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We’ve pulled together a go-to list of things you’ll need to consider before beginning your upcycling journey…
Don’t try and tackle something huge on your first go. Not only will it seem daunting but you are more likely to give in and give up half way through. Start small and bask in the glory that no matter how small, you made it yours!
Upcycling is supposed to be fun so don’t shy away from a project but avoid touching up expensive or sentimental pieces until you’ve practiced on similar surfaces. Instead, revamp dated furniture around the home or pop to your local second-hand shop you might just discover a bargain.
Give yourself the time and space to complete a project. Make sure you have all the tools you’ll need throughout to hand before you start.
If it is an old or second hand piece it’s likely to have had treatments on it in the past which may contaminate your new paint or varnish causing a reaction (and an upcycle fail). Instead, prepare the surface with a primer. Depending on the paint you use and the surface you are painting on you may not have to use a primer but a light sand is always recommend. Just remember to wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth before you start work!
Thinking about how the upcycled piece will fit into the colour scheme and decor of an existing room will help you figure out the colour, finish and accessorising needed to make the furniture stand out whilst simultaneously complimenting a room.
There are oodles of tutorials, guides and brilliant bloggers to discover and learn from — so what are you waiting for? Check out our easy how to guides here.