Upcycling is a method where old products are given more value, which has been a critical trend in interior design and fashion. Some types of waste are more likely to be useful than others for those who want to upcycle at home. Discarded furniture and timber are items that are usually easy to source and may be upcycled effectively. Working with something that already exists is part of the appeal of upcycling. Things like a chair or table make DIY more accessible.
You can give an old piece of furniture a new lease of life without a lot of tools or skills, just a sense of design and some elbow grease. Upcycling can be very therapeutic, but it takes time and patience.
Luxe looks for less
One of the benefits of upcycling is that it takes something old and gives it a new value. You can indulge your passion for interiors at a price you can afford. Upcycling is a great way to get a personalized designer style for your home while staying on your budget. Try scouring magazines and websites for the look that you want and then recreate it using items that are within your budget. It’s a fantastic feeling to know that you’ve saved something from landfills and made it functional and beautiful again. With a little bit of time and effort, anyone can have that luxurious look for less.
Pick your project
The first step toward your upcycling therapy is to decide on your project. Think of what you need for your home. If not, go to Pinterest for stacks of ideas and inspiration. If you already have an item to upcycle, that’s a great way to start. If you don’t, then garage sales, second-hand shops, and roadside rubbish collections are the places to go to look for potential treasures. It’s also worth looking for pre-loved furniture online. You’ll surely have more ideas than you have time to work on.
Keep it simple
It’s good to start a project that’s relatively simple to you. When you’ve gained confidence and skills, you can proceed to bigger things. Go for a classic style and personalize it with unique touches. You may start painting old timber furniture with a chevron or geometric pattern. Or remove varnishes and stains from timber to highlights the original raw wood and joints. Finish with natural wax and add something new without destroying the authentic craftsmanship.
Look and think
Decluttering our home is good, and experts are urging us to do such a thing. However, it is worth taking a moment before deciding to put an item in the bin whether or not it could be repurposed, restored, or otherwise brought back to life. The back of a big corkboard, for example, can be painted with a couple of coats of blackboard paint. You may hang it up in the kitchen and use it as a family calendar.
Upcycling is addictive, enjoyable, and here to stay. Find a piece you would love to make awesome and let your imagination run wild.