Buying a new home can be expensive, you have solicitor fees, moving costs and so much more to factor into your moving budget! However, you can save a few pennies when furnishing your new home through upcycling! The pressure to have a picture-perfect home is high in modern society but furnishing your home doesn’t have to cost you the Earth.
In this blog post you will find some helpful tips on upcycling and how it can save you money whilst transforming your new home.
Finding upcycling inspiration isn’t difficult when you have apps like Instagram and Pinterest at your fingertips; simply type ‘upcycling’ or the kind of furniture you would like to transform into the search engines on these sites and let the inspiration happen!
If it is your first-time upcycling, it is always best to start with a small project and work your way up. For your first project, look for something small and low cost, such as picture frames, candle holders, bookends, jar canisters etc. Starting small will help you get used to the idea of upcycling and even the smallest of changes or touches can make a big difference to any room in your home.
Chances are, if you have spotted a nice piece of furniture in a pricy shop on the high street, you can find something similar in Charity Shops, on Gumtree, Facebook Market Place, Ebay, at car boot sales or even in a family member’s attic or shed! The only difference will be that these second-hand finds will need a little bit of imagination, work and time to transform into the home furnishings you’re looking for.
One top tip for buying second hand furniture would be to check if the person you are buying it from can deliver the item to you if it’s too large for you to transport yourself (many charity shops offer delivery). And secondly, especially with online retailers, pay once you have received the item and had chance to survey its condition.
Before buying any pieces of furniture you should exhaust all of your second-hand options first, as not only can you get some great deals, you can also find some high-quality pieces of furniture that just need a little bit of work.
When looking for furniture to upcycle, it is worth asking yourself, how would like look with a lick of paint? Maybe in a different colour? After I have repaired it? Waxed, varnished, sanded or polished this? Before deciding whether to make your purchase or not.
Sometimes, all a piece of furniture or home furnishing will need is a lick of paint and you’re done, other projects may require more work. Whenever you’re looking at a second-hand item you’re considering upcycling, always consider how much work the item really needs, are you just wanting to spruce it up a little? Or is a more drastic change to the build or design of the product needed? If the latter, always make sure you’re DIY is up to the job. Ask yourself, am I able to carry out the work required for this project myself? If you’re not the best handy person, maybe opt for smaller projects that require a lick of paint or the changing of knobs or handles. If you’re handy with a drill, hammer or saw taking on larger projects can be hugely satisfying once you see the completely transformed end result. However, you should always consider if you have the time or equipment to take on a large project before starting out.
One huge upcycling furniture trend that seems to be very popular right now is using chalk paint to bring wooden furniture to life. Chalk paint is cheap, and you can find environmentally friendly and solvent free versions of this product – making this paint a great choice for furniture in a child’s room.
Chalk paint comes in a wide variety of colours and a good quality paint should cover most kinds of wooden furniture in just two coats. Some great pieces of furniture to decorate with chalk paint include pine wardrobes and drawers, sideboards and dressing tables.
Best of all, painting furniture with chalk paint requires minimal preparation (great for those who have lots to do) simply just wipe down the furniture, cover any carpet or flooring in the vicinity and start! You may want to remove knobs or handles from any pieces of furniture before you start painting to make sure you don’t get paint on them and in case you want to change them in the future.
Upcycling isn’t just cost effective, it is environmentally friendly and the sense of achievement you can get through finishing any upcycling project is huge!