Upcycling Old Furniture – Ideas with Paint & Colour

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Upcycling Old Furniture

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: sustainablog.org

We noticed that many of you seemed to enjoy our previous post on ideas for how to “upcycle” disused items from the home into beautiful and on-trend décor items for the home and garden. So today we thought we’d serve you up some more delicious inspiration for upcycling old furniture with a colour and paint twist…

Upcycling Old Furniture

Upcycling Old Furniture

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: featherandnestkim.blogspot.com

More often than not, the ingenuity of creating an effective piece of upcycled décor is in giving it a well-chosen lick of paint in a statement colour (like the royal purple colour used above) and in “re-imagining” how objects are organised within a space (again, see the picture above).

Upcycling Old Furniture

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: indulgy.com

And sometimes it’s about tapping into your latent creativity and actually painting on designs and effects to the pieces; I love the folksy twist that has been given to these old wooden chairs, and the bright colours also reference the popular colour trend that is happening now. Another route to go when upcycling old furniture is to get graphic and geometric with your designs, as in the images below…

Upcycling Old Furniture

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: indulgy.com

Upcycling Old Furniture

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: indulgy.com

If the idea of repainting an entire piece of furniture is too daunting and time-consuming for your liking, you can always make use of a stencil to give your furniture pieces a quick face-lift…

Upcycling Old Furniture

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: mabelslog.com

Upcycling Old Furniture

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: thiscolossal.com

If matte colour isn’t your thing and your hoping to achieve a slightly more translucent wash of colour, why not consider giving your rustic wooden furniture a coat of tinted varnish?

Upcyled furniture with Paint, Image Source theberry.com

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: theberry.com

I also enjoy giving a space a “window-dressing”; you can do this by re-colouring the curtain rails with pops of colour and getting creative by replacing the stoppers with more ornate, home-made ones…

Upcyled furniture with Paint, Image Source familytreasures.co.za

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: familytreasures.co.za

In my previous upcycling post I suggested fashioning disused glass bottles into candlestick holders by coating their insides in paint. Another variation of this idea is to coat jam jars with paint and use them as pretty pencil holders in your study. Yet another spin on this same concept is to glue plastic animals and figurines to jam jar lids and then spray-paint them to create a funky collection of odds and sods on your work tops. (In the image below, they’ve used luxe sheen of gold but I have seen equally effective use of neon colour pops).

Upcyled furniture with Paint, Image Source indulgy.com

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: indulgy.com

I also found these beautiful tea light holders – once again making use of glass bottles and jars that have been coated in paint but with scratch details to allow for beautiful glimpses of candlelight through the walls of the vessel.

Upcyled furniture with Paint, Image Source theberry.com

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: theberry.com

And lastly – as I said, sometimes it really is just about “re-imagining” a purpose for an item and adding a wash of ecstatic colour. Take the pretty mint ceramics (below) which have been turned into hanging succulent planters… beautiful in their own right, but when placed against a backdrop of pink, become absolutely droolicious. Try your hand at creating hanging ceramic planters of your own using coloured twine, as below, for an equally simple and effective indoor planter idea…

Upcyled furniture with Paint, Image Source pinterest.com

Upcyled furniture with Paint, Image Source pinterest.com

Upcyled furniture with Paint, Image Source theberry.com

Upcycled Furniture with Paint, Image Source: theberry.com

Happy upcycling, dear readers – let us know what you get up to! 😉

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3 Responses

  1. I love the ideas and would like to know where I can get hold of the books please?

  2. Plascon says:

    hi Mary Ann
    Please let us know which books you are after, I’m afraid I am not wearing my clever cap today?

  3. Cheryl says:

    Some fabulous ideas here! Any idea where we can get step-by-step instructions on how to do these?

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