I recently decided to try to 'upcycle' furniture, after being inspired by several images on the internet. In the attic, I found two bedside cabinets, formerly an office desk that had been cut into two. Here is how it turned out...
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Step 1: Sanding, Sanding and More Sanding
Firstly, I completely sanded both cabinets down, which took forever!
I then patched both up, a process which involved cutting a new back for one cabinet with the jig-saw and realigning the top surface of the over so it was straight by adding a strip of wood.
I re-glued several of the drawers to add strength and used filler to smooth out all of the dents.
I painted the drawers and top of both cabinets, then sanded them down once again to get a smooth finish.
The brass handles were also extremely dirty, so I soaked them in vinegar, flour and salt before buffing them with brasso until they had a mirror-like shine.
Step 2: The Final Lick of Paint
One more coat of paint later and a few screws to attach the handles, and here we are! Two rustic yet modern looking drawers, perfect for a bed side. I am hoping to sell these on to make a bit of money (if anyone knows of anywhere I could sell these for a reasonable price please let me know!)