Monday 1 August 2011

Some up-do action

The crochet's a bit slow this week- too many WIPs and not enough progress on any of them - probably because my creative juices have been running elsewhere.

Take this, unassuming 1930s bureau, minus the openy-top-thingy (woodworm, apparently).

More shelves before

Purchased from charity shop for a tenner.
Given a bit of a sanding (I'm a bit unenthusiastic about this stage and get bored easily, so am not thorough).
Holes and cracks filled with flexible filler (marvellous stuff).
Slapped about with 3 coats of eggshell (not carefully applied- managed to get it on the curtains and the sofa- don't tell the Mister).
Jooooshed up a bit with some lush paper from a nice arty shop.

Et voilĂ !

More shelves 2

Lovely shelves for the little'un's room. I'm actually very surprised at how nicely they've turned out, as it goes.

Moving on..
Another up-do. A little table, given the same treatment as the shelves above (minus the pretty paper). Sorry, no 'before' photo, just an afters:

Table finished

I love that knitting bag. Charity shop find, obviously. I thought the cats looked happy and they are wearing bow-ties, which is always a good thing in my book.

I digress. Yet another up-do in the form of some little shelvy-things (originally Ikea, mine from Charity shop, of course):

Crafty drawers!

This time I went mad with spray paint. Two coats. Very quick and dried in no time.
Then glued the same paper I put on the shelves.


Ikea shelves made over

And here's some more shelves I had a go at, just different paper glued to the front.

Ikea shelves made over

Pretty and easy too.

Wishing you all a creative and crafty week (if the kids'll let you)

Happy Monday, all. Xxx


  1. wow love that dresser, its soooo beautiful, what a transformation :D
    Love it!!!
    Karen xxx

  2. Love it! All looks fab - very inspirational! Good job!

  3. Oh what fabulous up-do's! Love the shelving unit in your little'un's room!!!

    Jo x x

  4. Hello! And thanks for your comment on my blog and for becoming my newest follower.I was all excited when I logged on to find I had another one! Daft bat.
    Love your shelves, you would never know there was meant to be a front on those. Fantastic find for a tenner.
    And your Ikea makeovers have inspired me because I have an almost identical Ikea thingy upstairs in the loft that I tried to do clever things to with paint and candles a long time ago, that never quite worked. It has been hiding in disgrace ever since. I will be on the look out now for some nice paper to try and tart it up with. Thanks!

  5. Ooh, lovelies. The paper fronted ikea drawers are just gorgeous !
    I never have the patience for sanding either!

  6. Utterly brilliant, especially the bureau but what a transformation all round. Wow !

  7. I completely agree! White is lovely! Great job on the make-over. By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog...very nice to hear from you! Cheers! ~Merri

  8. Oooooooh, fabby!! I love befores and afters!!

    Bureau looks brilliant and I l-o-v-e the birdy paper on the Ikea drawers, where's it from?

    S x

  9. Wow! I love everything! Just beautiful!

  10. These are really amazing!!! I love them all, but especially the last shelving unit- that paper is so cute!!!

  11. You are amazing! All these pieces look unbelievable! I especially love the old bureau - what a fantastic transformation. I am going to keep my eyes open in my local op shops for furniture now - how totally inspiring - AGAIN!!!! Have a lovely week - enjoy all your fab new furniture.

  12. Love all the makeovers! It's always a nice feeling to change something bought cheaply into something gorgeous. I am inspired. I bought a cabinet from a second hand shop last year and have been waiting for the summer to come to do a makeover. It's all dark wood and horrid, but I have so many ideas on how to change it...........arrrggghhhhh!!!!!

    Have a super day!

    Vanessa xxx

  13. You've been busy!! Love everything. The bureau/shelves look fab, especially like the little compartments at the top for your littlie to put bits and pieces in. Pretty. I also like the little table, I really want a table like that that I can drag around the house with me and take outdoors for when I'm crocheting. Visit to the local charity shops I think.

    How did you glue the paper onto the shelves? Was it that Modge Podge stuff I keep reading about lately?

    Lovely post, clever girl.

    Nicki xx

  14. Absolutely gorgeous makeovers. How satisfying is it to take something inexpensive and turn it into classy! You clever thing you!
    Anne xx

  15. They all look fantastic you have inspired me to do something with my ikea boxes. Love the birdy paper.

  16. Wow! Inspiring, awesome, amazing!!!!

  17. Wow - all of those transformations are incredible! So impressed!
    Maria x

  18. Wow! What wonderful transformations.

  19. What fabulous finds and great transformations too! I love the birdy papers you used they look great, especially the way you lined up the patterns. Well done you!

  20. Oh wow! Such a wonderful transformation! I love them all, adorable work!!!
    Happy day to you! x

  21. What a talent you have for making the dull and old look colourful and gorgeous! Do you think you could have a go at me next?! I have just done a quick 'Blog Highlight' on my blog and have featured you as I have loved visiting your blog in the last few weeks. Hope you don't mind me illustrating it with a photo of your votives...Jill :)x

  22. Oooh, loving the make-over vibe - particularly love how the paper on the shelves looks. All that sanding/undercoating is a bit of a pain at the time, but it's so worth it in the end, isn't it? Next on my make-over list is a child's rocking chair - hmmmm - feel it might need a stripy crocheted cushion...
    Hope you're not melting
    Emily x

  23. Great makeovers, what fab charity shop finds!

  24. Wow, your make overs are amazing.xx

  25. The bookcase bureau is gorgeous - what an unbelievable transformation. I love the different types of paper you have used too. Have you heard of Annie Sloan paint? You don't have to prep, just paint onto a clean surface. You can see my kitchen cabinets painted with it on my blog. So much simpler than sanding and priming. Now I feel the need for a trip to the local junk shop to find some furniture to paint and paper! x

  26. Oh! I have a little shelf of drawers similar to that, that is tucked into a corner because I don't like how it looks... I think I will be adding this to my loong list of "projects to try"! Thanks for a bunch of beutiful inspiration.

  27. Those makeovers look fantastic, well done! I love that shelving unit. I just came across your blog and thought I'd stop by and say 'hello' :) x

  28. I would love to see the rest of that childrens room. It looks adorable!


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