'Stunning' Bunnings upcycle gives coastal glow-up to tired sideboard

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It's not just flipping houses that has become popular. Seeing some of the outstanding upcycling results, it's easy to understand why flipping furniture is also hot property.

Dated furniture can be given a new lease of life and refurbished to match your interior design. Hamptons and relaxed coastal trends remain popular, which suit Australia's laidback lifestyle.

When people see social media posts showing how someone has restored and refreshed an old, but solid, sideboard or cupboard, it's no wonder they're inspired to try it themselves.

A dated timber buffet photographed outside before upcycling with metal handles, four drawers and four doors.
The dated buffet that Beachside Boho Designs started with, before upcycling it. Photo: Facebook/@BunningsWarehouseAustralia

When Bunnings shared one fabulous makeover of a buffet on its Facebook page it was liked almost 1000 times.

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"Flip it! Check out this upcycle project: Beachside Boho Designs took a dated side buffet and turned it into coastal chic using Porta Timber dowel and Dulux Australia 'Lexicon' paint," the hardware store posted.

And fellow Bunnings shoppers loved the result.

"Looks fantastic!" one Facebook user wrote.

"This is stunning," another added.

The beautifully finished upcycled buffet by Beachside Boho Designs. The timber doors and drawers have been painted white but the top surface has been wood-stained.
The beautifully finished upcycled buffet by Beachside Boho Designs. Photo: Facebook/@BunningsWarehouseAustralia

It certainly inspired others to give it a go!

"Let’s flip some more furniture!" one person wrote, tagging a friend.

Refurbisher, Tanya of Beachside Boho Designs, only started restoring furniture recently.

"I started upcycling about five years ago, just experimenting on my own furniture," Tanya tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

"After I ran out of my own pieces, I did a piece to sell on Marketplace, which sold quickly (and) enticed me to keep going."

"I lost my husband quite suddenly just over two years ago, so it’s been very therapeutic for me," the mum of three added. "Now, through Facebook, Instagram and word of mouth, I’m super busy all the time."

Whether she can keep up with demand, now that she spends time with her grandchild and with another one the way, only time will tell.

However, she did have a few tips for would-be upcyclers.

Tanya's top tips

  • Always take the time to prep your piece – it’s the key to a quality finish.

  • Use quality products, it’s worth the expense.

  • Take your time, don’t rush and enjoy the process and finished product.

Amazing Bunnings laundry makeover

Another fabulous make-over that was shared on the Bunnings FB page recently was a run-down tin-walled laundry.

The refurbished room looked worlds apart from the original, with a lot of the products and paints sourced from Bunnings.

Before and after picture of a laundry renovation
This laundry renovation showed what you can do with a trip to Bunnings! Photo: Facebook/@BunningsWarehouseAustralia

"The 'beech laminated panel benchtop' and fresh coat of Dulux Australia paint brightened this space right up," Bunnings wrote on the post.

It's amazing what a bit of imagination, patience and hard work can achieve!

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