A few years ago I became inspired by the idea of recreating vintage furniture, If I’d jumped on board at the time and started upcycling furniture could have had an established furniture business by now. I however, didn’t, I concentrated on my University studys and left with a 2:1 degree, having rarely received a mark in any of my modules lower than this.
I finished University, and started looking for work, what I should have done, was dedicated myself to starting my own business, but I didn’t, untill this year, when I finally felt, enough was enough. So here I am, starting to bring everything today, and I want to share with you my first piece of upcycled furniture, what used to be my Grandfathers sisters sideboard. I didn’t mange to take a before photo, however I actually managed to find the exact same design and make in a charity shop a few months ago, out of sheer luck, so I bought it! (Pictured below) I now use it to file away all of my paperwork, materials, and use the top as a book shelf, with two vintage singers as book ends.
My original idea, was to sand the entire sideboard down, and re-paint it duck egg blue! I did sand it down, and I removed the doors for ease of painting, and decided to do these first. I decided that I would make the painting very free-flowing, like my paintings (Fine Artist) and if I didn’t like it, I could always paint over ! I didn’t start with a plan, I just painted what came to mind at the time. What I ended up with, was a beautiful expressive painting in gold leaf picturing the journey of dragons, leaving their castle, flying over the mountains, to set alight the village on the other side. Perhaps the design may not be as quaint as you may have originally thought!
Whilst I was checking them against the sideboard to see how they “flowed” together, I realised that I really loved the painted doors and the bare wood combination, and decided not to paint the entire sideboard.
I’m inspired a lot by the far east, and have always had a love of the fantasy genre, which I feel really shows in this upcycled vintage sideboard.
Sarah Louise Brnadon