How to make a kitchen cabinet out of plywood

In our last Video on UpcyleTv, Stuart showed us how easy it was build a kitchen cabinet out some simple plywood, which is very handy if your on a budget as the plywood and if you already own all the nessersay tools then it would only cost you about 20 pounds per sheet! – The plans for the Kitchen Cabinet are at the bottem of the blog

Check out the Video On YouTube HERE

 

  Measure your wood! 😂

measuring wood

The process of making a Kitchen cabinet is really fun as it’s quite simple to do. once its done you get a lovely set of cabinets that you made yourself! Now before you start this epic quest to make your dreams come true, you do need the right kit. The tools that you will need are a Plunge saw and a track guide for it to sit on. This will get you some perfect straight cuts. It makes the job really easy.

Don’t worry if you don’t want to spend a bomb on tools that you might only use a couple times, there  are lower cost alternatives that you can look into. But the only other thing you will need is some plywood, a tape measure and a pencil. Simple stuff, so let’s get cracking!

STOP………..Cuttting time!

Cutting wood

before you start it ‘s Important to get the right measurements on your wood so make sure you get it right before cutting. when using a track guild and plunge saw, make sure the depth is set right.  If its deep too then you will cut rigth through onto your work bench.

Stuart is now marking up all the parts of the wood in which he wishes to cut to size.

As Stuart goes along on the track guid with his trusty plunge saw, OH NO DISASTER HAS STRUCK! Stuart has forgotten to plugin the vacuum, but don’t worry as its not a huge mess up and luckily he noticed it straight away, so no mess went everywhere!

After that little accident though, its smooth sailing and he gets the job done just fine.

The cut is made and Stuart is left with a nice pannel that fits his plans. Now lets make some more!

Once he has all his pannels cut to size, he can then start by clamping the wood together to prepare it for the pilot holes in the wood. (The pilot holes are where the screws will go, and are essential if you dont want problems later on then always drill some pilot holes!)

Wow look at that, Stuart has now fully assembeled his kitchen unit, and all he has to do is screw it all together and add the feet!

With the Unit nearly complete and the Pilot holes ready to fill with screws, Stuart starts by getting a better angle on the unit by laying it on its side, this way he can drill the screws in without messing it up.

TEA BREAK!

Tea break

Stuart is procrastinating on his tea break again. COME ON STUART, finish the Unit!

oh no, he has knocked over his drill while explaining the meaning of life, I guess we will never know…

The Unit looks great,  esspecially for 20 quid a sheet, thats just a bargin! Good Job Stuart!

If you like the thought of making your own kitchn cabinet, but maybe you are not quite ready to make something from scratch, then maybe watch  couple of videos on Upcycle Tv  for loads of ‘upcycle’ ideas.

The Plans!

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Its Done and ready to fit!

 

The Video

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Where can I sell my painted furniture
Where can I sell my painted furniture?

Where can I sell my painted furniture?

If you are asking yourself, where can I sell my painted furniture? Well, there are quite a few options available to you right now and in this blog, I’m going to list all your options, the pros and the cons of each.

Here is my compiled list of places to sell your painted/upcycled furniture online, if I have missed any that you feel should be included, please leave a comment or send Upcycle TV a direct message.

  • eBay
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Etsy
  • Vintup
  • Gumtree
  • Vinterior
  • Instagram & Social Media
  • Preloved
  • Your Own Website
where is the best place to sell upcycled furniture
After spending all the time and hard work on a piece, sometimes, you just don’t want to let go…

Let us look at each platform and its pros/cons

eBay
Probably the most established multi-selling platform on the internet, although it is not as popular as it once was, many complain that new items have swamped the site and this dilutes the impact that you might want when attracting buyers. The fees are fairly high, typically around 10% if you are including Paypal as the merchant to take payment. I hear many traders are disgruntled because they say that eBay provides too much protection for the buyer and not enough for the seller. I still believe eBay is a great way to sell specific items that are searched for, if you have a branded piece like Ercol, many buyers will search eBay for items like this.

