Quick, Easy and Cheap Upcycling Ideas to Transform Your Old Furniture

Old Furniture

The world of interiors has joined the movement to create a more sustainable future by reducing the waste from furniture production through upcycling. Thanks to upcycling, throwing away old and worn-out furniture that is still functional has since become a thing of the past. In addition to breathing new life into your worn-out furniture, upcycling can help you save money on expensive replacements. So before you think about getting rid of that old piece of furniture, take a look at some of these easy, quick, and inexpensive upcycling ideas.

Modernise Your Dated with a Trendy Colour

Your living room or bedroom sideboard may have started to look worn-out, giving the space a sort of dull appearance. By giving it a new coat of paint with a trendy colour, you can significantly transform the appearance of the entire room. When choosing a paint colour, it is important that you don’t rush into things, as you wouldn’t want the overhaul to look shabby. 

Once you’ve settled on a colour, ensure that you use only the best tools and paint quality for the paint job. If you have no experience with painting, it is better you hire the services of a reputable antique furniture restoration company so as to ensure a professional-looking finish.

Upholster Your Headboard

This can be a relatively cheap and fun DIY project for you. The headboard will need to be removed before beginning and this can be quite tricky. However, there are several helpful videos online that can show you the correct and safe way to do this. You’ll also be needing materials like wadding, glue, a staple gun, some one-inch foam and the fabric you plan to upholster the headboard with.

As mentioned earlier, the upholstering process is easy. All you need to do is cut the foam to match the size of your headboard, glue the foam to your headboard, affix the wadding and finally cover up with the fabric (you can use a staple gun or fabric glue for this). 

Create a Storage Space with old Wood Crates

Create an inexpensive storage unit for your living room by recycling old wood crates. This storage space can be fitted beneath your TV or behind your favourite settee. This is another cool DIY project and what’s even better is that constructing it doesn’t require any power tools. All you need to do is stack the crates till you achieve the right configuration, then proceed to secure the sides of the adjacent crates with large bulldog clips. 

Make sure you don’t stack heavy items near the top of the crates, as it can cause them to topple over. You can also choose to paint the crates in a colour that complements the overall look of your living room.

Update With new Accessories 

You can never go wrong with new accessories. Apart from being very budget-friendly, adding new accessories like locks, handles or knobs to your antique or dated piece of furniture is one of the easiest and quickest ways to rejuvenate its appearance. 

Revamp Garden Furniture With Spray Paint

When it comes to upcycling, your outdoor furniture isn’t left out, so before you ditch that garden table or bench, try breathing new life into it with some spray paint. You’ll need to sand and clean off the old paint. Once the surface is clean, add your primer and proceed to spray with the new paint until you achieve the desired coat. 

Consider Decorating With Decoupage

This art of decorating with coloured paper cutouts is excellent for upcycling old pieces of furniture like tables, chairs, cabinets, chests, boxes, and sideboards. You can start by spraying the furniture’s surface in a new colour, then proceed to add a decoupaged gold palm leaf print or floral cutout before finishing things off with a few coats of varnish.


If you have a worn-out piece of furniture that you don’t want to let go of, above are some of the quickest and most affordable upcycling ideas you can use to revamp their appearance.

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