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5 Ways To Upcycle Your Old Furniture

by Toni Olukiran

4min read

Old furniture can be given a new life when you think outside the box. Here are some tips and tricks to transform your furniture and keep your home sustainably trendy.

Upcycling your furniture has never been easier, and from armchairs, to vases to bookcases, you can get creative and achieve your dream styles sustainably with these nifty hacks. 

Grab some paint

picture and painted vase on white painted chest of drawers

This seems like an obvious one, but painting your furniture is possibly the easiest and most effective way of upcycling your old pieces. Got a wooden chest of drawers that you want to update? Paint it a bold shade for a pop of colour in the room. Paint some glass vases for a matte and sophisticated look. Paint the wooden frame of your armchairs for an updated version. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to elevate your furniture game, making your items look new.

Repurpose discarded items

leather belt shelves with plants


One thing Pinterest can teach us all is that you can make a shelf from literally anything. A popular trend that we love is using old belts as shelf hangers— its contemporary, fun and adds character to your walls. Another trend that’s big at the moment is using wooden ladders as shelf space. You can also buy used wooden crates that can be transformed into anything from  a rustic table to a  shoe rack, and loads more cool ideas. 

It’s all in the details

white cabinet with glass knobs

Changing the knobs and pulls of cabinets and drawers is a simple but trendy way of updating your furniture. If you’ve got cupboards and drawers that look outdated (or you have to live with; renters – we hear you), rather than getting rid of it and buying a new one, simply update with new pulls like these from ceramic ones from Anthropology, and this classic handle from John Lewis

Give it some green

living room with plant in macrame hanging

If you’ve started macrame like many others over quarantine, you can put your new skills to excellent use by hanging up some delicate plants with recycled jars for a fresh, dreamy look. Got any allplants jars you’re itching to repurpose? Here’s the solution for you.

Reupholster your sofa

red sofa with lemons on it

If you’re bored of your sofa or it needs some TLC, instead of buying a new one, try reupholstering it yourself. There are plenty of step-by-step tutorials like this one on how to reupholster your old sofas and armchairs. Choose your favourite materials and patterns for a bespoke sofa you can be proud to say you upgraded yourself!


By Toni Olukiran
Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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