Facebook Marketplace
The beauty of selling furniture on the Facebook marketplace is that it is free, so can be very useful for those that are starting out and need to keep costs down. The problem can create is that there is a lot of people selling on the site, this can dilute the search but also, it is often very competitive with buyers searching “something for nothing” and perhaps, not respecting the time taken to produce top quality work. On the flip side, it is very easy for poor quality to be offered up for sale which can damage the reputation of professional furniture painters trying to make a living. www.facebook.com

Etsy
Another well established and well-known site with a good reputation and a lovely functioning site. I know many sellers that do very well selling on Etsy, the only slight downside is that it isn’t dedicated to furniture, it is very craft-based with jewellery and items like this, the advantage of this is more traffic to the website which could attract potential buyers. A good all-round option with sensible fees. www.etsy.com

Vintup
The beauty of Vintup is that it is dedicated to vintage and upcycled furniture, it is also free to all sellers and buyers. There are no listing fees or commission on sales, however, there are options to pay a small monthly fee which give you an upgrade to your membership and some benefits when adding listings. The downside is that it is a new player and has some annoying glitches and low volume of traffic, that said, there is a lot of promise if the investment is made improving the site and attracting visitors. www.vintup.co.uk

Gumtree
A very basic site that offers free listings, Gumtree can be used to sell your upcycled and/or painted furniture but again, it is not dedicated and items can get lost in the noise. Worth testing as Gumtree can vary depending on the area, a good place to clear unwanted items fast, similar to the Facebook marketplace in many ways. www.gumtree.com

Vinterior
No longer dedicated to furniture, Vinterior offer everything from rugs to mirrors and lighting, it appears to be aimed at interior designers and the high end of the market so if you fall into this criteria then Vinterior is definitely worth looking at. The commission on sales is 20% so quite a large chunk of the pie is going to them on a successful sale, there is always the option to sell your pieces a little higher than you might have otherwise as the market is definitely there. I would expect that they are quite particular about the quality of listings so expect some stricter rules that the other platforms. www.vinterior.co

Instagram & Social Media
A great way to promote what you are doing is by using free social platforms such as Facebook Pages, Twitter and Instagram. Be aware that these sites are very noisy and it can be hard to get your pieces seen by actual buyers, it’s all good and well getting a tonne of likes from other furniture painters but that isn’t necessarily going to make a sale. My advice is to use social media but do not chase it, allocate 20 minutes or so a day to make a few posts. www.instagram.com

Preloved
I haven’t personally used Preloved but it appears to be in line with much of the others mentioned here, it is open to anything secondhand and it has an excellent user-friendly interface for buyers to find what they are looking for.  https://www.preloved.co.uk/

Your Own Website
If you asked me “where is the best place to sell my painted furniture” my first response would be “your own website” and this is probably the most underused of them all. A well built and managed website can outperform all of the above if done correctly. I honestly mean that, if you use WordPress and build a well-functioning website that is Google-friendly and attracts traffic, it will blow away the competition. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune and look fantastic, all it has to do is to function properly and just by following a few rules, you can absolutely smash it. I urge you to consider building a website and writing incredible content that people are interested in that relates to your service.

Don’t believe me that this the way? Look at what you are reading right now, a website with content written by me, yes it works.

Is making your own WordPress website difficult?

It was until I wrote this amazing program that teaches how to make a WordPress website for furniture painters! > Check out the course here <

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How to make a reclaimed wood feature wall
How to make a reclaimed wood feature wall

How to make a reclaimed wood feature wall

It is now September 2020, I’m trying to ignore the madness that is happening in the world and focus my energy on my projects, I am currently building a new workshop for Upcycle TV and I wanted a super cool backdrop for the channel.
I decided to make a reclaimed wood feature wall.
We had loads of scrap wood from all the renovation work that has been undertaken at the property, some of the timber is excess from the new building work but most of it is what was taken out from the previous occupier which was a Chinese takeaway.

