Giving your new furniture a new lease of life

January is the month of the year where we are watching the pennies more than ever, but there may be a lot that you want to get on with around the home at this time of the year. If you fancy some new furniture but don’t want to stretch the credit cards even further, why not think about up-cycling what you already have, or some old furniture that you might have come across in a charity shop that could benefit from some TLC? Another benefit of upcycling, apart from the fact that you save a lot of money, is that you end up with a piece of unique furniture.

Before you paint a piece of furniture, always ensure that you prepare the surface before you begin. Use wire wool or sandpaper to give it a clean smooth surface ready for you to work on. Don’t be tempted to skip this part as I will give the furniture a better quality of finish that will last longer.

Think about the colour that you are going to use and what sort of paint you may need to obtain the desired finish. You can visit a DIY store that will mix paints for you to achieve the colour that you want. Chalk paints are ideal for this and tend to come in pretty pastel colours – perfect for a shabby chic look. Use two to three thin layers of paint rather than thick layers and finish it with varnish to protect it afterwards.

If you are feeling creative, why not experiment with stencils – have a look around and don’t be afraid to experiment – this is your opportunity to create a really unique piece, and if you really don’t like it, just paint over it! Wallpaper is another great way to create unique and effective pieces of furniture. Choose a wallpaper that you like and use it to create an expensive looking statement piece. Cut a piece of wallpaper to the correct size, paste it onto the front of a drawer and let it dry. Varnish over it as you would with the paint and you have a great new piece of furniture!

When you have completed your piece, think about accessorising – for example have you created a beautiful shabby chic dining table? Make your own unique tablecloth in a pretty cotton poplin fabric for the perfect finish.