was making my shelf, I picked a beautiful print from B&Q. The larger, more vibrant prints have a massive impact as they can be seen from far away.
  6. Mark around the drawer on the wallpaper and then cut out the piece of paper to fit snugly into the base of the drawer.How to upcycle an old drawer
  7. Once you have the correct size and shape that you need, use some sharp scissors and neatly cut the piece of paper.  I used decoupage glue to stick the wallpaper to the base of the drawer. Other types and brands of glue or spray mount would do the job, but I like the decoupage glue as it does not dry too fast and allows you to move the paper a bit like wallpaper paste until it is in the right place. Leave to dry. This is a great time to pop the kettle on!!!How to upcycle an old drawer
  8. Had a brew? It’s time to attach the brackets to hang the shelf – it’s easy, promise! Pilot drill a small hole for the screw to go into on the back of the shelf and then screw the bracket on.How to upcycle an old drawer
  9. Once you have your hooks safely fastened on, next drill two holes in the wall that match up with the bracket width and you are good to go. It’s now styling time!

How to upcycle an old drawer

Although my shelf is used for plants, these shelves could be used for anything; extra space for books, ornaments or to display trinkets. I believe that drawer-shelves can add a fascinating feature to any wall, and arranging several different draws together on the wall can form an impressive wall unit.

How to upcycle an old drawer

It’s an easy project that children can get involved in too! One of the children in my Upcycling Bootcamp made the fantastic design below. She uses her drawer-shelf to store her art supplies and slime ingredients!

How to upcycle an old drawer

Over to you folks, it’s time to get creative! Happy making.

If you need a helping hand getting your newly upcycled projects or materials back home, get in touch with AnyVan today for a free quote! We move anything, anywhere.

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WIN a huge haul of Cadbury Creme Eggs

We are offering one lucky person the chance to win a huge haul of Cadbury Creme Eggs just in time for Easter! If you’re looking for an egg-cellent treat, then keep reading!

“How do I enter?” we hear you ask – it’s simple! There are 2 ways to enter.
For Twitter: Follow @AnyVan on Twitter and Retweet our competition post. (See post here!)
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One winner will be picked at random. Presentation of the prize may vary slightly to the one pictured. You must be over the age of 18 to be eligible to win. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. You must do ALL of the steps for your chosen platform. Steps for your chosen platform are stated above. One entry per person. If you enter on both platforms, you will only be submitted into the competition ONCE. Competition ends at 23:59 on 1st April 2018. All entries made after the closing date will not be valid.

No cash alternative to the chocolates will be offered.

The winner will be chosen at random by the AnyVan team. The winners will be notified via Twitter or Facebook within 14 days of the competition ending. If the winner cannot be contacted or they do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize and pick the next eligible winner. AnyVan’s decision is final and any correspondence will not be entered into.

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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, or Cadbury. You are providing your information to AnyVan and not to any other party.

AnyVan reserves the right to cancel or amend this competition, including its terms and conditions, at any time without notice.

Competition for UK residents only. AnyVan will deliver the prize to the customer’s UK address via post or local pick-up at our offices in Hammersmith. Delivery of the items will be dependent on stock availability.

AnyVan - Move Anything, Anywhere.
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How to Upcycle a fabric armchair

AnyVan has teamed up with Lynne Lambourne of Love Nellie to bring you a new Ultimate Upcycling Trilogy with perfectly easy ‘how-to’ transformation guides. We are excited to bring you the first instalment from our trilogy which offers a step-by-step guide for Upcycling an old, unloved fabric armchair using chalk paint.

Painting a fabric chair using chalk paint sounds like a complicated task, but Lynne Lambourne of Love Nellie is here to inspire you to get creative and talk you through the whole process.

What you will need:

One old fabric chair
Chalk paint of your choice, a chair like this one took two cans
Good quality paintbrushes in various sizes to get into all the nooks and crannies.
Sandpaper
Chalk paint wax

Let’s get to it!

Painting fabric with chalk paint is a technique that even the most passionate of upcyclers seem to have little or no knowledge of and usually when I mention to people that it is easy to transform a fabric chair using chalk paint I am met with a bemused look.  But the good news is, yes, you really can! It’s super easy and can save you tons money as reupholstering chairs can be very expensive.

1. Find and fall in love with an armchair

Ultimate Upcycling Trilogy

I recently found an old chair that had amazing style and shape, but the colour of the fabric was really not what I wanted. Second-hand sites like Preloved are overflowing with unloved chairs like the one used in this upcycling project, and often it is the out-of-date fabric which deters us from buying such lovely items. I knew that I wanted a chair that was pink, so I decided that it was up to me to transform it into the exact chair that I wanted with the help of some fabulous chalk paint!

2. Cleaning

I gave the chair a good vacuum to get rid of any cobwebs and dust, you don’t want them getting onto your paintbrush or sticking to the fabric and forming clumps.

3. Painting the Fabric

Tip: I always start painting a chair upside down so that I can paint all the hard to see areas first, otherwise I might miss them!  
You don’t want to turn it upside down and rest the chair on areas that have already been painted as you could lean in on bits you have already painted and spoil it.

Ultimate Upcycling Trilogy

When painting fabric, lots of blogs will tell you to get a water spray can and spray the fabric before you paint it. I find that dipping my brush in water and then into the paint worked just as well.  Of course, the fabric is absorbent, so it will use a lot more paint than normal, so be prepared! I found that due to the particular fabric of my chair (velvet) painting in circular motions worked best but if you have a smoother material then just painting as if it was wood will work fine.

