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How to Upcycle an old Drawer

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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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Our Emails and You

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Our Emails and You

We want our customer emails to offer relevant and useful information and make our service better. This page explains what emails we send to you and why – we hope you like them!

If you want to stop receiving them, you can opt out at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link on the footer of any of our emails. If you are an AnyVan customer you can also opt out of receiving emails by logging into your AnyVan account and clicking on your profile page.

Transactional Emails

When you provide us with information to process a quote we will also collect your email address. We use this to send helpful transactional emails about your quote, and if you choose to use us, your booking. If you choose to use our services, we will also ask you for mobile number(s) to enable the Transport Partner to confirm your moving day details. We process your data and send these emails on the basis that we have a Legitimate Interest in helping you with our services.  Examples of the transactional emails/SMS we may send include:

  • An initial quote email – this provides you with a link that ‘saves’ your quote details
  • A follow-up quote email – asking if we can help you with any questions about your quote

Then, if you choose to use us, we will send booking related emails. Examples of the booking emails/SMS we may send include:

  • A booking email – confirming successful payment and confirmation of your move date
  • A job info email – containing information about your transport partner
  • Transport Partner SMS –  providing information about the arrival time
  • A ‘Track my Van’ SMS –  providing a link to a web page where you can track your van
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Note that if you have chosen to use us you cannot opt out of booking emails, as they are essential to managing your booking and making sure everything goes smoothly!

Other emails about our services

If you use AnyVan, we may also use your email to send information about similar AnyVan services, features, and promotions that we think will be of interest and relevance to you based on what you initially asked us to help you with. We send these emails on the basis that we have a Legitimate Interest in helping you with our services. You can opt out of receiving these emails on your profile page. Examples of the types of emails/SMS we send include:

  • An invitation to our refer a friend program – where we provide you with a 5% discount for your friend
  • Updates on new features on our website – for example, the launch of a new app
  • Promotions and discounts for delivery and removal services – for example, a Spring Clearance offer of £10 off
  • Tips and guides relating to a service you purchased – for example, a home improvement guide if you recently used us for a Removal

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“Legitimate Interests” means the interests of our company in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best service/products and the best and most secure experience.

For example, we have an interest in making sure our marketing is relevant to you, so we may process your information to send you marketing that is tailored to your interests. It can also apply to processing that is in your interests as well. For example, we may process your information to protect you against fraud when transacting on our website, and to ensure our websites and systems are secure. When we process your personal information for our legitimate interests, we make sure to consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative), and your rights under data protection laws.

Our legitimate business interests do not automatically override your interests – we will not use your Personal Data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law).

This page is one part of our broader Data, Privacy, and Cookie policy. You can read the full document ‘here’.

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Cookies and You

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Our Cookies and you

Hello! If you are reading this, then you care about privacy – and your privacy is very important to us. Cookies are an important part of almost all online companies these days, and this page describes what they are, how we use them, what data they collect, and most importantly, how you can change your browser settings to turn them off.  

What is a cookie?

  • A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
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  • Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

What Cookies do AnyVan use?

We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • Identification – we use cookies to identify you when you visit our website and as you navigate our website (cookies used for this purpose are: persistent_login)
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  • We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google’s privacy policy is available at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/  
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Managing cookies

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Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

This page is one part of our broader Data, Privacy, and Cookie policy. You can read the full document here, and opt out of emails at any time by visiting our ‘Unsubscribe from all emails’ page, or by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link on the footer of any of our emails.

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.
Save up to 75% on your deliveries and removals.

WIN a huge haul of Cadbury Creme Eggs

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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!)
For Facebook: LikeComment and Share the competition post. (See post here!)

Terms and conditions

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.

By entering this competition, participants give AnyVan permission to use their name and picture when announcing the winner on our social media platforms and in any other promotional material.

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.
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.
Save up to 75% on your deliveries and removals.

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