How To Upcycle An Old Bowl In To A Sideboard Worthy Display Piece

How To Upcycle An Old Bowl In To A Sideboard Worthy Display Piece

Anyone else always on the hunt for unique and beautiful objects when styling their home?! If you’re like me then you don’t want the same old c@*p cluttering up the sides as everyone else. I so love the idea of curating a home that has its own personality full of things I have carefully chosen, curated or made myself. Items that have stories behind them and are talking points that spark creativity within those who come into my home and see them. - Need I not mention the conversation is a lot more exciting than ‘I love that where did you get it from’ - ‘ooooh thanks so much, Zara Home honey’ (no offence to Zara, I actually love a lot of their bits)! 
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So my latest mini upcycle project - asides from furniture painting and business as usual, was a decorative bowl upcycle that I’d wanted to try for some time. I wanted to create a large statement accessory that was beautiful and worthy of sitting upon a chest of drawers I had previously painted for our living room. The drawers are a statement in themselves but I hadn’t quite found the perfect styling combo for them. I had recently given the lampshade a little  je-ne-sais-quoi! (Eagled eyed amongst you see if you can spot the difference from this old picture below)! So now it was time to create a beautiful sculptural looking bowl to sit on the top of them!
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Chest of drawers black and white with stripes, French style upcycled furniture
These are the drawers in our living room that I wanted to create the bowl to sit upon
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The inspo for the intended look of the bowl came when I was scrolling online looking at some home accessories and different sideboard styling ideas. I saw decorative bowls like pictured below and knew I could make my own version for a fraction of the price. I also wanted something larger, with more balls stuck to it and finished in a different colour. Not to mention wanting the satisfaction of creating it myself and adding another ‘talking point’ to the ever growing list of talking points in our home.
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Bowls with decorative balls in a Google search
This is the type of results I got when I searched for a similar bowl in Google
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I headed down to a local charity shop and picked up the biggest bowl they had to offer for only £7.00 I already had the other items I needed from previous projects - wooden beads, super glue and black spray paint. So my total spend for this project was £7.00 🙌🏻
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Large blue ceramic bowl with yellow flower design
This is the bowl I paid £7.00 for in the charity shop, it’s large, heavy and in great condition
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Firstly I gave the bowl a clean, let it dry and glued the beads to the top edge of the bowl, I used varying sized beads to create interest. The odd bead did keep slipping down and falling off to begin with so I had to hold a few in place until they had properly set. I found the beads stuck and set better when there was the tiniest gap and breathing space between the beads as otherwise the weight of them would drag each other down. (What a beautiful, unintentional metaphor for carrying the weight of others)…anyhow…When the glue was fully dry and beads were set, (I waited until the next day to be sure) it was time to spray* the bowl.
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*When using spray paint don’t forget to wear a suitable mask and spray in a well ventilated area!!
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Large blue bowl with yellow flower design and wooden beads stuck to the top rim of the bowl, some have fallen off
Here is the bowl with the wooden beads stuck to the top rim of the bowl, you can see in this photo as I previously mentioned above - some of the beads had slipped and fallen off. After some patience and several attempts the beads all finally stayed put!
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I then placed the bowl on top of a paint tub that I didn’t mind getting spray on so that I could rotate the tub as I sprayed the bowl for an even coverage and no paint runs. You could use an old bucket or a box or physically move around the bowl yourself as you spray it. I personally find when spray painting that rotating the bowl/object is easier and gets better results. I only required one coat of black spray paint but if you are using a light colour over a dark bowl you may need a few coats to achieve a solid coverage! If you plan to display items in the bowl I would recommend spraying a sealer top coat to your bowl to give it better durability!
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Vintage bowl upcycled into stylish home styling accessory
 I love the way the light shines through between the beads
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Some tips for styling your decorative bowls and creating a beautiful display
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-Balance the display with a taller item, I have used a lamp to add varying height and interest, smaller items also help to balance the look out too
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-Hang a mirror, piece of artwork or print with similar colours to your decorative bowl/choose a decorative bowl that picks out colours from an existing piece or artwork or print. This will create a cohesive and curated look
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-Consider sitting your decorative bowl on top of a stack of coffee table books or just the one like I have
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-I have chosen to display my decorative bowl empty but that doesn’t mean I won’t add to it at any time to change up the look especially throughout the seasons. Some of you may want to style your bowls filled for extra interest, colour and texture.
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Here are just a few of my ideas of what you could use to fill them with-
-Fruit
-Moss balls/other live or faux greenery
-Pine cones/mini pumpkins (seasonal)
-Candles
-Decorative stones or crystals
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Cream and black striped chest of drawers with a lamp, candles, a Kelly Hoppen book and black upcycled bowl sat on top
 I love to sit items such as this bowl on top of coffee table books, if you have several you could create a stack of them before placing your bowl on top
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I recently upcycled an old IKEA mirror with a similar technique, using bobbins instead of beads. The mirror now looks totally unique and much more high end than an IKEA basics mirror! If you would like to see the mirror upcycle and want an easy tutorial so you can potentially do similar yourself, then leave me a comment! 🙋🏼‍♀️
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As always, thank you so much for reading, let me know if you give the bowl upcycle a go and send me your photos on Instagram 
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Stacey x
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