My Top Tip for DIY Up – Cycling

Inspiration BoardRecently I was asked for my top tip for home DIY by Legal & General. My advice was “ If you’re embarking on a DIY project – make up inspiration boards with all the colours, materials and ideas that you have in mind – this will save you no end of time and money in the long run.” I really believe making up a board will help focus you on your goal, style wise for long term aesthetic enjoyment.

This one I made up was for when we were doing up our bathroom. Put together in the old fashioned way by pinning pics on to a board – I like doing it this way as it’s is easy to move the photos around to co – ordinate and try palettes against each other. Of course, Pinterest is brilliant for sourcing images and it’s all at your fingertips. I use it on a daily basis for my project ideas and finds.  Wall Cabinet

I also then used the Inspiration Board to choose some colours and ideas for my DIY up – cycling project which, as you can see was a little bathroom cabinet because as well as needing extra storage, I wanted to add an extra pop of colour to the room because the walls are white, as are the metro tiles, with floral roller blinds and a stripy bath mat and chrome faucets.

Key words had helped as I had wanted the bathroom to have elements of vintage but with a dash of kitsch. All of these nuggets of inspiration helped me pick a colour and knob for the cabinet.

Up Cycled CupboardHere it is finished. I plumped for a blue green colour in the end with a white Victorian style handle, which is perfect as it doesn’t look out of place being a gentle hue, but definitely adds some depth and extra character to the room.

Are you embarking on any projects in the near future ? Do you have any advice to share ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

You can find my tip ( at number 1 !) and all the other great blog advice here.

Lucy x

Sample paints in this post are Designers Guild and the knobs are by Bombay Duck.

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