How up-cycling can add individual style

March 2014

Changing the look of a room can be an expensive exercise but sometimes all we have to do is look closely at what we already have.

Ugly pieces of furniture hiding in our garage kindly donated by a well-meaning relative or something in the home that we are just sick of the sight of, well pop your fresh eyes on and get creative.

Its time to reclaim old treasured pieces and put a modern stamp on them.

The beauty of up-cycling something is that you get a truly unique piece or feature , its an easy way to add a pop of colour or pattern to a room. It’s not just furniture that you can add a new lease of life to or repurpose. I have used old plates, collected over the years from Charity shops in the eating area of my kitchen to add a bit of a feature to the wall.

Creating something unique does take time but with a bit of work and a dose of creativity the results can be very satisfying. If you don’t have anything already lying around due for a makeover Car boot sales or the ICAF Collectors Fairs have lots of bargains that you can pick up and make your own

An old wooden cabinet found on e- bay then paint in Annie Sloan chalk paint was easily transformed, Once painted , I wallpapered the back of the cabinet with some spare Designers Guild wallpaper. It’s a great way of adding a pattern or colour to a room without having to wallpaper a whole wall. I love the idea of mixing the old with the new to create something really special. Upcycling is also a great way of hanging on to and re-using things that may have been inherited or handed down but making them more your style.

Stools for your kitchen island or chairs for your kitchen table are also great to upcycle, I love the look of these ombre chairs.

Ombre chairs up-cycling chairs.

Easy to do with a spray can of paint I love to use the plasti-kote range ideas. Far much easier than using a paint brush and quicker too.

So before you rush out and buy something new, have a look around at what you have and join in the Up-cycling craze but watch out its addictive!!!

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