Regeneration is a huge trend in home design at the moment, particularly when it comes to furniture. If you have an old table you want to spruce up or a painted wardrobe that would fit your aesthetic better if it had a distressed look, then why not have a go at renovating it yourself? In this article, we outline three easy upcycled furniture DIY tasks that you can do yourself to remodel your home.
How to Upcycle Furniture
Before starting, you might want to consider the aesthetic of furniture you already have, and how your upcycled piece would fit. Don’t start upcycling furniture projects until you’ve given it a thorough clean; even white good pieces like a washing-machine-turned planter are improved by doing the groundwork. For projects like this, we like Jif, as it works on tough problems without scratching.
It’s also important, whenever using paint or varnish, to test it out on a small (preferably hidden) section of the furniture first. That way you can test coverage, adhesion and whether the colour is actually what you were looking for. To get a distressed look, carefully sand after painting, focusing on the areas that would distress with normal wear-and-tear, like the edges of drawers. You may also find that you want to strip away old layers of paint/varnish before starting, to make the final look smoother and neater. Be careful of using harsh chemicals on old furniture, and always source appropriate safety equipment like gloves to protect yourself.