Design, Interiors & Lifestyle Blog
Design, Interiors & Lifestyle Blog

How to upcycle bedside cabinets with Aldi’s Upcycling range.

(Paid Partnership with Aldi)

I am always up for a challenge and a good cause, so was super excited when Aldi asked me to participate in their upcycling and DIY campaign in support of Teenage Cancer Trust.

This campaign was also to celebrate the launch of Aldi’s Upcycling range which are now available in their shops.

A bit of a spoiler I know, but you get to see the finished product first. I have been on the hunt for bedside cabinets for a while, and managed to find 4 similar cabinets at my local second hand store.

Here’s one of the four.

I’ve decided to upcycle all four and put a pair for auction in support of Teenage Cancer Trust. Can you believe I have never used a sanding machine before? Usually, I would just use a piece of sanding paper to rub down surfaces before painting.

Imagine my delight when I found out that Aldi now sells one. This Aldi Workzone Detail Sander was so easy to use. I felt like a pro sanding the rough and uneven edges away from my vintage bedside cabinet. upcycle bedside cabinets After sanding, I couldn’t wait to get painting. As you can see, a lot of painting was done. Aldi sells a collection of chalk paint and I was sent this Dove Grey tin of paint. The paint was a matt finish with virtually no odour.

The paint dried really quickly, about 1 hour to touch dry and 4 hours to full hardness. As you can see my cabinets are not a Dove Grey, but the Dove Grey was used.

I applied it to the interior of the cabinets. In true Little Big Bell style, I went for my signature sorbet colours for the upcycle bedside cabinets.

I call the look “Miami Gelato” because they look like the painted houses on South Beach, and also look like ice cream.

The top and sides of the cabinets were painted in a light pink. I’ve left all the borders white, so that the colours pop. I’ve decided on yellow for the doors, and blue and green for the cabinet drawers and bases. I replaced the drawer and cabinet knobs with porcelain ones, that I dipped in paint, then hung to dry. This gave the drawer knobs a smoother look, than when painted.

You could also spray paint the knobs, and Aldi now stocks a variety of spray paint colours and effects. Here’s a little side profile of the cabinets. Don’t the colours look pretty. I’ve made myself a similar pair of cabinets.

So, whoever wins the charity auction, we will be twin owners. There will be only 2 pairs of cabinets like this in the world.

The auction will be a silent auction, so DM me on instagram if you would like to place a bid. All proceeds goes to Teenage Cancer Trust. As I mentioned previously, Aldi now sells a collection of spray paint.

I’ve decided to spray paint the drawers of my bedside cabinets gold. Word of advice, you must wear a mask when you spray paint. Whilst the outside of my cabinet drawers look a candy pastel tone, open them up and you will see the gold spray paint surprise. I’m really quite pleased with how the ‘ upcycle bedside cabinets’ project has turned out.

To show the tables off, I’ve decided to put them together with some styling ideas. The art prints in similar colours really accentuate the pastels of the cabinet.  Stack some books with pretty pastel spines to make all the colours pop. To add some warmth, I’ve placed my rainbow coloured rug in front of the cabinets. So what do you think? Don’t these colours just scream Summer? I had so much fun with this project. I hope some of you will participate in the Instagram silent auction soon.

Alternatively, you can DM me now on Instagram @littlebigbell to place your bids.

All the money raised goes to Teenage Cancer Trust . They provide specialised care and support for young people with Cancer.

( All photography, styling and DIY are by Little Big Bell. This upcycle bedside cabinets post is a paid partnership with Aldi. )

Creating patterned Stair Risers with Farrow & Ball

May seems to be the month for home revamps.

Hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve done so far to my son’s bedroom,  my workspace and my newly upholstered sofa.

Today’s post is all about being creative with paint.

It’s all about the creative use of paint beyond walls, and to consider the room as a whole, taking into account the ceilings, floors and trims.

I’ve decided to paint my stairs. My stairs is a Farrow & Ball Cornforth white which has a greyish tone to it.

There are so many ways of how you could add colour to your stairs.  I toyed with the idea of painting the risers in blocks of different pastel shades or a blue ombré effect but in the end, we opted for stencilling.

The thought of stencilling may fill some with dread, especially if you are imagining that 1980s stippling effect with paint.

