Upcycling can be wonderful. It’s a great way to breathe new life into tired and old furniture, to give something a new purpose or just add some sparkle to something you are bored of. You can upcycle things you already own or get some bargains from yard sales, eBay or charity stores. It’s your chance to create something unique and to add your personality and style to even the dullest furniture. It is of course also a fantastic way to save money.
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Furniture and decorations can be costly, even more so if you are after a one of a kind piece. Upcycling gives you the chance to get the décor of your dreams for a fraction of the cost. Who knows, you may even find you’ve got a natural flair for it and end up selling your upcycling creations to others. But, before you get started on your first project, take a look at this quick and handy guide.
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Cheap, doesn’t have to mean cheap. By shopping at yard sales, on eBay, and in antique stores, you can get some fantastic bargains without sacrificing quality. Things today aren’t built to last, so sometimes you are better off buying an older piece and giving it a little extra TLC.
Don’t ever just buy something because it’s cheap and you’ve got a great vision of what you want from it. You may well find it falls apart as you are working, or isn’t strong enough to do the job you want it for after all of your hard work.
Have a Plan
It can be tempting to buy everything you see that you like the look of. Every piece of furniture or material that takes your eye, to put aside to upcycle when you are ready. Soon, you’ll have a cupboard, closet or garage full of junk that you never actually do anything with. Decide what you want first, then go shopping for what you need to get there. You should also make sure you’ve got all of the equipment you need (which varies depending on your project) to finish the job so that you don’t get stuck halfway through.
Not everything you set aside or buy with the intention of upcycling will be in perfect condition. Sometimes, this won’t matter, as you’ll be changing those parts anyway. But, on other occasions, faults will need fixing with a little clear wood filler or some elbow grease, before you can get creative.
Upcycling isn’t just about saving money or getting unique pieces. It’s about enjoying yourself with your décor. Use your imagination, set up Pinterest boards or make mood boards and enjoy yourself. Try different colors. Go against style rules or eras. What’s to stop you painting a 50’s sideboard in an 80’s glam rock style? Try things out, be bold, and just try again if it doesn’t work.
Invest in Good Brushes
Cheap brushes are fine for painting with the kids, but when it comes to your furniture, you don’t want brush bristles stuck in your paintwork forevermore. Invest in decent brushes that will last. Especially if you plan to sell your creations.
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