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My Upcycled Craft Room – The Cupboard

My craft room has possibly been my longest running work-in-progress and may never be finished! But that is life as a creative person right? This post I’m going to be talking about the newest project – my upcycled craft cupboard.

My Upcycled Craft Room

The room is a blend of repurposed and upcycled furniture; and in true creative fashion, that’s what I’m here to share!

I’ve posted photos of the room before, showing these yellow cupboards. There are two on opposite wall. They are very cute, and quite handy; but showing their age a little; as the drawers are failing; the yellow paint has scratches and it’s generally quite old.

Craft Room before

In any room, space is always an issue; and I had thought about stacking these cupboards again (as they were in their previous home), though getting into the drawers on the top cupboard would be more difficult. I gave serious consideration to taking the drawers out, but then there would be a large open space. Which wouldn’t hide the mess that let’s be honest, inevitably happens when storing craft supplies!

More craft room upcycling can be found here.

One evening, not long ago; I got chatting with my Auntie; trying to come up with a way of making the room a more functional space. That, and my cupboard dilemma; and she made the offer to get some new doors made to measure; if I wanted to remove the fronts/drawers of the yellow cupboards.

I agreed. So a plan was made, and last month, while they were here visiting; work began! (This was all last month! You might have seen pics at the time on my Instagram stories.)

Upcycled Craft Room – The Cupboard:

The drawers and the doors; which were long past their best; were removed. Stu and I ensured the units remain safely secured on top of each other, joined together with a couple of brackets, on either side.

This also means that if and when the cupboard needs to be moved, we can unscrew it into four pieces, two doors and the two units. (I can actually split the doors in half too, but would need to replace the handles if I did this.)

I chose my paint, going for this Rust-oleum chalky finish furniture paint in Anthracite (or grey), and of course the wax to finish. It was quite easy to work with – I used a roller mostly, with a brush for some of the smaller bits the roller didn’t into very well. It did look really patchy, but once the wax coat had dried, it looked great!

Rust-Oleum paint in anthracite.

The new bespoke MDF doors; made by my uncle; (this is a very family based project!) fully attached with soft-close hinges; and holes were for the handles; which in true upcycling fashion were spares from my family’s kitchen. 

Upcycled Craft Cupboard - painting in progress

I got to work painting two coats of grey paint, and of course ending with a coat of wax to give it a nice finish. The space left by removing the two drawers meant that I finally had a shelf space big enough to store 12×12 scrapbooks too! Which is perfect.

Upcycled Craft Cupboard

Finishing off the final look with some new storage baskets; the cupboard is done! It’s a nice statement piece of furniture, that is completely functional now with lots of shelf space for all of my craft supplies… Well, most of them anyway! 

And that’s my upcycled craft cupboard! What do you think?

Do you have any upcycled furniture at home? Would you consider it?

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