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Upcycling on a budget: sticky back plastic

Cheap and cheerful ideas for a home makeover

Spruce up your dreary furniture without breaking the bank. Sticky back plastic is a quick and easy way of freshening up your space for less. From your bathroom to your bedroom, it can be used on cabinets, tables, walls and pretty much anywhere else you can think of.

We’ve selected three of our favourite upcycling projects. In this article we’ll show you how to recreate them yourself using sticky back plastic, and a few tools that you’re guaranteed to have lying around the home. Let’s get started

Sticky back plastic table makeover

Before after headboard

Headboards can often be overlooked, however updating their style can have a dramatic impact on the overall look of your bedroom. Give your room a reclaimed feel by using four different tones of d-c-fix woodgrain effect film. It’s surprisingly a lot easier to do than it seems…


Firstly, measure your headboard and figure out the size you’ll need the individual bricks to be. Measure them out and cut the shapes out of the film. Peel away backing paper and apply the film in a staggered formation. Smooth into place, trim, and don’t forget to cover the tops and sides!

Top tip

Don’t be tempted to remove the backing paper in one go. Peel it back little by little as you smooth the film into place working from side to side.

Before after chest of drawers

It’s a well-known trick that reflective surfaces will make your room appear bigger. So, if your room is feeling a little claustrophobic, give this project a try. These mirror effect chest of drawers are stylish, unique and a must for your bedroom.

Sticky back plastic mirror

Measure your drawers and mark the measurements on backing paper. Cut slightly larger than the drawer size (remember you can trim away excess once it’s applied). Smooth over the drawers, leaving the protective film in place. Trim away the excess so it fits over the drawers perfectly and remove the protective film. Voila, within just an hour you’ve got a totally revamped chest of drawers.

Top tip

To eliminate air bubbles prick the film with a pin and smooth out.