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6 easy tips for upcycling your home

Just because your furniture may be looking a bit old and used doesn’t mean that you can’t do a bit of DIY and spruce it up yourself.

Upcycling your old furniture is not only a great way to save money, but it will also help the environment!

Here are our top tips on how to make your old furniture into something new.

Get Painting

Giving anything a lick of paint will make it look like a new piece of furniture.

Whether you decide to just change the colour, dip dye your furniture or go all out and paint floral designs on your furniture. These changes will make all the difference!

Dip dying your furniture is so easy to do and gives something that ‘Oliver Bonas’ look, without the price tag!


Vintage suitcases are something you may have hidden up in the loft, unused and gathering dust.

However, these are so easy to upcycle with so many options to choose from!

You can transform them into bedside tables, shelves and even a wall cabinet, it’s certain no one else will have one in their home!

Colander Hanging Baskets

Your trusty colander can be recycled as a stylish hanging basket.

This takes barely any time with colanders literally being plant pot ready with their holes in.

You can get colanders in an assortment of colours, and you can always easily spray paint them to the colour you desire!

Simply plant up with pretty flowers and then string up outside your front door. Lovely and simple.

Plant outdoor display

Have a side table you no longer use?

Instead of binning it, give it a fresh lick of paint and transform it into something for outdoors instead!

Your used side table can be transformed into the perfect indoor-outdoor plant display.

Pop some flowers into the opened draw and place a lantern on top and you’ve now got your new outdoor display!

Make sure you remember to put waterproof garden furniture paint on it instead of regular paint!

Teacup Candles

Making candles is a bit trickier than some of the other upcycling ideas, however, there are loads of easy recipes online now so that you can pick the best candle to make for you!

Old teacups and saucers are ten a penny in most secondhand shops these days, and most people are handed down a selection of mismatched teacups and saucers.

Why not try filling them with wax and save them from gathering dust in your cupboards!


Wallpaper can make all the difference to your old bureaus.

This project is a great way to add a fun flash of colour, without bringing out the paint cans.

Choose a bold wallpaper and line the sides of the drawers for a vibrant peek of pattern

It’s simple, easy and effective when upcycling your old furniture!

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