10 fun ways to upcycle furniture

By admin
11 October 2013

A little bit of elbow grease and a whole lot of creativity has gone into this selection of refurbished furniture our blogger found on Pinterest this week.

A little bit of elbow grease and a whole lot of creativity has gone into this selection of refurbished furniture our blogger found on Pinterest this week. 

Instead of tossing out that old chair or chest of drawers, find inspiration in these great ideas I found on Pinterest on how to give it a beautiful new life with paint, découpage, fabric, wall stickers and more.

1 Paint me pretty

Picture pinned from reposhture.blogspot.com

Blogger and talented furniture upcycler Kim of Ohio in the USA used a technique known as reverse stencilling on this lovely but worn wooden cabinet. She cut up a vinyl wall decoration and stuck it onto the dark wood, painted over it with the lovely pale blue, then removed the stickers to leave the dark wood exposed on the area of the pattern. Some of the detail of the furniture was then highlighted with a glaze. Find her instructions here.

2 Kid’s stuff

Picture pinned from thecottagemarket.com

An old TV cabinet does duty as baby’s first wardrobe after the application of a couple of coats of paint and the addition of a rail and hooks. Love the cheery colour which picks up on the spotted wallpaper.

3 Blooming lovely

Picture pinned from justinablakeney.com

This little cabinet had seen better days – but none as good-looking as the time it’s having now after its makeover! Fabric was glued to the exterior of the cabinet and doors, with furniture tacks added for extra reinforcement around the edges.

4 Stacks of elegance

Picture pinned from gorenopins.com

A bookcase on top of a coffee table, both painted cream, creates a beautiful focal piece for an entrance area or lounge.

5 Papa’s gonna buy me a hummingbird

Picture pinned from digthisdesign.net

Adhere fabric with an oversized design, a large poster, wallpaper or a wall sticker to the drawer fronts, add transparent knobs and coffee table legs and a plain chest of drawers becomes a work of art.

6 Strip tease

Picture pinned from revivedfurniture.com

Another lovely inspiration from paint sample strips (see the ombre drawers in my blog last week). Choose your favourite paint sample strip and ask your hardware store or paint specialist to mix up a sample batch in each shade. Paint the furniture piece white, add masking tape for the strips you want to keep white, then apply the colour bands. Carefully peel off the masking tape and touch up where necessary with a small artist’s brush.

Picture pinned from www.squidoo.com

7 Country star

An old stool, a picture of Johnny Cash and a sheet of his music downloaded from the internet was the basis for blogger marina123’s découpage project. Find her instructions.

8 Bright and beautiful

Picture pinned from gypsylovecafe.com

Let your creativity run riot all over an old kitchen chair. This gorgeous example combines flowers, fruits, words and shapes in a burst of cheerful colour. The tassle trim around the bottom of the seat is a delightful finishing touch. Use the découpage instructions of the Johnny Cash stool above for this project too.

9 Easy peasy pastels

Picture pinned from restyledvintage.com

So simple. So lovely.

10 Waste not

Picture pinned from home-styling.blogspot.com

A can of spraypaint turns a wire wastepaper basket into an occasional table for the stoep or family room. – Alfie Steyn Follow YOU on Pinterest  Share your thoughts:

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