When we renovated our living room I wanted a sideboard to store and hide the TV paraphernalia, rather than a generic entertainment unit. I also needed to rein in the renovation budget so I decided to get my DIY head on and create a mid century glam upcycled sideboard.
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To create this upcycle you will need:
- Item of furniture
- *Frenchic Paint
- *3mm MDF Sheets x 2
- Circular saw or Jigsaw
- *Black Sticky Back Vinyl
- *Gold Sticky Back Vinyl
- *Gorilla Wood Glue
- *Handles/Knobs x 4
I bought a retro Schreiber sideboard from eBay which was the perfect size for our requirements.
Firstly, Andy planed the inset handles so they were flush with the rest of the frontages. I painted the outside of the sideboard with *French Chic Paint in ‘Loof’ from their Lazy range, which requires no prep, then I added some gold paint detail to the inset edges of the door and drawers.
To tie in with the geometric theme in my living room, I drew a random pattern made up of triangles on a sheet of MDF, the same size as each frontage, leaving a gap in-between each triangle. I also made sure there was a triangle to fully cover the planed handles. I numbered each triangle so as to remember what order to stick them onto the frontages. Andy then cut the triangles out with a circular saw.
Next, I gave the shapes a light sand around the edges to neaten them up, (making sure all dust was cleaned off) then placed each one onto the sticky back vinyl, drew around them, then cut out the vinyl. I then stuck the vinyl to the front of each triangle, doing most of them in black with a few random gold ones. I painted the edges of each triangle with the Frenchchic paint to match it with the vinyl.
I then stuck the triangles to the frontages with the Gorilla Glue leaving gaps in-between each one.
When applying the triangles, I decided to omit some of the pieces. This created a more interesting look.
I glammed up the sideboard legs by applying some gold sticky back vinyl around the base to give the illusion of a metal finish.
I lined the drawers and shelves with wallpaper that matched with the panel around my walls.
To finish off the sideboard I added some marble and gold handles from Etsy.
We fitted our TV sound bar just above the sideboard, so that it looks part of the piece of furniture and isn’t noticeable. We found out how to operate our V6 box through the door with the remote here (just scroll down to the 6th comment). We also fitted a fan in the back so the cupboard doesn’t overheat. With the wire from the TV hidden in the wall, all of our electrical entertainment devices are invisible!
I’d love to hear what you think of my mid century upcycled sideboard in the comments below, and if you’ve created any of your own!
Love Cara x