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4 Tips on Upcycling Furniture

If you're thinking of repurposing your old furniture, take note of these helpful ideas

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Photography: Pat Martires (Main Photo) Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave

“[Choosing to do] DIY [projects] gives us the freedom to do things on our own,” shares interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag. If you have old furniture at home that are gathering dust, you may choose to breathe new life into these pieces by having them reupholstered or repainted. While consulting experts and professionals is still the best way to go, you may try your hand at simple DIY projects. Be guided by these helpful reminders. 

Pick the piece and see how you can best upcycle it

Whether you've picked out a chair from the thrift store or stumbled upon an old chair in your ancestral house, you need to make sure that the piece can still be altered. Inspect the piece and see if it can be repaired. If it has a few scratches, consider using a mouse sander to smoothen its edges. However, if you think that the legs are not sturdy enough—see if it can be repaired by a professional. If you are visiting thrift stores, be careful when making purchases. You don't want to buy a piece that's beyond repair.

Click here for a couple of thrift shopping tips.

Choose a suitable color

If you’re considering having the piece repainted, pick a paint color that suits your interiors. If your room has plain white walls, you may opt for a vibrant shade like sky blue or light orange to turn your furniture into an accent piece

RL Tip: Make sure you choose the right paint for the finish of your furniture.

Click here to learn more about the different kinds of paint. 

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Consider a durable material

When reupholstering furniture, make sure that you work with high quality fabric. Fabrics have three categories depending on their content: natural, synthetic, and blends. Keep in mind that not all natural fabrics are ideal for upholstery so it’s best to research which type suits your home.

RL Tip: Leather is the most ideal but it’s expensive. Every peso is worth it though, as it’s durable, easy-to-maintain, and ages well.

Click here for more tips on fabric selection.

Do your research

Before you proceed with your project, it’s always best to do your research on the processes involved. Check out DIY blogs or magazines that have done similar projects. You can also ask for advice from a professional—especially when it comes to choosing the right material and how to best execute your plan.

Updating an old side table? Click here for the step-by-step guide.

Photo by Pat Martires.

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