Upcycling Wooden Furniture Ideas

Dark wooden upcycled furniture

If you’re in need of some new furniture but don’t have the budget, you might be looking to revamp the pieces you already have in your home. A vintage look to furniture is very popular right now, which means the big price tags are on items that you might be able to create yourself at home! With just the right tools, you could be creating a masterpiece worth hundreds for your home.

The truth is, it’s not as hard as you might think. However, inexperienced handymen and women might not know where to start. With our tips and guidance, you’ll have a brand new piece of upcycled furniture in no time!

What is Upcycling furniture?

Upcycling, rather than recycling, is the process of taking something old and disused and making it into something amazing. Taking an old item of furniture and giving it a new lease of life is upcycling. Upcycling is not only a more affordable option but is also great for the environment! With less furniture being thrown into landfills, what’s not to like about upcycling?

Staining wood with white spray gun

How to Upcycle Wooden Furniture

When it comes to furniture, wooden items are easier than anything to upcycle. With simply a sand down and a fresh lick of paint, you won’t even recognise your old wardrobes, tables and shelving unit.

One thing to remember when it comes to upcycling wooden furniture is to be creative! You aren’t restricted to the shapes or colours you start off with. Everything you see before you can be changed during the upcycling process. The versatility of a shelving unit shouldn’t be underestimated!


Best Paint for Upcycling

The best type of paint for upcycling will depend on where the item will be sitting. If you’re upcycling a bench or an outdoor chair, a more durable paint might be necessary, which would require oil-based or alkyd paint. When using this paint, make sure to use it outside, as it contains harmful solvents. It can also take a while to dry, so bear this in mind when painting furniture.

If you’re upcycling a wardrobe, shelving units, or any other indoor items, less strong paint can be used, like acrylic or water-based paint. These are much easier to apply several coats of, while you might need a primer or a varnish to preserve it.

Fabric under a sewing machine.

How to Upcycle Soft Furnishings

It could be that your sofa or chair needs a whole new look, and there’s no better way than to introduce a brand new fabric. When it comes to upholstered furniture, it might take a little more preparation than simply a new lick of paint. 

Every item is different, however for most upholstery projects you’ll likely need:

  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Upholstery nails (optional)
  • Pencils
  • Screwdrivers
  • Boxcutters

When undertaking upholstery projects, it’s not always easy. Starting easy is the best way to build your skillset, so this would be a great way to start. Taking things slow and careful is also a massive help, taking photos as you go to ensure everything is replaced in the best way possible. Taking your time and remembering the finishing touches is just as important as getting the bulk of the work done.


And if you need a space to store all your refurbishing equipment, why not consider household self storage with Easistore? With flexible sizes and prices, you can store as much or as little as you want.

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