This year, turn on to upcycling furniture with these handy tips
Looking for a way to give your home a new look, or perhaps it's time to give grandmas hand-me-downs a modern touch, or perhaps you just want to have fun - use these handy tips for upcycling furniture and more.
Upcycling is all about taking something old or useless and giving it a new lease on life, whether it's a secondhand piece of furniture, one of your gran's hand-me-downs that you simply cannot bear to part with, or just to add some vibrant colour to your home. Whatever your reason, upcycling is a great way to save money and add new pieces to your rooms.
You might not get it right every time and you may make mistakes along the way, but beauty is in the imperfection. Every mistake is an opportunity to learn something new and that’s why some many people love upcycling!
If you're new to upcycling and desperately need a few pointers to start you off in the right direction, check out these helpful tips:
Use the right tools
While most upcycling projects only require a few (affordable) tools like sandpaper and such, you must definitely invest in a quality set of paintbrushes. Not only will quality paintbrushes provide a much smoother paint job, they won't spoil your projects with loose bristles all over the place.
When it comes to applying Rust-Oleum Chalked paint, acrylic paint, or any paint for that matter, I like to use either a Hamilton Ensign or Harris Finesse paintbrush. These paintbrushes might be a tad more expensive than your common, ordinary paintbrush, but they last longer, don't loose bristles, and leave a smooth painted finish.
You're also going to need a few tools, and we recommend Bosch tools that offer value for money. Invest in a drill/driver, orbital sander and a jigsaw, as well as accessories for these tools.
Cordless tools are great to work with - both indoors and out, as well being able to maneuver around projects easily. And don’t forget your gloves, goggles, face mask and ear plugs (if using large tools).
Choose the right pieces
Upcycling might save you money on buying new, but at the end of the day there are still a few supplies that you need to buy to complete projects. It makes sense to only undertake projects where the materials will be able to withstand cutting, sanding and painting.
Have fun and enjoy
If you're new to upcycling and a bit daunted to get started, have some old pieces of furniture on hand to practice on before you begin with the main projects. That way, you won't need to be afraid to try new things and worry about destroying projects. It is important to have self-belief in what you can achieve - there are no set rules when you’re upcycling, anything goes. Just let yourself be creative and have fun.