Today one of my little projects was featured on the Laura Ashley blog, which I’m super excited about. Jared and I have more than a couple Laura Ashley products in our home and I was so happy when they asked me to collaborate with them. I decided to make a curiosity cabinet and started with a bookcase. I managed to find a worn out bookcase for £15 on eBay, and after some TLC it was perfect for the job. The lady I bought it from made it during her school days, and for me that adds such a beauty to it.
When upcycling any furniture I always sand the whole item using medium sandpaper. This is followed by dusting it, hoovering it and wiping it down to remove any dust. The next step is to do two coats of basic white paint to even everything out. After the white paint is dry I then do two coats of the desired colour. Once the paint is dry, I lightly sand parts with fine sandpaper to give it a slightly worn affect.
Once I was happy everything, I lined the back and sides of each shelf with Laura Ashley wallpaper. I chose Lemon Grove, Ella Berry and Abbeville Grape for my project. To get the wallpaper looking flush I used wood PVA glue, scissors, a craft knife and a cloth. I decided not to wax the cabinet, but normally I would.
All that was left to do then was to fill it with nick nacks and lots of treasures. You can read the full featured post here.