I was happy with stippling, as long as the end result was not a dot and speck effect. We decided to use a Farrow & Ball wallpaper pattern for the design. I chose the Enigma pattern that I previously featured for Farrow & Ball’s 70th anniversary. Before the work on the stairs got started, I had the hallway painted in a Farrow & Ball All White. creating patterned stair risers with Farrow & Ball Then came the fun part, the selection of colours. My advice here is to get tester pots to test against the background colour. Each of Farrow & Ball paint colours have a complementary white which will subtly balance the scheme for a more considered feel. I picked Dayroom Yellow,  Blue Ground, Nancy’s Blush, Green Blue and Pink Ground to go against the Cornforth White. What do you think of the new look?

Hope this has inspired you to create your own patterned stair risers at home.  The rich colours and surprising finish combinations of Farrow & Ball paints are amazing. You can add colour to the most unexpected of places, creating a striking design statement at home.

I’ve included the video shot in my home, showing the whole process with steps explained.

Finally, wishing you all a wonderful weekend and new start to your week.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.  Robin Kitchin  filmed the video and Bryony of Christie Decorating  did the painting and stencils. This post has been sponsored by Farrow & Ball).

A great sofa upholsterer in London.  My collaboration with Sharp & Simpson and Linwood Fabrics.

How have you been? I’ve been so busy redecorating my home these last few weeks.

One of the rooms that needed a revamp, was my workspace on the top floor of my Victorian house.

I have since repainted that room, and acquired a new desk and sofa too.

My workspace reveal will be in different posts, starting with my new sofa and art gallery wall today.

There are two sofas in my study, one of which is this blue vintage sofa (above). It was starting to look a bit tired and worn, so I decided to get it reupholstered. sofa upholsterer Ta-dah! Here it is. what do you think?

I’ve been searching for a good London upholsterer for a while, but haven’t had much luck, until now.

Imagine how happy I was when I stumbled upon Sharp & Simpson’s Instagram account, where I saw the wonderful way in which they transformed old sofas into bespoke new pieces.

I got in touch with Micaela Sharp, one half of Sharp & Simpson, and we decided to collaborate together on my sofa transformation. Sharp & Simpson co-owned by Micaela sharp and Steve Simpson, is an upholstery company servicing all of London and Kent.

Micaela met Steve at the upholstery course where he was teaching. Steve has been an upholsterer for over 35 years and knows all there is to know about the trade.

Micaela offers a fresh new approach to upholstery which has proved popular.  Sharp & Simpson were featured on BBC 1 recently in Flipping Profit, where they shared their passion for saving and up-cycling unwanted furniture. Here’s a little bit of the process:

They stripped down the sofa which revealed a broken frame, but luckily managed to fix it.

They replaced the back strut with new wood, and then stripped and sanded the legs before waxing.

The sofa was finally webbed, covered in hessian, and then new foam was added.   The old cover was used as templates for the new lush blossom pink Tango Velvet cover by Linwood.  Flamingo Pink contrast piping was made, and the cover was sewn together. I also chose the same Flamingo colour for the sofa’s buttons. Tango Velvet is a collection of plush Italian velvets by Linwood, in contemporary colours with the added practicality of a stain resistant finish.

Since discovering Linwood, via Micaela, I’ve been stalking their marvellous creations on Instagram.

Linwood are indeed designers of beautiful fabrics and wallpapers, from classic to contemporary. They really do combine beauty, quality and practicality in all their designs. upholsterer in London for sofas I was initially going to paint a colourful backdrop, but decided last minute to keep it white.

I’ve added a gallery wall held up with Command wall strips, to provide some contrast to the sofa. The strips are great because it means my prints can be hung without the need for nails in the walls.

Talking about artwork, I have two new art prints on my wall.

I do love a good slogan print. The pink ‘Te Amo’ and ‘real Queens fix each other’s crowns’ prints are by the wonderfully talented Emily of Doodle Moo. Did you spot that sparkly droplet garland below the art prints?

It was a special gift to me by Coral Atkinson, the lovely owner of Velveteen Babies. Isn’t it just the cutest? I’ve styled my sofa with a variety of cushions, including one made by Sharp & Simpson in the same Flamingo velvet and blossom pink Linwood Tango fabric.

I am so grateful to Sharp & Simpson and Linwood Fabrics for rescuing my sofa and breathing new life back into it.

The whole designing process and delivery of the final product was so effortless and perfect. I am so happy with how everything has turned out.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.  I will be back soon to reveal other parts of this room. Can’t wait to show you. Have a gorgeous week all.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. )

Search the blog