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Author: Jade Wilce, Posted: Wednesday, 24th January 2018, 09:00

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It’s early in the New Year, we are all watching the pennies and whilst it’s a quiet time in the social calendar there has never been a better time to crack on with some of those DIY projects. My favourite types of DIY projects are those that cost very little money but have a huge impact on a room; and up-cycling old furniture into something new and unique is one of the very best ways to make an impact this new year! Here are my failsafe tips to a great up-cycling project.

Preparation is key
We all know the saying ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ and this is so very true when it comes to an up-cycling project. Preparation is the key to a successful project, great finish and guaranteed wow factor. Always sand down furniture using wire wool or sandpaper before painting, to give it a smooth surface. This will help with the quality of the finish and will make sure the new paint lasts for longer.

Paint types
Chalk paints are great for painting over dark stained or veneered furniture pieces as they don’t need to be primed and give smooth, all-over coverage. However, chalk paint colours are often on the pastel side of the colour wheel – if you want something a little bolder and brighter, many DIY stores colour match and mix up in wood paint for you. Always apply at least two to three thin layers of paint and finish with a layer of varnish or furniture wax to protect the new paint colour and ensure the longevity of the piece.

Stencilling is cool again
Up-cycling is a great way of experimenting with different colours, techniques and paint effects. Stencilling adds a unique, personal touch to your furniture, something that no one else will have in his or her home. The most important thing is to not worry if it goes wrong – you can always paint over it so be as creative as you dare.

It doesn’t stop at paint
Chairs and cushions can easily be updated if the fabric isn’t to your taste anymore or a room colour has changed. Simply remove the old cover and re-upholster with fresh fabric to match your home.

It really doesn’t stop at paint
Want to add pattern but not sure about stencilling? Wallpapering furniture creates a fantastic and unique statement. Cut the wallpaper to size, paste the draw front, apply wallpaper, brush out any air bubbles, let it dry and then varnish to finish for a hardwearing surface that can be used daily.

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