Ultimate Upcycling Trilogy

The chair had a button-back style which was a lot trickier to work with as I had to use a smaller brush to get into the folds and dips where the buttons were sitting. I chose to use Frenchic pink paint in Ballerina and the coverage was good considering I was painting over a much darker green fabric.

4. Leave to Dry and Sanding

The first coat left a slightly patchy outcome on the chair. I had to let it dry completely as it’s important to sand in-between coats of paint with a 220 grit sandpaper (or higher).  This softens the fabric and removes any resulting stiffness. I also found that it managed to blend the paint slightly and ease the patchiness – double result!

5. Painting the Legs

The legs of the chair were a dark wood colour and I wanted to do something a little bit more creative with them so I painted them white.  Once that had dried I then used Rustoleum metallic gold paint to add a bit of detail so that when I painted the third layer of paint in pink and sanded it back, the layers would be revealed and it would give it an aged look and a bit of sparkle.

Ultimate Upcycling Trilogy

Once the second coat was added and dried in the winter sunshine, there wasn’t a trace of the original colour and it was transformed – just like magic! The paint on the back enhanced the button detail and almost gave it a ‘work-of-art’ look. The paint added definition as well as style.

6. Sealing the Paint

Once the topcoat had dried, it was time to seal the chair with wax. I used Fenchic clear wax and gently rubbed it into the paintwork.  This protects and seals the paint and transforms the chair’s texture into something similar to leather. This means that if you sit on the chair the paint won’t come off on your clothes, making it much more durable.

   Ultimate Upcycling Trilogy

7. Enjoy!

For a day’s work and a couple of cans of paint, you can completely transform a chair and make it fit into your interior perfectly. So, if you fancy a stylish new chair, don’t wait around for the perfect one, make the perfect one yourself!

Ultimate Upcycling Trilogy

If you need a helping hand getting your newly upcycled projects or materials back home, get in touch with AnyVan today for a free quote! We move anything, anywhere.

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No matter what you are moving: from a King-Sized bed to a framed picture of the Queen; a Grand Piano to a classic Capri; we’ll take care of it all the way from Penzance to Peterhead and beyond.
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Green Home Design Ideas for Your New Home

With green living becoming increasingly important, it’s no surprise that many movers are looking to embrace eco-friendly interior design in their new homes. Not only is it good for the environment, but the green interior design is also one of the latest trends – meaning you can go green in style.

Green Home Design Ideas for Your New Home

From reclaimed furniture and durable building materials to non-toxic paints and eco-friendly flooring, in today’s article, we’ll be shining the spotlight on green home design – offering you are a variety of ways to up your eco-credentials when decorating your new home.

Invest in durable materials

Whether you’re planning a major overhaul or just some much-needed interior updates, it’s important to keep an eye on sourcing durable materials to contribute to a greener home. Investing in durable materials for decorating your space will help reduce the amount of waste further down the line, as these products are designed to last for longer periods of time. From swapping carpets for hard-wearing floor tiles to upgrading interiors with durable, quality fabrics, choosing products that will stand the test of time will bring you one step closer to a greener home. You can also discover free and cheap building materials for your next construction or DIY project with AnyVan’s award-winning partners, Enviromate.

Furnish with reclaimed materials

When it comes to furnishing your home, why not look at investing in furniture pieces made from reclaimed materials like timber and metal, instead of brand new or man-made materials? With less processing required to produce furniture, reclaimed materials give discarded wood and metal a new lease of life without dipping into precious resources. On top of that, you’ll be left with a stunning, unique and rustic style thanks to handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces, rather than mass-produced items. If you have a piece of furniture that you love, but it just needs some attention to make it fabulous, then check out some upcycling style inspiration from Lynne Lambourne! We recently helped Lynne move some upcycled furniture to Grand Designs Live where she won Interior Designer of the Year for her room set.

Go green with eco-friendly flooring

As green building practices become more mainstream, so too does the availability of eco-friendly building materials that include beautiful and sustainable flooring solutions. From versatile bamboo and cork to recycled glass tiles and reclaimed hardwood floors, there are a number of ways you can go green with your flooring using sustainable or recycled materials.

Opt for non-toxic paints

A lick of paint is one of the easiest and quickest ways to transform your home, but some conventional products contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment and your health. However, with more people switching to ethical decorating solutions, there’s now a vast range of eco-friendly paints available on the market made from raw organic materials. This means Earth-lovers can freely decorate with ethical products that are free from toxic chemicals and pollutants.

Live green with luscious plants

Green Home Design Ideas for Your New Home

What better way to greenify your home than to bring the outdoors inside with houseplants? With air-purifying qualities and potential health and wellbeing benefits, indoor plants are a welcome addition to green homes. Whether you go all-out with a living feature wall or use subtle green accents with stylish succulents and exotic pot plants, house plants in all shapes and sizes will create a stunning natural feel to your home that’s beneficial for you and the environment.

Whatever your objectives are for going green, these helpful hints will hopefully bring you all the inspiration you need for embracing green home design – leaving you with a beautiful new home that positively impacts our planet.

Choosing your first (or next) green home project could be a tricky one. If you need a helping hand getting your new items and materials back home, get in touch with AnyVan today for a free quote!

 

AnyVan - Move Anything, Anywhere.
No matter what you are moving: from a King-Sized bed to a framed picture of the Queen; a Grand Piano to a classic Capri; we’ll take care of it all the way from Penzance to Peterhead and beyond.
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