DIY: £1 Wooden Shelf Upcycle ♥

Last month I posted about this wooden shelf that I had bought from the carboot sale for £1. It had already been given a pretty poor coat of white paint by the previous owner, and overall it was really tatty and needed a good clean up and make over. I could see the potential in it immediately and snapped it up.

I thought it would be absolutely perfect in my dressing room for displaying my pretty perfume bottles. I could picture in my head how I wanted it to look, and the exact space I knew it would fit into. So I quickly got started on my new project (after seeking some inspiration from here) giving the whole thing a quick sand to get all of the old paint off, and then gave it a few coats of my own white paint until it was 100% coated.

DIY: £1 Wooden Shelf Upcycle ♥

Once it was dry, I decided to use some more of the gorgeous wallpaper I’ve used on previous projects as the backing to the shelves. The wallpaper is called ‘Songbird’ and has cute little birds on it in gorgeous pastel colours.  I picked up a big bit of the wallpaper from Wilko as they allow you to take free samples, which always come in handy for projects!
It was a bit tricky cutting out the paper to the exact size as each shelf was a slightly different height, but I managed to do a fairly even job of it. The wallpaper was stuck to the back of each shelf using PVA glue (my trusty friend). I was so impressed with the finished result, and it fits into my dressing room just perfectly! I have put all of my favourite perfumes on it, which I think looks pretty as well as being practical storage space. Not bad for £1!

I also thought I’d share that on the 22nd August it’s the first ever National Restoration Day! Preloved will be celebrating all things up cycled, vintage and restored. Second hand doesn’t necessarily mean second best, and it’s always better to minimise wastage by re-using and recycling whatever items you can.

With a little bit of TLC, you can restore items whilst saving yourself some money, and this is what Restoration Day is encouraging. If you have a quick search, there are some great vintage items crying out to be upcycled! I especially love this dressing table, wooden chest, and oak dresser, which would all look amazing with a lick of paint, and much cheaper than buying something naff from Ikea (much prettier too!). If you’re proud of something you’ve upcycled, then why not enter your project photos into their competition to win a holiday!

What do you think of my latest DIY project? 

 DIY: £1 Wooden Shelf Upcycle ♥

DIY: £1 Wooden Shelf Upcycle ♥

DIY: £1 Wooden Shelf Upcycle ♥

DIY: £1 Wooden Shelf Upcycle ♥

DIY: £1 Wooden Shelf Upcycle ♥

DIY: £1 Wooden Shelf Upcycle ♥
As I had a bit of wallpaper left over, I also decided to give this little wooden box a quick make over too! As it’s made from raw state wood without any finishing, it was so easy to just give it a lick of paint, and then I also used the wallpaper again to decorate the top and the front of the box. 
DIY: £1 Wooden Shelf Upcycle ♥
DIY: £1 Wooden Shelf Upcycle ♥




  1. August 15, 2015 / 11:11 am

    Wow, those selves are absolutely beautiful! I'm so impressed you did it so cheap and the box is also fantastic. It makes me want to do some DIY.

    Rachael at

  2. August 15, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    Those look beautiful! I love doing simple DIY like this, although I haven't done in so long. Using the wallpaper is a great idea 🙂
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  3. August 15, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    You have done a very good job renovating an old piece of furniture. It looks like something you would pay a lot of money for in a shop.

  4. August 15, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the wall paper! The shelves look so cute!

  5. August 15, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    Oh that looks so pretty, I love that wallpaper so much and the little wooden box is gorgeous 🙂

  6. August 15, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    OMG The shelf looks amazing! I can't believe you can do this with just a bit of paint and wallpaper! I'll definitely need to give this a try now, and the wooden box is adorable! <33

    Minae ♥ Minaekei

  7. August 15, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    Ahhhh amazing, £1!! Love the wallpaper idea xx

  8. August 15, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    Omg they are so cute =] good job

  9. August 16, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    that is freakin' beautiful! you are so talented, you should upcycle furniture like this and sell it on!

  10. May 19, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Hey Victoria, these are some nice buys. I've also read more articles like this from your category and would love to see that you post more articles like this one in the future!

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