Upcycled Designer Cabinet And Stool

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Timber drawers and a piano bench are sanded, painted then updated with fabric for use in a home office. 

Dark stained timber furniture with good bones can easily be lightened up DIY to suit a contemporary colour scheme. 

This filing cabinet was the ideal size for a home office but didn’t suit the simple white desk. 

Refinishing it with a gloss white paint and customising the drawers with fabric and sleek metal handles created a new piece of furniture for the cost of the materials.

To match the drawers, an old piano stool that had lost its seat was also painted then reupholstered with the same fabric.

TIP The drawers can also be covered with paper, secure it to the faces with spray adhesive then seal the surface with a clear spray varnish to finish.

Upholster the stool 

Paint the timber then cover a new seat base with fabric and foam.

PREPARE THE SURFACE by removing the old varnish then sand the timber and fill any cracks with timber filler, applying a primer and two coats of paint.

MAKE A NEW BASE by cutting 12mm plywood to size using a jigsaw. Cut backing fabric and 20mm seat foam, securing it to the ply with spray adhesive.

COVER THE SEAT by positioning the fabric right side down on a flat surface, centring the padded base on top. Cut the fabric with 50mm extra all around then fold it over, stapling to the seat base with a staple gun. 

TO FINISH position the new seat in the stool frame, attaching it from underneath with nails secured into the plywood base.

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 Position the new seat in the stool frame, attaching it from underneath with nails secured into the plywood base

Upcycle the cabinet 

Step 1. Prepare the timber

Prepare the timber by cleaning with diluted sugar soap, use 120 grit abrasive paper to remove old varnish then take off the old handles, filling the holes and any cracks with timber filler and sanding with 180 grit paper.

Step 2. Apply the finish

Apply the finish using a brush and small roller to apply three-in-one primer, sealer and undercoat and
two coats of gloss white acrylic, sanding lightly between coats with 180 grit abrasive paper.

Step 3. Secure the fabric

Secure the fabric by measuring the drawer faces and cutting the fabric to size with scissors then apply PVA adhesive to the cabinet and position the fabric, making sure the pattern is centred and pressing firmly.

Step 4. Add new handles

Add new handles by marking the position of the holes on the fabric and cut an X with a utility knife. Drill the holes through the fabric and timber on a low speed with a twist bit, securing the supplied screws from the back.

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