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Upcycle your Furniture


Upcycling your furniture can be a rewarding job, but more than that, it can quickly turn into an enjoyable hobby, or even a career. Many people are getting into updating the look of each of their rooms, without having to replace every item of furniture; if it still works, why get rid of it? This activity is in keeping with the current push to go green, so you can feel good about doing your bit for the environment while enjoying your arts and crafts talents.

What is ‘Upcycling’

The word ‘upcycle’ is a portmanteau of ‘recycle’ and ‘upgrade’. When you upcycle furniture that you have grown tired of, you might be repairing the item’s functionality, or you might be repairing its look. For example, a tatty coffee-stained table might be improved by a lick of paint, or you could replace the metal drawer runners on your desk so you can finally open your drawers without them sticking.


Upcycle a Table

There are plenty of ways to upcycle tables, so don’t send your old one to the tip just yet. How you choose to upcycle depends on your own style and how far you’re willing to go. A traditional-looking living room might not suit a vividly repainted table, but your kids might appreciate a world map table in their bedrooms.

Repapering surfaces

Repapering the surfaces of home furnishings is an easy way to radically alter the look of any piece of furniture. All you need is some wrapping paper or wallpaper, some PVA and some waterproof varnish.

1) Trace the surface of the item you are repapering.

2) Cut out the shape on your paper. Err on the side of caution and leave a little extra paper if you aren’t confident with scissors or craft knives. Remember, you can always take more off, but you can’t easily add more on. Once you have the rough size, you can trim it to fit your surface.

3) Glue the new paper onto the surface of your item. You can use a ruler to smooth out the bubbles. Be careful not to rip the wet paper when dragging a ruler across its surface.

4) Once dried, add the waterproof varnish. This means that you won’t ruin your new design when the bottom of your tea mug is a little wet when you use your upcycled table.

*Note: You can repaper lots of things, including tables, bookshelves, door panels, desks and dressing tables. It’s amazing how a small change in design can revitalise an old piece of furniture.


Sometimes, a new lick of paint is all your furniture needs. Forgetting to properly finish your projects can lead to flaky paint and dirty surfaces. Trying to clean a base layer of paint can result in pulling the paint away when you try to clean it, but a varnish or waterproof glue finish will put a stop to this. Remember to use acrylic varnish to provide a glossy and finished look that will last.


Upcycle a Desk

You can also use the techniques mentioned above to upcycle your desk; repapering the insides of your wooden desk drawers can provide an exciting surprise and splash of colour when they are opened, without being a gaudy feature that detracts attention from the rest of your room 24/7.


Switch out those handles

Changing your desk’s handles will change its style without much hassle. Move to and from simple Skandi and extravagant luxury with a switch of handles.

This set of drawers shows the effects of a successful upcycle, but the change in drawer handles is what really brings this desk into the 21st century; you can upcycle your desks by changing out their legs too.


Decrease wastage now by getting into upcycling; it’s fun, rewarding and simple. Hart Wholesale have lots of stylish choices for you to upgrade your furniture with, so get stuck in.

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