Since moving into our new home I have been loving the idea of upcycling furniture. With this in mind, I decided to spruce up some bedside tables, as we needed to order some for our bedroom. Nothing I was finding I liked was within budget so with that in mind I made them myself how I wanted them. Continue reading to see how I Upcycled Bedside Tables Using Cricut Explore Air 2 Vinyl.
WHAT YOU NEED
For this DIY you need a few items, but all of which comes to less than £40 for each bedside table.
- Bedside Tables X2 £30.99 each – eBay
- Gold Furniture Spray – Homebase
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut Weeder
- Transfer paper
- Cricut Scraper
- Gold Vinyl
- Large cutting mat
- Craft Knife
Steps to make Upcycled Bedside Tables
Making these bedside tables is so easy to do and in total takes about 2 days to finish. Below is a step by step guide on how to make them. Follow along with the YouTube video attached below also for a closer look at how they are made.
1. Un-box the bedside tables and take out the legs.
2. Spray paint the legs on a protective surface. Start with a light coat, leave 20 minutes and then repeat again with a thicker coat. Leave to dry for 24 hours. (Instructions may vary depending on spray paint type or brand, please check the label).
Using the Cricut Explore Air 2
3. On Cricut Design space select the ‘Flower Pattern Coffee Table’ and open it on ‘customize’, resize to the width and length of the drawer front.
4. Cut off the amount you don’t need, the draw front measures 17.5 inches, so I made the design that length, with about an inch excess just in case all around.
5. Prepare the cutting mat by sticking down the vinyl colour side up.
6. Follow instructions on Design space to cut the vinyl, as it’s such large pieces each one took 15-20 mins to cut.
7. Once cut in the machine, I sliced them into smaller sections to easily manage the transfer process onto the drawer front.
8. Weed the excess vinyl not needed using the weeder tool.
9. Using the transfer paper, peel off the clear sticker side and place on the vinyl, scraping with pressure to stick it down.
10. Start to peel away the plastic, taking the vinyl design with it.
11. Once all the vinyl design is stuck to the transfer tape, careful line up and stick to the draw. Again use the scraper and carefully take off.
12. Once this is done, line up the other pieces and trim the excess with a craft knife.
13. It is optional but you can seal the draw with a gloss or varnish (clear of course) Which I will do at a later date.
14. Build your bedside cabinets and they are ready to use!
The Finished Result
I love how the finished tables look in the room! For such a little cost they look so much more expensive. I have dressed the room with a bohemian and tropical feel with the cushions, gold lights and macrame wall hanging. The gold details make the decor look more luxurious and it’s so simple to do. I hope you enjoyed this upcycle DIY project, it can be applied to any items of furniture. See the video below for a run through on making them.