Upcycling furniture is the process of regenerating furniture, breathing new life into previously old and dated items. When the process is done correctly, old items of furniture are made to appear brand new. Upcycling your furniture has two primary advantages when compared to purchasing new. Firstly it is significantly cheaper than buying brand new, secondly it is far more environmentally friendly giving you peace of mind.
Upcycling, when done correctly enables you to not only enjoy the effect of brand new furniture, it also provides a great amount of creative options, enabling you to select the exact colour you desire. The key to being successful is to ensure you do it right, which isn’t as hard as first might think, simply follow our guidelines collected beneath.
Selecting your colours: For most pieces of furniture two colours will be required, one principle colour and one to go underneath. The second, undercoat will appear on the furniture only in the areas which you sand. There are no rules here, select the colours which you desire for you upcycled item, but try to ensure they complement each other.
Prepare the item of furniture: If the item contains wood, check it for woodworm and if it is present get the wood correctly treated. Prior to painting the wood should be primed, cleaned and smoothed. This process removes any residual dirt and provides the optimum surface to receive paint.
Paint the areas which you will scuff with the undercoat: For these areas you may select aspects of the furniture which will be naturally susceptible to scuffing, such as the corners and edges. These areas will be covered in the following steps, so make such you remember these areas for later. Once finished, wait for this coat to dry, depending on the paint selected this should take between 15 and 20 minutes.
Apply the top coat: When applying the second coat there is a great amount of creative effects which can be achieved, this is done by experimenting with brush strokes. Enabling you to upcycle your item exactly how you would like it to appeal.
Wax, distress, buff and wax again: One the second coat has dried, apply was to the entirety of the painted surfaces. You should use clear wax, applied using a soft, lint-free cloth. The seal this process creates protects the paints surface. Remember the areas which you decided you wanted to expose earlier? Now is the time to do just that, take a piece of medium-grade sandpaper and rub it over these areas. Be careful! Less is more.
Following this, apply more wax to the furniture this time leaving it for an extended period of time, preferably overnight to dry, this will provide a strong seal. Finally take a lint-free cloth and use it to buff the surfaces, in order to provide an exceptional finish.