The growing emphasis on reducing waste, coupled with the desire most people have to cut back on their spending has led to a boom in people attempting to carry out home improvements and interior refurbishment projects themselves.
Attempting to do your own bricklaying, carpentry, or plastering when you have no experience is a recipe for failure; these are skilled professional trades that need training and experience to master. However, there are plenty of ways in which you can improve the look of your home using creative crafting ideas.
Upcycling has been around as a concept for a good while now, but if you’re broke, it’s a necessity rather than a choice. Taking something old and unstylish and giving it a new lease of life is not only cost effective, it’s also immensely rewarding.
A classic example is distressed furniture. Because the distressed look is all about giving the impression of age and antiquity, using a piece of furniture that’s had a few knocks is no problem at all, and the application of the paint doesn’t take enormous skill.
However, if you search for distressed furniture online, you will find some examples that are less than impressive. Distressed doesn’t mean poor quality, so find some examples of where the distressing process has produced really good results, and use the same techniques.
Another method of upcycling is to repurpose items that no longer have a useful function, for example an old wooden ladder that you’ve had in the garage for years could be spruced up and turned into an effective display shelf.
What you don’t want is for it to look like you ran out of room in your garage and had to store a rubbish old ladder in your living room, so again, look for instructions on how to achieve a stylish finish.
If you want to try something different, there’s an abundance of interesting and adaptable materials available for use in your own craft projects. For instance, you could use liquid polyurethane rubber that comes in a range of different colors to create your own mouldings, or liquid acrylics to create functional and decorative items.
Eclecticism never goes out of style, so if you can’t afford to have a theme or matching items don’t try to hide it; make a point of it instead. Deliberately using a seemingly disparate collection of objects and styles can come together beautifully and become more than the sum of its parts if you get it right.
Much like the ladder in your living room, you don’t want your home to look like a junk shop when it’s supposed to be an eclectic collection, so put some thought and planning into your layout. Not having a theme doesn’t mean you can get away with putting any old rubbish together and saying it’s eclectic; it still has to have that touch of style.
If it’s going to be worth your effort and time, you need to prepare properly so you achieve a result that adds style and value to your home. For that reason, you should devote yourself to carrying out research online before choosing your craft projects and getting underway.
Have you ever upcycled a piece of furniture? Let us know in the comments below!