How to make a reclaimed wood feature wall – Step by Step

1. I used CLS timber which fixed to wall by drill and screws – How to fix timber to a wall
2. These timber uprights were placed 600mm apart
3. The existing concrete was very unlevel so I used a long length of CLS to set the level at the bottom of the feature wall
4. Some of the wood used was from old pallets so we began splitting the boards
5. The next stage was to sort out all the timber into heights, I wanted each run of wood to be the same height
6. Start fixing the wood to the wall, ensuring that the wood overlays the wood fixed to the wall in a minimum of two points to ensure stability
7. Try to allow a careful balance of the distribution of the various coloured woods, for example; some of the wood was painted blue so this needed to be evenly placed across the wall
8. Working from the ground up all the way to the top of the wall

Video of How to Make a Wood Feature Wall
By Stuart Miles, Upcycle TV

This wall is going to be used for both the backdrop to my upcycle videos but also for professional business videos for https://developbusiness.co.uk so the setting has to be absolutely spot on, I cannot accept anything but top quality finish. There may be a TV that is used to display a logo or other information whilst filming so this also needs to be taken into account.

Pallet Wall Before
Pallet Wall Before
Pallet Wall After
Pallet Wall After

14th December 2020 – Update

The end wall with the window that you can see in picture two is now covered with OSB and I’m probably going to paint it white.

The next job on my list is to build a super awesome working bench and once complete, I can start making some really great YouTube videos for Upcycle TV, I’m really keen to get going now, it’s been a long time in waiting to get this workshop fully functional.

Most likely I will be putting a few tools on display on the OSB wall, this will double as much needed tool storage but will also look good when making Upcyle videos, however, if I am using the space for a studio for the business development videos, I can hide the tools from the shot. 3-4-The price of one 🙂

I will come back and finish this blog at a later date, hopefully, early January 2021 and I’ll be showing off the new workbench, if possible I will make a video of the design and construction of that.

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Upcycling Clothes with Olesya Lane

Upcycling Clothes with Olesya Lane

Upcycling really isn’t just about furniture! That’s why on episode one of Upcycle TV, I spoke about upcycling clothes with Olesya Lane. Olesya is an expert at recycling clothes and actually teaches those who want to learn how do it. Her work is outstanding and like all upcycled work, it has personality, history and a unique style.

During the podcast, I was absolutely shocked to learn that a pair of jeans takes 7000 gallons of water make, we actually have enough clothing on the planet right now to clothe the next six generations of the human race! These two facts should really hit home and make us think differently about our spending habits.

You can listen to the podcast where we discuss upcycling clothes on Spotify and Anchor.

Podcast on Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/show/1LwLiBlVwd6wg8WDQNvFkY

Podcast on Anchor

https://anchor.fm/upcycle-tv

A glimpse of some of the work by Olesya
upcycle clothes

I also recorded the podcast and put it on Upcycle TV YouTube channel

If you would like to find out more about the courses run by Olesya Lane, here is a link to her Website: https://slowfashionbus.co.uk/
Also the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/7craftsboutique

In these courses you will learn:

– How to avoid making expensive mistakes, buying something that won’t suit you
– Learn your colour palette
– Save a small fortune by upcycling your clothes and being able to re-sparkle your existing garments in different ways
– Learn useful creativity and imagination; this is beneficial for your mental wellness. This will be your self-expression, not someone else’s
– Curb your consumerism habits: this is so liberating
– Become much more sustainable and eco-friendly, whilst making your everyday clothing choices

The hot topic right now is Black Lives Matter ( BLM ) which is, of course a very important topic and I take nothing away from it by raising the point that we have slavery issues right now, today as I write this and the clothing industry is deeply connected. Another reason for us all to look at our spending habits, here is a very eye-opening piece written in the Guardian that highlights this issue.
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jun/11/racism-is-at-the-heart-of-fast-fashion-its-time-for-change?

We can all do with a bit of education on the matter, there is a great book called “essentialism” which I highly recommend, it has business message behind it but also about how we live our lives and I feel a really useful connection to this the above points raised.

Take a look at all our recommended books here

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