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Transform Your Old Wardrobe Into Stylish Shabby-Chic Storage

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Updating your wardrobes is never a bad idea.  However, this can prove an expensive option if you have multiple in the home you want to replace.  Why not consider upcycling your old wardrobe into a smart, shabby chic bedroom storage facility instead of throwing it out?  Read on to find out how to do it.

What you'll need

  • a jig saw
  • sand paper
  • paint and paint brush
  • handles/knobs
  • screwdriver
  • chicken wire
  • wire cutters
  • wooden battens
  • strong wood glue
  • staple gun

You can find everything that you need for this project in your local DIY store.  Although this is a simple project, a little DIY knowledge is useful so you might want to recruit an experienced helper if you're new to DIY.

How to do it

  1. First of all, remove the doors and handles from the wardrobe.  The handles should just unscrew, and the doors can be removed by unfastening the hinges with a screwdriver.  If you're not replacing the hinges, put them and their screws somewhere safe.  
  2. Now use a jig saw to cut out the inset panels in each of the doors, leaving you with a 'window' in the door.  
  3. Your next job is to sand down the wardrobe to remove any traces of old paint or stain and to make sure that there are no rough edges.  
  4. Now paint the wardrobe, inside and out, with the colour of your choice.  Allow the top coat to dry, and then add a second coat if necessary.  
  5. To create the shabby-chic look, use fine-grained sandpaper to distress the surface of the new paint.  Sand some areas harder than others so that the old wood is revealed for a more deeply distressed look.  
  6. Now add new handles or door knobs to the wardrobe by simply screwing them into place.  
  7. Now it's time to cover the door 'windows' with chicken wire.  This allows you to display your best jumpers or linens, making a useful and decorative storage facility.  Cut the wire so that it's slightly larger than the 'window' and staple it to the door using a staple gun.  
  8. To finish off the 'windows,' fix wooden battens over the chicken wire to form a neat frame.  
  9. Paint the wooden battens to match or contrast with the doors.  
  10. Finally, rehang the doors on the wardrobe.

Instead of throwing out your old wardrobe, why not recycle it into a stylish shabby chic bedroom storage unit by following the instructions given above?