Sharing the Love for Pre-loved: Upcycling Tips From the Experts

Written on 10th February 2023
Sharing the Love for Pre-loved: Upcycling Tips From the Experts

Characterful, versatile and with its own unique story to tell, pre-loved furniture brings a special touch to every home. To help you on your way to being an upcycling expert, we’ve partnered with Vinterior, the leading online pre-owned furniture marketplace. Together, we’re releasing a capsule collection of freshly painted, vintage furniture to show the full potential of pre-loved and inspire you to give it a go. So, keep your eyes peeled for the big reveal, coming soon.

To tide you over until then, we’ve asked the wonderful Lucy Ward, Brand Director at Vinterior, and our own Brand Ambassador, the inimitable Patrick O’Donnell, for their three top tips. Get ready, it’s time for an upcycling masterclass.


Patrick’s top tips for upcycling success

Vinteriors chest of drawers

Bamboozle No.304 in Modern Eggshell

Preparation, preparation, preparation

If you want your endeavours to last, preparation is key. Firstly, make sure your furniture is suitable for painting, for example, some powder-coated or melamine pieces may not respond well. Then prepare and prime. For detailed information on setting yourself up for success, take a look at the Farrow & Ball Product Advice Sheets.

The world is your oyster

Half the fun of upcycling is finding the beauty in items that need love. A considered lick of paint can be truly transformative — with some creative taping, even the most aesthetically lack-lustre table can become a work of art to be proud of.

Start small

Ease in gently with a lamp, mirror or side table, rather than going straight to a gigantic wardrobe. This way, you’ve set yourself a challenge you can easily finish and feel proud of.

Lucy’s three tips for finding the perfect piece

Vinteriors chest of drawers

Beverly No.310 in Modern Eggshell

Look beyond imperfections

Scratches can be sorted and they add character, so look beyond imperfections. It’s about finding something that really speaks to you.

Choose styles you love

Rather than thinking about what you ‘should’ upcycle, choose furniture you love and suits your space. Paint can add personality to lots of different styles from traditional farmhouse to mid-century and even art deco.

Consider your space

Before you jump in, think about where you want to put the furniture. Consider the size and the shape you’re working with to find the perfect piece.

Looking For More Tips?

For more top tips and ideas, read our complete guide to freshening up furniture. From design inspiration to step by step instructions, we’re covering all bases.

Read The Guide

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