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coat stand B4 makeover

In this age of out with the old and in with the new, I would be very much in the “keep the old” club. For the benefit of our local landfill and ultimately our planet, we should all adopt a sustainability and #upcycling ethos : . The recurring problem with this stance is that we never seem to have enough space or storage to keep these items on hand for future use. I regularly get contacted by customers posting a photo to my page, asking if I would like / have any use for this ? The majority of the time, I have to say no to a bookcase or sideboard because I simply don’t have the room or storage space. I generally call to a customer’s house collect their furniture, revamp and upcycle the piece and return with a completely transformed article.

However, In this particular case, the answer was yes. I was sent a photo of a very dated and sad looking hall stand, destined for the skip. In this case, it ticked all the boxes for what I needed. I had a narrow wall area in the hall, which needed a coat rack and /or some storage. I had looked on line with all the major suppliers but everything these days is made to cater for larger rooms and areas. With a little bit of tweaking it would fit perfectly.


Coat stand after makeover by The Upcycler

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The old hall stand hailed from a time when mahogany was your only choice. It was a bit like Ford’s Model-T car “you can have any colour you like, so long as it’s black”. However, once you looked past the dark colour, the stand had some lovely features, just a matter of letting them shine through. I decided on a rich blue for the woodwork, with faux marble inset and copper accent for the hardware and fittings. Finally, an inset geometric tile courtesy of my good friend Anne at to finish the look.

All in all, a very fulfilling project to undertake. A new piece of badly needed furniture, practical, quirky and most of all #upcycled.


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