Adventures in upcycling


As some of you may know, I have been attempting to redecorate my office space for some time now. I started the process last summer when I began to throw out loads of junk I didn't need or want anymore, I then grabbed some old paint from the shed and revamped the walls. The walls were an awful bright yellow colour so the pastel green and purple are definitely a welcome change!

My office space is actually in my loft, and if anything, it is more of a junk room that I have claimed a corner of, however with all the old furniture that has been piled up there, I am sure I can convert it into the office of my dreams! 

I am pretty happy with how it has turned out so far, but there is still a long way to go. I am trying to do it for as cheap as possible, and I have discovered that upcycling is a brilliant way to achieve the desired look at a fraction of the price.

You can start simple by sanding down old wooden furniture and doors and giving them a new paint job; you can then take it a step further by buying new knobs and handles. I have been graciously gifted these Glass Cut Cupboard Knobs from Door Furniture Direct* to help me on my upcycling adventure.

I had been looking for a way to spruce up the cupboard doors without too much effort, and these knobs do the job perfectly. Taking a few moments to change the handles has made me feel a whole lot better about the state of my office. It has gone from a junk room with an office in the corner, to an office filled with junk, haha!

The door knobs were very easy to fit; they didn't come with any instructions, however, I found that it was pretty much self-explanatory. Unscrew old knobs, put new knobs on. Done! My only difficulty was getting the old knobs to come off - they have been there so long it took a good hard pull to get them undone.
With these new knobs, it is plain to see that the doors could now do with a new lick of paint!

Can we take a moment to appreciate how sparkly they are? They also feel really strong and sturdy, I wouldn't want to fall over and bash my head into one of them if you catch my drift.

The knobs retail at £6.78 a piece, which for me was really good value. Door Furniture Direct has a whole range of knobs and handles all perfect for upcycling. If you are anything like me, you will be head over heels for anything that is silver and shiny!

I also upcycled this shelving unit. It used to be a big rack which was used to store a bunch of rubbish, but after I had built my new bookshelves, I didn't really have enough room for it. So I chopped it in half, painted it white and hey presto! I gave the other half to my dad who promptly painted it green and put it in the garden.

I have definitely caught the upcycling bug and I can't wait to decide on my next project. Stay tuned for further updates on my office revamp!

Have you done any upcycling before?

*Products in this post were gifted in return of an honest no bias review

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  1. Upcycling is such a good thing to do, I've been doing that lot and it makes a wold of difference!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  2. I've not done any upcycling before but I definitely want too. I have a few drawers and wardrobes I'd like to change up! Fab post, it's made me want to get re-decorating haha x

    Tiffany x

  3. This looks great Kirstie! I put new doorknobs on everything- there's so many beautiful alternatives and the basic ones are usually so boring! Good luck with your office project, I'd love to see more posts like this. :)
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3

  4. I really like pretty door / drawer knobs (HAHAHA) they can really turn around a piece of furniture. I’d absolutely love to have my own office space, you’re so lucky!


  5. I love upcycling! I don't do it very often, but I'm always so inspired by other people's projects! :)

    Theresa |

  6. I need to get into upcycling! I'm so bad at crafty things but look how amazing those doors look with their new knobs! (I can't lie, I'm a child and laughed at the 'good hard pull' on the old knob hahah). It must feel so satisfying to know that you've given things a new lease of life too. You've done an amazing job!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  7. Those doorknobs are SO pretty, I need some! It's a shame I rent :( I can't wait to see what your office looks like when you're all finished.


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