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Top 5 furniture upcycling ideas

I’ve had a dabble with furniture upcycling, I’m by no means an expert just yet but I can always see potential in things other people can’t.

Even this week, I walked past a load of pallets on my street and could think of a million things I could make with them. However, I have no storage space for them so alas, they remain on the East Oxford streets.

I posted some upcycling pieces last year, basically I sanded, painted and varnished them…

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But, this year I have two pieces I want to work on so after a good ol’ mooch on Pinterest, I thought I’d share my top 5 upcycling ideas.

upcycleTop 5 upcycling ideas

Adding new legs to this piece and a lovely pastel blue coloured paint really transformed this boring white piece. From drab to fab….

Upcycle and photo courtesy of http://www.poppytalk.com/2014/04/mid-century-modern-style-before-after.html
Upcycle and photo courtesy of http://www.poppytalk.com/2014/04/mid-century-modern-style-before-after.html

This second upcycle is made using Modge Podge and some wallpaper. I think using patterned paper can give something a really modern feel and if you’re not one for a paint brush this could be a good option.

Upcycle & photo courtesy of http://blog.spoonflower.com/2013/10/furniture-refresh-1.html
Upcycle & photo courtesy of http://blog.spoonflower.com/2013/10/furniture-refresh-1.html
Upcycle & photo courtesy of http://blog.spoonflower.com/2013/10/furniture-refresh-1.html
Upcycle & photo courtesy of http://blog.spoonflower.com/2013/10/furniture-refresh-1.html

This idea is mainly for use with new furniture and the article on Buzzfeed uses some Ikea classics. It’s actually a kid’s upcycle idea, using stickers to add a refresh to a piece of furniture. Definitely a safe option but at least you can easily change it if you get bored!

Photo & upcycle source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/gabbynoone/15-ikea-hacks-for-your-childs-dream-bedroom#.otYYLVrke
Photo & upcycle source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/gabbynoone/15-ikea-hacks-for-your-childs-dream-bedroom#.otYYLVrke
Photo & upcycle source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/gabbynoone/15-ikea-hacks-for-your-childs-dream-bedroom#.otYYLVrke
Photo & upcycle source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/gabbynoone/15-ikea-hacks-for-your-childs-dream-bedroom#.otYYLVrke

I just love the complete transformation of this. It’s gone from something you’d see in your Nan’s house to a Laura Ashley-esque wonder. I love the pattern finish within the wardrobe, it would make me smile every time I opened it.

Photo & upcycle from http://beeinteriors.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2011-09-21T16:18:00-04:00&max-results=7
Photo & upcycle from http://beeinteriors.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2011-09-21T16:18:00-04:00&max-results=7

I chose this last one, not only for the amazing paint job but the fact that changing the smallest detail, such as the handles, can make a big difference. I think this may be a starting point for me before I go lashing paint around the house!

Upcycle & photo from http://www.remodelaholic.com/2012/01/chevron-painted-dresser-makeover/
Upcycle & photo from http://www.remodelaholic.com/2012/01/chevron-painted-dresser-makeover/
Photo & upcycle from: http://www.remodelaholic.com/2012/01/chevron-painted-dresser-makeover/
Photo & upcycle from: http://www.remodelaholic.com/2012/01/chevron-painted-dresser-makeover/

So, these are my top 5. Stay tuned to see what I do with my own pieces. I doubt they will look as good as these pieces but I’ll certainly be taking the ideas forward.

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