How to Upcycle Your Furniture

Upcycling your furniture is a beautiful solution to keeping the pieces that mean a lot to you, whilst giving them a new lease of life. Upcycling is the most impactful way you can deliver beautiful furniture to your home, quickly, and easily. What’s better is, you don’t need to be a DIY king or queen to master the art, and we’re here to show you how. From cabinet hardware replacements to a fresh lick of paint, the options here are endless for the finesse you desire.

Step 1: Prep 

The prep starts with removing all legs, handles, screws, knobs, you name it. You then need to give your piece a good clean inside and out. Begin sanding down the surfaces to prep the wood before priming and painting.

Step 2: Prime 

If you’re upcycling a particularly old item, priming will serve you well and deliver a beautifully elegant, long lasting finish to your classical piece. Priming increases the longevity of your upcycle, particularly if you use the item regularly.

Step 3: Painting 

Once you’ve decided on the perfect colour scheme for your project and your home, begin painting by applying a thin coat to the surface of your furniture piece. Allow this to dry, followed by sanding down any rough finishes, lumps, and bumps. Once you’ve applied the first coat, you can repeat these steps until complete.

Cabinet Hardware 

Replacing your cabinet hardware will give a beautifully elegant finish to your upcycled pieces of furniture. There are huge benefits or replacing your old cabinet hardware and whilst we use this every single day it’s important to introduce some TLC to your pieces. You can certainly increase the longevity by purchasing good quality, aesthetically pleasing hardware for your furniture and the beauty of this is you can really put your own, personal stamp on your pieces, transforming your house to home.

How Do I Choose the Right Hardware? 

Choosing the right cabinet hardware for your pieces can be tricky. Factors to consider are:

  • Your current colour schemes
  • Accent décor choices
  • Matching your cabinet hardware to your switches and sockets
  • Material and colour tone of furniture

When it comes to choosing the right tone for your hardware you should aim to choose something contrasting, as a way of introducing accents into your décor. Depending on the style of room you’re aiming to achieve, you can look at the following materials and shades:

  • Antique Brass
  • Smoked Bronze
  • Matte Black
  • Chrome
  • Brass
  • Steel

Once you’ve decided on the perfect material / tone, you can then decide on the style. Perhaps you’d like a Closet bar, T bar, Pull bar, or maybe a Precious bar or Hook. If you’re unsure of where to start and what look you’re trying to achieve, do your research online for the best style for you and your home so you can be sure you’re introducing the perfect elegance and finesse.

Image Credit: Buster & Punch | Precious Bar – Brass | Cabinet Hardware