Friday, 15 April 2011

Covering Furniture With Comics - £350 or £15?

Many years ago, before our eldest was born, we bought a wooden chest of drawers through the small ads in the local paper for £10.

It was bog standard, nothing startling, but a decent, sturdy item.

We got it home and then proceeded to cover it with pages from The Beano and The Dandy, which we then varnished over. We still have the drawers and everyone who sees them mentions how great they look.

In total they probably cost us £15 including the cost of the comics and the varnish. In today's world you could probably pick up some drawers from a car boot, recycling centre, freecycle etc. for a few pounds, and you can even get old comics from a similar source for a few pounds for quite a pile.

It's a great thing to do, especially when a little one is being born as it will always remind you of that time (even better if you buy a comic from the time of his/her birth to put in a prominent place on the furniture).

We cut out whole pages as a main theme/background, but also cherry picked some nicer front covers, logos and main characters to cut around and stick over.

The Beano and The Dandy have to be favourites of course - but you could equally choose a girls' comic (like Bunty) or if you prefer some science fiction (like 2000AD) or some war themed titles (like Victor).

So imagine my surprise on opening the magazine that came with last Saturday's Daily Mail to see a similar item (pictured here).

Ours cost £15. Hooray.

This one costs £350. Gulp.


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