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How to Upcycle Furniture Using Paint



There comes a time in everyone’s life when they want to have a change of furniture. Regardless of whether you are moving house or spicing up your interior, these are just a handful of reasons why you may want to introduce a change. Though this is an exciting process, the reasonably new and popular idea of upcycling furniture could be something that most people decide to do going forward.

With the help of this article and its accompanying tips, you will be able to learn more about how you can upcycle any old and outdated furniture by using paint. 

Be Imaginative

Depending on how long you have lived in a certain house for, or how long you have gone without updating your interior design, it is very likely that you will have a lot of furniture that may be looking worn and damaged. We’ve all been there. One day they look as good as new, and before you know it, it is discoloured and full of scratches. But don’t worry. This is where upcycling can prove to be a vital lifeline. Anything can be upcycled, especially if you use paint. 

From old ladders that you may want to turn into some shelves for any plants or objects that you want to display to a chest of drawers and cabinets, with a fresh lick of paint, you will have never realised that they were anything different to what they are now. Paint can be that effective. 

Remove Old Paint First

If you have already tried your hand at painting over old furniture with paint, there may come a time when you want to freshen it up again. But this time, you want to do it in a different colour. In this instance, you might be asking yourself just how you are going to do this, and more importantly, how you are going to remove paint from any wood surfaces. Though you may think that sanding the surface is the most effective way to do this, there are actually other methods you can try first. 

For example, did you know that using a heat gun or paint stripper both have the ability to be able to remove any paint from a surface? You will find that the former works better when it comes to larger wooden surfaces, whereas the latter is preferred on surfaces that are smaller. Either way, both methods are able to successfully remove any paint that may have pre-existed on a particular surface, or any paint that has spilled over from any other painting jobs that you have completed in the past. So, make sure you remove any old paint from the surface first before deciding to add a fresh coat.  

Purchase Good Paint Brushes

Once you have used one of the two methods above, or another preferred way, it will be time to apply that fresh coat of paint to the pieces of furniture that you wish to upcycle. You might decide to do some now and some later. To make sure that the paint is applied successfully, purchasing new paintbrushes could be something that you wish to do. Though you may find that you are expected to spend some extra money in order to buy the best ones on the market, you will find that it will be worth it in the long run. 

You see, cheaper paint brushes won’t be as easy to handle as others, and it could even mean that it leaves marks from the bristles in your furniture. This is something that you won’t want to see. Depending on how much you know about paint brushes and this process, you will know that certain brands come more recommended than others. When using these items together, the final result will be out of this world. This is because of how well they work together. It is also important to remember that, when you’re not using them, to keep them well wrapped in clingfilm or tinfoil to keep the brush moist. Once you’ve finished upcycling your furniture, you can then go on to clean them. 

The idea of upcycling your furniture is starting to appeal to many people. Not only can it save you a considerable amount of money in the long run, but it also provides you with the opportunity to keep the items that you have grown to love over the years. This could prove to be important for many people. 

Have you ever upcycled furniture before? We’d love to know how it went, so please get in touch.

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