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Upcycle furniture for your new home

9 August 2017
Style Tips

When moving into a new home, it’s only natural to want everything in your home to be nice and new, and often your old furniture just doesn’t cut it. But our budgets don’t always allow for a complete upgrade of everything we own in one hit! So we’ve come up with some handy tips for you to give your old furniture an affordable, easy freshen up to make your new home come to life!

Reupholster chairCover it

Re-upholstering may sound like a daunting task, but for a lot of furniture pieces, it’s actually relatively simple! Things like dining chairs, ottomans or cushions are easy to re-cover for anyone who’s a bit handy, and there are plenty of online guides to help you out. It’s amazing what an incredible transformation you can achieve with some bright, modern fabric.


Image credit: One Joyful Housewife

painted furniturePaint it

It’s amazing what a lick of paint can do to liven up your furniture. Go from drab to fab in one easy spray painting session!

This is a fantastic way to create matching furniture from mismatching pieces, or to create a feature piece to liven up a room.

Plus, old school timber furniture is often better quality than new budget pieces, so painting these items ensures your furniture is good quality but with a modern look.

When selecting your paint colours, be sure to consider which room the item will be used in, and what other items it will need to accompany. This will ensure you do not end up with an eclectic mismatch of colours and styles!

Image credit: The Pinterest Project

Be patient with your painting jobs, and remember, for long lasting paint jobs preparation is key. This means cleaning, sanding and priming are essential to ensuring your furniture will stand the test of time!

repurposed chestRepurpose it

To add unique charm to your home, consider using old items in a new and interesting way. Get creative and think of unique ways to use ordinary items around the house.

Things like chests, suitcases or wine barrels make great coffee tables. Or consider mounting old drawers on the wall for unique shelving.

Palettes or covered milk crates are a great resource for creating simple outdoor furniture, or old ladders make fantastic, stylish bookshelves!

Image credit: Apartment Therapy

There are many ways to upcycle your old furniture to create new and unique pieces for your new home. Be creative, think outside the square and the possibilities are endless!


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