Bloggers upcycle budget Aldi furniture

Thrifty bloggers transform budget furniture into VERY expensive-looking homeware in upcycling challenge (and reveal how YOU can do the same)

  • Four British bloggers took on interiors projects for Aldi’s Upcycling Challenge
  • They transformed furniture into high-end homeware using supermarket tools 
  • Finishing products will be auctioned to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust

A group of thrifty bloggers have revealed how to revamp cheap furniture on a shoestring with some simple DIY hacks.

The women took part in Aldi’s upcycling challenge and were tasked with transforming budget pieces into high-end homeware which will be auctioned off for charity.

Using tools from the supermarket’s new upcycling range, the four women gave second-hand pieces and Ikea products a stylish makeover.

The finished pieces will now be sold on eBay with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.  

Bedside drawers 

Price: £80 each 


Blogger Little Big Bell transformed these £80 bedside cabinet drawers (before, left, and after, right) to celebrate Alidi’s new upcycling range which will raise money for charity


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London design blogger Geraldine Tan, aka Little Big Bell, transformed two second-hand bedside cabinets with a clever use of pastel paint.

She used a sander to rough and uneven edges away before painting with a matte chalk paint base, covered with ‘signature sorbet colours’, and added porcelain drawer nobs.

Interiors expert Tania James, aka Ms Pink (@quirkandrescue): commented: ‘The gentle pastels used on these bedside cabinets really create a focal point, and leaving the slats in the original white makes for a funky, retro look that can be achieved very quickly.

‘The plain white has been transformed and these cabinets would be perfect in a colourful children’s bedroom.’

Children’s kitchen 

Price: £60 


Olivia Nicole Silk, of LustLiving, decided to transform an Ikea children’s play kitchen (left) and accessories into a modern kitchen unit (right). The finished pieces will now be sold on eBay with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust

Blogger Olivia Nicole Silk started by sanding down the surfaces that needed painting, then covered them with dark charcoal-coloured paint. The finished pieces will now be sold on eBay with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust as part of Aldi’s upcycling challenge

Lust Living blogger Olivia decorated the kitchen fixtures with gold spray paint. The finished pieces will now be sold on eBay with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust

Olivia Nicole Silk, of LustLiving, decided to transform an Ikea children’s play kitchen and accessories into a modern kitchen unit.

She started by sanding down the surfaces that needed painting, then covered them with dark charcoal-coloured paint.

She then gave the kitchen worktop a granite effect with a light stone spray paint, before spraying the crockery and kitchen fixtures gold to look like bronze. Finally, she added some stick-on tiles to a piece of plywood on the back ‘wall’.

Tania said: ‘Who said upcycling was just for adults? This is a fantastic update of a standard play kitchen. 

‘What child from a design-conscious home wouldn’t love this? It makes a statement and could help kids feel like they were really just like Mum and Dad, cooking and cleaning in a stylish kitchen.’

Barista table 

Price: £149.99 


Dee Campling, a Cheltenham-based interior designer and stylist, transformed this £149.99 console table (left) using white chalk paint, spry paint and a sander (before, right)

After sanding down the edges, Dee sanded down the corners of the table using a sander. The finished pieces will now be sold on eBay with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust

Interior designer Dee sprays the table top  a deep grey colour using a stone effect spray paint. She was talking part in Aldi’s Upcycling Challenge to raise money for charity

Cheltenham interior designer and stylist Dee Campling decided to up-cycle a console table and change it into a ‘home barista station’.

She purchased a cheap console table in white, sanded it down with a detail sander, and sprayed the chrome handles copper before coating the top surface with Dark Stone spray paint. 

Finally, she upcycled some old pots and jam jars to use as straw and sugar holders, with a variety of paints and sprays.

Tania commented: ‘This upcycle is a brilliant example of how new handles, a different top and a coat of paint can transform a piece of furniture into something much higher quality, more desirable and innovative too.’ 

Cabinet 

Price: £55 


Blogger Francesca, of Fall For DIY, transformed a simple £55 Ikea cabinet into a stylish duck egg blue number with ridges for added character. The finished pieces will now be sold on eBay with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust as part of the Aldi project

Fall For DIY blogger Francesca Stone, from Birmingham, was tasked with transforming this white cabinet (£55) into a modern, pale blue piece of homeware.

She began by sanding down the surface, and applied three layers of blue paint (a pale pastel hue mixed in with a little bit of black).

After attaching a wooden underframe, Francesca stuck on some thin strips of wood with glue to create ridges.

Tania said: ‘With just a light lick of paint and some retro wooden legs, this wooden cabinet has been given a whole new lease of life.It’s gone from dull to delightful in a few simple steps.’

She added: ‘Giving a very ordinary piece of furniture an extraordinary look needn’t be expensive.

‘Much can be achieved just with paint, and choosing complementary colours can easily change the look, feel and even the value of a piece. 

‘Upcycling high-street or second-hand furniture is a fantastic way to achieve the look of something much more expensive on a lower budget, it just takes a little imagination.’

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