We’d had some work done in our kitchen that left a lot of unsightly holes in the wall so I was looking for a picture or something to cover it up. I come across this pine bookcase at a car boot sale for a couple of quid and knew I could do something with it. As I’m a bit OCD about having lots of stuff on the kitchen worktops, I figured I could use this to cover up the holes and be functional too.
Untreated pine is so easy to work with. I gave it a wash over with warm soapy water and let it dry. I applied 2 coats of emulsion with a 2″ wide paintbrush using a tester pot of Dulux hot pink (watered down approx four parts paint to one part water). I backed it with a piece of hardboard that was left over from an old kitchen unit then mounted upside down on the wall. I’ve since added some cup hooks to the lower back panel for key storage.
Cost total £2.60
(£2 shelf unit, paint already had free with a coupon from the local paper and the hardboard was from the shed, cup hooks 60p )
Notice the old coffee jars for tea, coffee, cocoa and sugar storage – I love reusing!
Have you transformed any old furniture with a bit of paint, or given something a new purpose? Let me know in the comments below.
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