When you live in your own home, you’re going to need to find ways to cut back the costs a little. Life is pretty expensive, as you’ll either know, or soon come to realize. Upcycling is the perfect solution to a lot of your problems. We all want to be constantly adding something to your home, but we all seem to not have the money to do so. But there are so many things that you’ll have previously owned that you could give a new lease of life to. If you’ve never upcycled before, now is your chance to learn how to, and learn the benefits of doing so.
Firstly, you need to know what you want to upcycle. Let’s pick an easy example. Perhaps you’re looking to replace your old battered and bruised coffee table with a brand spanking new one. But with Christmas coming up you can’t really afford it. So, you need to make the one you’ve got a bit fresher, and a bit better looking in general. Once you’ve figured out what you want to upcycle, you need to make sure it will upcycle. Some things just can’t be done. If it is falling apart at the seams, and you don’t consider yourself much of a handyman, it’s best to let that one go and find something else. Now, once you’ve checked out the condition, you need to come up with a game plan. Your first move should be sanding the piece of wood down to smooth it out and get rid of any existing paint. This is going to be the most annoying part of the whole ordeal. Then you need to put on a protective base coat, a tin can easily be found from your local DIY store. Then you can begin layering with paint. The beauty of this is you can go literally any colour that you’d like, and still make it look natural and funky. Obviously, you need to make sure it fits the decor of the room though. Apply around three layers of even coat, be sure to triple check that you have missed anywhere. Finish it with a glossy coat and you’ve got yourself a reclaimed piece of furniture, all in all it shouldn’t really take that long to do.
Sometimes you just don’t have the time or effort to go to the trouble of upcycling. This is fair enough, we all have lives to lead. Luckily for you, you can buy some beautiful pieces of reclaimed wood from stores online. You can literally get anything from coffee tables to sideboard furniture, to new bed frames. The internet is your oyster. Be sure to shop around to make sure you’re finding a really decent piece if you’re getting upcycled from the internet. A lot of people sell second-hand rubbish just to try to make a bit of money, they haven’t really done much to up cycle the product.
So, up cycling has the power to change something that was once ready for the bin, into something you’re going to be proud of showing off when people come round. It’s also really rewarding to work on a DIY project that involves up cycling.