Do you feel like your home needs a refresh? Are you thinking of buying new furniture without breaking the bank? You might want to consider upcycling some pieces.
Upcycling is one of the most affordable ways to breathe new life into your home. If you're looking for a way to spruce up your rooms, try giving your existing furniture a make-over. Alternatively, if you're moving into a new home and are working to a strict budget, you might want to consider buying some new items and spending the rest of your furniture budget on upcycling. This will ensure your home has an aesthetic unique to your taste and personality. After all, you don't want to run the risk of having your bedrooms looking like the inside of a catalogue.
You don't have to be a carpenter or an artist to upcycle your furniture. Upcycling could be as easy as replacing the handles on doors or drawers.
Another easy way to rejuvenate your old wooden furniture is by giving it a lick of paint or sanding it down and restaining it.
Intermediate upcyclers should consider buying new fabric and re-upholstering chairs.
Create a coffee table by sticking a glass plate on top of an old trunk.
What you will need
You don't need much to upcycle. A quick trip to your local hardware store and you can find most of the tools you'll ever need. A starter kit should include: staple gun, sandpaper, paint brushes, scraper, hammer, paint primer.
Where to find the furniture?
If you're looking to buy furniture to upcycle, you'll have to be resourceful. Keep an eye out for garage sales, attend a flea market on the weekends, pop into your local op shop and scan Gumtree every now and then. You're not guaranteed to find something all the time but every now and then you'll come across a treasure that's waiting for its makeover.
Remember, when you're choosing furniture to upcycle, solid wood is often the best choice, as it's a more robust material and will stand up well to sanding, staining and painting.