As I'm working on a budget, I'd rather get some free furniture that needs a bit of attention rather than buy new or second-hand. As my first attempt at furniture hacking, modifying furniture that I acquired for nothing was also a lot less stressful than hacking stuff I paid money for since, as you'll see in this tutorial, there's a lot of things that will probably go wrong as you go through the learning curve.
While a lot of these tips may seem obvious (and probably are obvious if you've ever done something similar before), as a complete newbie to the world of DIY these are all things I learnt the hard way, which was all part of the fun :)
Step 1: What you'll need
For the modifications, you will need:
- A hand saw or hacksaw
- Pencil and ruler
- Course sandpaper or wood file
- Fine sandpaper or steel wood
- Wood or hobby paint
I haven't included specifications of the best types of tools to use as I was mostly working with what I had to hand. Where I've discovered particular tools that work well or not so well, I've included some tips in the relevant steps.
To dismantle and put the frame back together, you will also need the relevant fixtures and fittings and tools (eg, screws, dowels, nails, a hammer or a screwdriver / electric drill).