How to upcycle furniture
From simple paint ideas to more creative projects, here are a few ideas to get you going.
Handy tools for upcycling
Easy upcycling ideas
Paint a piece of furniture
Probably the easiest entry route into upcycling as it doesn't require much equipment or DIY know-how, and can be tailored to your creativity and painting ability. Here're some simple step-by-steps and the tools to get you started...
Mask out a pattern
Use masking tape to cover areas that you don't want painted, or that you want filled with a different colour later - it's great for getting a sharp straight line. You could create a stencil or hand draw in pencil a more intricate design.
Or spray larger areas
If you're working with larger furniture or just want a single block colour, a paint sprayer could be quicker and easier than a paint brush, and creates a really smooth finish. You'll need to protect the surrounding area with a dust sheet (or any old fabric sheet you have).
Try these arty effects
Add oodles of character to your piece by painting the inside of a drawer, topside of a shelf or inside panel of a cupboard door with a contrasting colour or pattern.
After that shabby, vintage look? Once your paint has dried, use some fine grit sandpaper to scuff up the paint, focusing on corners and edges.
Add a wallpaper panel
As an alternative to paint, you could try adding wallpaper panels to furniture. These work really well at the back of shelving and the insides of wardrobes or drawers - but there's no real limit to what you cover.
Apply the wallpaper paste
Mix the appropriate amount of wallpaper paste (you won't need much) and apply to the back of the cut wallpaper (follow the wallpaper paste instructions as you may need to leave it to soak in).
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