Here are some step-by-step instructions to refurbish an old sideboard into something more modern and pretty.
This was an old sideboard that I bought off a friend for about £20 three years ago. She was moving back into her mum’s house and had to sell all her furniture; FruGuy and I had just moved into our first unfurnished flat and were trying to furnish it on a pretty tight budget.
I always planned to refurbish it somehow, but wasn’t really sure how – especially as it isn’t solid wood, I think the base is wood, but the rest is that strange ‘not-wood’ Ikea material, and I wasn’t sure how well it would take to painting. Then I became obsessed with the idea of using wallpaper and paint to redo it, and, a couple of weekends ago, I decided to give it a go, and am pretty damn chuffed with the results. (Please excuse my less-than-great photography skills).
Before: Pretty dull
You will need:
Eggshell paint (I used Dulux in a ‘silk white’ shade)
All purpose primer (this is important for the Ikea not-wood material – it will have to be oil based)
Wall paper adhesive
Cost = £47 (you might already have some of these things at home – I didn’t!)
If, like me, you have no outdoor space, make sure you protect your floors with sheets or newspapers; and most importantly, make sure the room is very well ventilated. The all-purpose primer is pretty strong stuff, so make sure all the windows are open, and keep the room you are working with closed off from the rest of the house for a few days to contain the smell.
Clean the piece of furniture well, removing all marks and dust. Allow to dry thoroughly.
If you are working with actual wood, now you would sand the piece back to remove all paint/gloss in order to repaint. If you are working with the Ikea not-wood material, apply the all-purpose primer according to the instructions. Leave it to dry for the time specified on the tin. Clean the paintbrush with white spirit (the all-purpose primer can be sticky and awful, so it will need a good amount of white spirit to clean).
Once the primer is completely dry (I left mine for 24 hours), apply the paint according to the instructions on the tin. As the primer acted as a base coat, I only had to apply one coat of the actual paint; but you might want to apply more coats, especially if you are dramatically changing the colour. Remember to allow to completely dry in between coats and clean your paintbrush after every coat.
Measure the area on the doors that you want to cover with wallpaper, cut the wallpaper to that size.
Carefully apply the wallpaper adhesive to the doors of the sideboard, according to the instructions on the tube. Attach the wallpaper. You will have a few minutes to adjust the wallpaper before it dries – use a clean, dry sponge to smooth any air bubbles out towards the edges.
Leave to dry completely.
Voila! You now have a beautiful new sideboard for a fraction of the cost of replacing it.