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How to Upcycle Furniture & Give it a New Lease on Life

For a budget-friendly way to update your home, here are some DIY and upcycling tips from Better Homes and Gardens presenter, Adam Dovile.

The upcycling trend is on the rise, in fact, four in five Australians have recycled or upcycled preloved/second-hand items - most commonly to do their part in helping to reduce items going to landfill (46%), according to research by Selleys.

Despite this, nearly all (92%) Aussies admitted their skills and knowledge is limited when it comes to DIY and upcycling, with 46% saying they’d like to build on the DIY skills they developed during lockdown further over time. And with three quarters (76%) of Australians leaving unwanted items on the side of the road for collection, there’s literally gold everywhere.

To help you uncover gold in your own home, host of Better Homes & Gardens and Australia’s DIY expert, Adam Dovile shares his tips on how to upcycle furniture yourself.

Adam Dovile's 5 Tips for Upcycling Success

1. Think Before you Throw

Think before you throw away any old furniture or homewares in your home. Consider how you might be able to give it a fresh look with a coat of paint or varnish or even get that worn-out sofa reupholstered. 

2. Get Clued in on Your Local Collection Days

There is gold everywhere if you know where to look. Find out the local collection days in your area and keep an eye out for kerb-side furniture. There may be some gold just waiting for a refresh and the best part, it won’t cost you a thing!

3. Gear Up

Before you get started on your upcycling project, make sure you have the right tools. A good place to start is with some basic hand tools such as a hand-saw, screwdrivers and pliers, and for electric tools a cordless drill and a multi- tool always come in handy. Upcycling your furniture may seem daunting but with the right equipment, it will be more simple than you think.

4. Do Your Research

Make use of the many online resources available, such as Selleys Suburban Gold, where you’ll find lots of information to start you on your upcycling journey. This includes information on local recycling centres in your area, tips and tricks, how-to videos and more.

5. Keep Calm & Don’t Give Up

If you have your heart set on a certain piece of furniture, spend some time looking through local recycling centres, Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree to source it second hand. It may take you a little longer than buying it new but it will ultimately save a pre-loved item from going into landfill.

Loving these handy tips and tricks for upcycling furniture and looking for others ways to style your home? Head straight to our Home Design vertical for all your interior styling and DIY needs.