Upcycle it, don’t throw it away!
By David, Oct 30 2018 10:04AM
We are in a 'throw away' society unfortunately.
Clear and Clean House Clearance have always tried to salvage what we can and re-use items where possible.
We always come across items which have seen better days on many of our house clearances in Gloucester, Cheltenham, and Stroud.
Instead of land filling them (which is what a lot of companies do) we try to make them live on…
We use a small business which up-cycles furniture and random items into different, spectacular wanted and usable items.
You will be surprised what you can re-use and update with a little bit of TLC and knowledge.
Below are just a few pointers to help you on your quest in creating wonderful usable items! Good Luck!
1 - Choose a quality piece of furniture. Solid wood is always best - there’s no point investing time and money on paint for a piece that won’t stand the test of time.
2 - Buy cheaply from charity shops or online auction sites.
3 - When you get your piece, start refurbishing it as soon as possible, don’t leave it festering in the shed or garage for months to get damp.
4 - Choose a hard wearing finish - paint with a wax finish on top that will cure (harden) so you won’t have to be too precious with it when it’s finished.
5 - Choose the right materials - chalk paints are super easy and can often be applied without any sanding of the original finish.
6 - If it doesn’t suit your scheme after a few months or years repaint it and put it somewhere else, I have a children’s chair that has been at present 5 different colours since it has been with us!
7 - Be realistic about the time involved to sand back or repaint an item, I would advise choosing a small piece for your first upcycle - a dresser for your kitchen may seem like a great idea but it will take a fair amount of time to do which you need to factor in - a mirror or table lamp can be a great start.
8 - Don’t be afraid of bright colours for an accent piece, you can transform a neutral scheme with a few pops of colour.
9 - Don’t be afraid to go natural if you can’t decide on a paint colour. Solid wood pieces have great character if sanded back and simply waxed or oiled.
10- Enjoy the project! Sanding and painting can be very therapeutic if you have the time and space to do it properly so take your time and relish in your unique finished piece!