Upcycling With Currys

I was pretty apprehensive about heading to an upcycling event. I always have grand ideas of crafting and DIY but they generally go no further than my bazillion Pinterest boards, my shelf full of scrapbooks or an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition marathon. But hey, being challenged with something new brings out my stubborn side and so I headed out in a horrific rain storm to trek all the way to The Old School Club in Battersea to upcycle washing machine drums with Currys*.

The venue was a crafter’s paradise decked out with paints, fabrics and knick-knacks to inspire even the most artistically challenged blogger. I started snooping out colour schemes I might fancy but then I found the biscuit table and kind of lost track of what I was supposed to be doing.

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We were given the option of what we wanted to make from discarded washing machine drums: a lamp, side table, footstool or shelf. Having recently broken my living room lamp (I may have been drinking…), I decided to replace it with something homemade in the colour scheme I’ve envisaged my dream living being for quite some time: grey with hints of gold in order to match my beautiful vintage armchair.

We started by picking our drums and then set to work with painting them. It was weirdly therapeutic but it took a while for each coat to dry so we had to exercise a little patience. Luckily I was stood with Lisa and Hannah and we had all picked similar colours so there was lots of sharing and caring, which was then followed by weird looks when I stood in front of portable heater to dry my drum a bit quicker!

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When it got to the down and dirty hardwork with power tools, I was relieved to know there was help at hand as the thought of using a drill bloody terrified me. There was a lot of screeching and sparks flying to get holes drilled in the right places and then with a bit of patience, my wooden legs (which I think were old table legs but now painted navy) were screwed into place, and a lightbulb bracket put in. Luckily for me, it turns out my boyfriends can also rewire a plug (who knew?!) so when I lugged it all home it actually worked! It may not be the prettiest thing in the world, but I made it, so it’s staying put!

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Massive thanks to Currys and Joe’s Bloggers for inviting me down. All opinions are my own and unbiased.

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