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easy ways to upcycle your furniture

Jun 10, 2021 | How To Guides, Interior Trends

Have you moved into your new home and are looking to do it up on a shoestring? Reclaiming old furniture, stripping it back to its bare essentials, and putting your own style on it with unique cabinet hardware is the way forward. Not only does this establish your own design, but you also have a bespoke piece of furniture unique to you.

There are many prospects when it comes to revamping old furniture, but at the end of the day, it’s down to exactly what you, the homeowner, want. Depending on the scale of the project you wish to complete, you could opt for upcycling your furniture completely, or simply just giving it a fresh lick of paint and some brand new snazzy cabinet knobs or handles.

So, What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is the art of making something that was once old, well… new! Not only is upcycling a fabulous way to incorporate unique pieces within your home, but it is also a great way to reuse materials and reduce our footprint. 

Regardless of whether you’re looking to upcycle a bookcase or a designer dresser, these simple tips and tricks to upcycle from French Furniture Fittings are sure to inspire you and make you adopt a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. 

Let your creative juices flow…

In What Rooms Would Upcycling Work?

To answer this question, French Furniture Fittings would say that no two houses are the same so what piece of furniture you believe works in your living room, some may think works better in their bathroom or even not at all.

The beauty of upcycling is that everything can be created to exactly your style and taste – so many of the pieces you have chosen to upcycle could work in your living room, kitchen, bathroom, or both! Don’t be afraid to create something that shows everyone your personality. It’s time to get creative!

How to Upcycle Your Reclaimed Furniture?

If you have a simple dresser that looks like just about everybody else’s out there – try these simple little enhancements to make it truly your own…

  1. Paint the furniture an exciting colour to match your interior style (bold primary colours are totally in at the moment). Chalk paint would be your best option as the furniture rarely requires much preparation. 
  2. Remove the old cabinet knobs and replace them with something new and unique (our MKN knob collection would be the perfect replacement).

These 2 simple steps will give your reclaimed furniture a brand new look, with no two design pieces ever the same. Not only do these MKN knobs create a unique look, but they also help to complete the look when you’re searching for those embellishments to give the extra wow factor.

That basic dresser now is a chic feature, with metal cabinet handles and brass wheels you’ve gone from boring to brilliant in a matter of minutes. 

Don’t worry if you’re not sure how to change the knobs and handles on your furniture. Our How to Measure for Cabinet Handles blog will tell you everything you need to know. Click here to find out more…

Space-Saving Solutions When Upcycling 


Old Wooden Ladder Painted and Repurposed

Reuse a ladder for savvy storage and give it a new lease life in your bathrooms or kitchen for additional storage. Give the ladder a fresh coat of paint to match your interior; coordinate it with the walls and make it seamlessly blend in with the decor. 

Salvaged Wood and Coat Hooks 

A piece of salvaged wood has the potential to be a statement piece with a set of stylish wall hooks. The layers of paint along the wooden panel mean there’s little to do other than find the hooks that you like, attach them to the wood and secure this to the wall. Upcycling has never been easier.

Why Choose French Furniture Fittings to Help Complete Your Upcycling Project

The beauty of upcycling your furniture is that each piece you create is individual to you. French Furniture Fittings have had a handle on the industry since 1995, and are here to help you compliment your latest upcycling projects with a beautiful range of cabinet handles and knobs. 

Whatever upcycling project you decide upon, always follow your own individual style as the possibilities are endless…

Contact us today to find out more on 01380 590 690

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