18 May 2021
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Ryan Colson Top Tips For Upcycling Furniture

Upcycling furniture is a great way to hone your DIY skills and create a completely unique new feature for your home. The satisfaction of seeing and using a piece of furniture that you have crafted makes it more than worth the time and effort.

Not to mention, upcycling is also much better for the environment than throwing out your old item of furniture and ordering a new one online. Ultimately upcycling is a much more fun, creative and environmentally friendly alternative.

As a n this post, our CEO Ryan Colson has put together his top tips for upcycling furniture.

Keep it Practical

You might already have a piece of furniture in your home that needs sprucing up, or perhaps you were thinking of sourcing something from a charity shop for a new project. Either way, you need to consider the size for practicality.

So if you live in a small flat, revamping a grand piano might not be the best idea!

Additionally, if this is your first upcycling project, it’s a good idea to start small and work your way up. For example, you could sand and repaint a coffee table to give it a fresh new look.

Be Prepared

If you can’t wait to get your hands dirty, it can be tempting to rush into a new project without thinking it all through first. However, in doing so, you’ll likely not be properly prepared.

Before you begin your upcycling project, dedicate space and time to work on it and gather all the tools and equipment you might need.

Don’t forget to wipe all of your furniture down with a damp cloth to remove dust and cobwebs and let it dry thoroughly before you start your DIY activities.

Find the Right Paint

Most furniture upcycling projects will require paint, especially if you’re working with wood. In this case, you may be wondering what the best paint for upcycling furniture is.

After you have prepared and primed your wood (and removed previous paint, if relevant), you can use any wood paint to paint your furniture.

Consider where the piece of furniture will be placed in the home once it is revamped, as some paints only suit certain environments. Oil-based wood paints, for example, are recommended for use only in the bathroom and kitchen.

Acrylic wood paint and alkyd wood paint are other, less toxic options to consider.

Don’t forget to finish your work with a varnish to keep it protected for longer.

Attention to Detail

When it comes to upcycling furniture, most people’s minds jump straight to bigger jobs such as painting or perhaps sawing. But sometimes, it’s the small tweaks that can make all the difference. 

If you are working on a chest of drawers, desk, dressing table, or any piece with doors or drawers, then replace the old knobs or handles and see the difference it makes. It’s all in the attention to detail! 

The best news? It won’t cost you much either.

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