While the pandemic left many of us confined to the comfort of our homes, lots of us took it upon ourselves to dabble in some DIY to give our homes the TLC that they deserved.
Recent reports show that 85% of Brits have undertaken home improvement activities during the lockdown period, with UK homeowners spending approximately £55 billion on renovations to create their dream home.
One of the hottest new home trends of 2021 is the art of upcycling. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at upcycling but you’re not sure where to start, follow our top tips on how to turn old furniture into fashionable furniture through the power of upcycling.
What Is Upcycling?
Upcycling, also known as ‘furniture flipping,’ is the term used for taking furniture and giving it a new lease of life. This can be second-hand furniture from family or friends, vintage pieces you find in an antique store, or even just existing furniture within your home that’s crying out for a makeover. Repurposing old furniture can be done in several ways. It can be minor decorative changes such as painting items a different colour or replacing handles, to larger DIY projects, such as taking an old chair apart and repurposing the materials to fashion it into a completely new piece (or pieces).
How To Identify Items To Upcycle?
As with any art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The great thing about upcycling is there really are no rules to it. It’s simply whatever you feel you can do to enhance a piece of otherwise lacklustre furniture. Be that with a coat of paint, varnish, sanding down wood to give it a more authentic feel, adding embellishments onto items with a glue gun, or repurposing an old pair of curtains into cushion covers! The possibilities really are endless.
What Are The Different Methods Of Upcycling?
There are two main strands to upcycling: fixing and revamping. Revamping is the side we all know and love. Taking outdated pieces of furniture and giving them a jazzy new makeover to give them a new lease of life within your home.
Furniture fixing, however, is a less known yet critically important side to upcycling that we should all try to resort to more often. This can include ideas such as replacing drawer runners in your bedroom drawers to make them slide seamlessly again or sanding down marked tabletops and revarnishing them to erase any imperfections.
Recent reports reveal that 22 million pieces of furniture are discarded each year in the UK, the majority of which is sent directly to landfills. We further discovered that less than 1 in 10 Brits would consider repairing broken furniture to extend its lifespan. Many people don’t realise that fixing furniture also counts as a form of upcycling and can have a profoundly positive effect on our current climate crisis.