Upcycled furniture has been gaining popularity in recent years as more and more people look for ways to reduce their environmental impact. But what exactly is upcycled furniture? And how can you make sure you’re getting the best quality pieces? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.
What is upcycled furniture?
Upcycling is the process of taking something old and transforming it into something new. In more recent years it has been incredibly trending to upcycle furniture, whether it’s chairs, cabinets, or tables, and turn them into something more elegant. Upcycling furniture is an ingenious way of making your home more sustainable. Instead of throwing out old pieces and replacing them with cheaper, less durable items, you should be upcycling them.
Where to buy upcycled furniture?
With a quick Google, you can find the nearest upcycled furniture shop near you and buy directly from an upcycler or upcycling business. Another option is to look for upcycled furniture at charity shops, antique stores, or online marketplaces like Etsy and eBay.
How do I upcycle furniture?
There are a few different ways you can upcycle furniture, depending on what materials you have available and what look you’re going for. One popular method is to use paint or other finishes to change the appearance of the piece.
Before taking a paintbrush to your project, some vital steps should never be skipped.
Sanding the wood first will remove any layers of varnish or wax that will prevent the paint from drying.
Priming is just as important as sanding and will prevent stains from bleeding through the new paint. The primer must match the type of paint you have chosen. For furniture, it’s best to use a satin or semigloss finish in either latex or oil-based paint. Never leave primer unpainted.
Now that you have successfully prepared your piece, you can go to town with the paint and colour!
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Why buy upcycled furniture?
Buying upcycled furniture gives you a completely bespoke piece with more personality than mass-produced furniture. Additionally, it also helps the environment, as your product is no longer destined to become landfill.