Upcycling: how to turn your old sideboard into a designer piece
- Cost40-85 £
- Duration3 - 8 h
Have you ended up with your grandmother’s old wooden sideboard and are you considering throwing it away? Why not give it a new lease of life instead? We’ll show you how you can easily transform it into a stylish sideboard. The real highlight here is the minimalistic-looking rope aesthetic that lends your vinyl collection or coffee-table books a sense of organisation and structure.
Remove the doors, shelves and back panel
First things first: use a cordless screwdriver to remove the doors, the back panel and the shelves from your sideboard so that you’re left with just the body. Use the drill bit that matches the screwhead. You can use a magnetic drill bit holder to make this easier. If you’re planning to replace the legs of the sideboard, leave them attached for the time being. This will make the rest of the work easier.
Sand the sideboard
You should sand all of your sideboard before giving it a new coat of paint. Use the YOUseries Sander together with the YOUseries Vac to do this. The Dust Extractor will make sure the sawdust goes straight into the vacuum.
Measure the holes for the rubber cord
Now it’s time to design the rope aesthetic for the inside of your sideboard. Start by marking out the drill holes through which the rubber cords are going to pass. Do this by using a folding rule and a pencil to mark out two opposite-facing rows of crosses on the top and underside of your sideboard. The rows can either run horizontally or vertically to the sideboard – or in both directions as in our example, with the left half running horizontally and the right half running vertically. The crosses should be equidistant.
Drill the holes in rows
You’re now ready to start drilling. Select a drill diameter that matches the thickness of the rubber cords so that they fit through the holes easily.
Paint the sideboard
You need: Paint roller, Wood paint
The next step is to give your sideboard a new coat of paint. We recommend using wood paint that is dark enough to cover the old grain such as black or grey. Then, let the paint dry sufficiently.
Thread the rubber cords
You need: Gold-coloured rubber cord
Take the rubber cord and thread it through the holes to form your chosen pattern. Secure the cord at both ends with a simple knot. Tip: The knots are least noticeable if you knot the cord towards the back of the underside of the body.
Attach new legs
You need: YOUseries Drill, YOUseries Bit and Drill Set, metal feet, matching screws (Make sure you factor in the thickness of the bottom of the sideboard when selecting the length of the screws, otherwise you run the risk of them coming through the other side)
If you want, you can finish your sideboard off by also giving it new feet. For example, sideboard feet made from gold-coloured metal match its new aesthetic. You can generally screw these onto the underside of the sideboard in no time at all.
Will your grandmother recognise her old sideboard?