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Upcycling furniture is a cost effective and planet friendly way of giving your home a fresh new look. You don’t need to be a DIY expert to get started. Here are a few easy tips on how to get started:
Choosing the right piece
You may have an old piece of furniture lying around the home or have spotted something that is the ideal shape and size in a charity shop but it's not quite the right colour. Make sure you check the furniture is structurally sound before you use it and if it's an older piece of furniture that there is no woodworm present.
A lick of paint can go a long way when breathing new life into a piece of furniture. Old drawers and dressers are an easy place to start, sand back the original paint or varnish and choose a paint colour that goes perfectly with your home. You don’t always need to play it safe, using multiple colours on one piece of furniture can give a huge impact to your room.
If you’re feeling adventurous, stenciling is a great way to add a personal touch to your piece. Try using a base colour with a contrasting stencil for a bold look. Don’t worry if your stencilling goes wrong you can always paint over it and start again.
The finishing touches are what will really make your furniture pop and complete the look. Adding new handles to dressers, doors or wardrobes can completely transform your furniture. You can make new handles from anything from old keys to agate crystals or you can search online or in hardware stores for something that matches your interiors perfectly.
You can really get creative with upcycling furniture, there are no right or wrong answers and we can guarantee that once you get started you will be upcycling the whole house!