Furniture Upcycling Tips for Beginners


Most of the time, you are not going to require any special skills to upcycle things around your house, but having some basic knowledge of how materials work and what works best with what and how is really important.


Do your homework. Prepare.

Before you take on a project make sure that you have the tools and equipment needed to do the job. Make sure to clean your furniture before you start, especially before a paint job. Remove all the cobwebs and vacuum all the dust particles, then give it a thorough wipe down with a wet cloth and let it dry.

Allow enough time for the project. Things like upcycling furniture can take time. Don’t just consider a weekend project and try to dust it off. If you want to give it a fine finish and make it look new, you need to allow enough time to get the job done properly.


When upcycling old furniture and changing its era completely, make sure to research the styles that resembled that era. Match the design to that era to get the full glow-up you are looking for.


Once you have finished your pieces, you need to make sure that they are protected against all the things that can cause them distress. You have to learn to protect all your hard work with wax or varnish to give it longevity. 

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You do not want to spend days making something look like a dreamy version and have it ruined in just a few months or worse, days. After putting so much effort into making something the new best version of itself, give it the respect it deserves by finishing it properly and make it safe so that it stands the test of time.

Final Thoughts

Recycling and upcycling furniture can be fun and help you change the vibe of your place, but knowing how to do things properly will help you protect your furniture from mistakes that your excited self is likely to make.

Don’t forget to put in the much-needed prep work to understand what you are doing and to find the best way to do it. Good furniture can be expensive, so if you find a good piece in a yard or garage sale, be sure to get it. There is always something you can do to get a new and unique thing out of an old thing that will just be the right thing to spruce up your place.

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