Upcycling what you have can change the vibe of your home altogether. But it is important to ensure things don’t take a wrong turn. Here’s how!
Your house probably has a broken chair, a dusty table or a sofa set (a wedding present perhaps?) that doesn’t go with the rest of the furniture.
When it comes to home furniture, you’re always on the lookout for something unique and new, but most of the time you find yourself going for ‘the one-size-fits-all furniture’. If you’re looking for something that has a customised touch that fits your budget, there’s only one way out – Do It Yourself!
Although creating your own furniture from scratch might be a task, upcycling what you have can change the vibe of your home altogether!
Here are some steps you need to keep in mind for an upcycling project!
Step 1: ClearOut The Attic
First and foremost, you must clear out your attic, terrace or wherever you dump your old stuff. Check the functionality of the furniture you’ve put away and choose the ones you want to upcycle.
If your furniture has a broken arm or leg, try to source a handyman or get your driller out and do it yourself. Just make sure to not hurt yourself in the process.
Step 2: Think of The Possibilities
Once you’ve decided what you’re going to upcycle, it’s time to get down to the fun stuff—Upcycling! Before you get started, remember to make a mental picture of your final outcome.
Make a mind map or a list of all the things you can do with one product. This way you’ll have a clearer idea of what you want.
Remember to utilise the maximum number of discarded items while you’re at it.
If you’re planning to paint your furniture, instead of buying a new tin, ask paint shops for leftover paint and reuse the tins to hang plants in your garden.
Step 3: The Final Touch
Once you’ve finished the upcycling part of the project, it’s time to add the final touch. Be it a table, chair or a shelf, it’s important to remember to add the necessary accessories to it in the end – it could be a pretty throw pillow or a simple table cloth that can make a huge difference to the entire room!
Why Should We Upcycle/Repair Old Furniture?
1. Environment’s Sake: Buying new furniture uses up a lot of resources so it’s best to make the best use of the furniture you already have instead of throwing it away. This way you’re helping to reduce your carbon footprint while saving a lot of trees!
2. Save Money: Repairing or reassembling your furniture is the best way to save up on money. And instead of settling for something that’s made in bulk, when you upcycle, you get something that’s completely unique!
3. Self-Satisfaction: The happiness and mental peace you get out of creating something out of a discarded item cannot be described. If you’re looking for a weekend activity with your friends or family, this is just the thing you need!
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)