6 ways to upcycle at home

You don’t have to be an artistic genius to indulge in the nation’s latest passion for up-cycling. It’s fun, creative and also requires a fair bit of ingenuity, as well as some common sense. Simply invest in some tools and paint and material, and you’ll be good to go. Here are six ideas to get you started.

1. Changing chairs
Chairs can often show signs of wear and tear after a few years. Or, you might have changed your décor and your chair just looks out of place. No problem.  As long as you have a staple gun and some material to hand, you can transform it quite easily. The chair’s frame will probably still be quite solid and if you have durable castors from Tente UK fixed to the base, why not leave them in place?

Cut your material to cover the shape of your chair and then staple this onto the existing fabric and wooden chair frame and you’ve instantly upcycled something in your home – even better if you’ve used old curtain fabric or some cushion covers you were going to throw away!

2. Never throw away pallets
If you have an old wooden pallet in your garage, now’s the time to put it to good use. Simply lever off the wooden planks from the pallet, plane them and then cover these with varnish or paint.

You can use your pallet as a base for some comfy cushions and place it in the back garden, perfect for summertime or you could take it apart and attach the panels to the wall in your dining room or living room to create a stunning feature.

3. Chalk paint creates a shabby chic effect
If you’re bored with your existing kitchen units and want to create a stylish new décor then use chalk paints to create a French farmhouse kitchen effect. According to the This is Money website the paint will give your kitchen furniture a ‘new lease of life.’ You can also use this technique on picture frames or other pieces of furniture throughout the home.

4. Decoupage and stencils
Anyone can carry out these techniques. You don’t have to be a Leonardo da Vinci in the making, simply visit your local craft shop and track down some stencils. Fix the stencils onto the walls, pieces of furniture or anywhere else you choose and paint. You can even use spray paint.

Decoupage is the process of gluing your favourite images from items such as family photographs, scrapbooks or magazines and then covering the revived surface with gloss varnish. You can transform dressing table surfaces, mirror surrounds and many other household furnishings.

5. Transforming a table

Tables and desks often show their age. One enterprising upcycler, managed to create an innovative desk from the door of a Boeing 737 with a large piece of glass mounted as a surface.

You don’t have to go this far but the thought processes involved in upcycling scaffolding boards, or marrying two pieces of furniture to create a new piece are similar. You have to think outside the box.

6. Spray paint is your new best friend
Spray paint is fantastic for transforming items in your home. Create a collage on the kid’s walls featuring your own street art or revamp old and scratched metal lampshades with some on trend metallic paint. Upcycling is fun; simply try out different crafty ideas and enjoy yourself.      

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