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Upcycling—how to do it right!

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Restoration and upcycling of furniture is becoming very popular across the world and there's no surprise as to why; good quality furniture, re-loved and put to good use again, in spite of our general consumer habit of buying everything new.

Many people like to have a go themselves at giving an old wardrobe a make-over or refurbishing a much treasured coffee table. Others make a whole business from it, buying things up, refurbishing them, and selling them on. Let's take a look at some of the more impressive examples of this that we've seen here at homify…

Music cabinet

This is an upcycled Edwardian music cabinet, from a London furniture design team. Striking but graceful in its design, as ever, and with a new face for the modern day. cabriole legs on a body of deep olive grey painted hardwood. The draws are made for the easy of access of sheet music and are flip down. 

Music cabinet

On the drop down draws is the remains of a 1950's silken scarf, stretched over each of their 6 varnished fronts.

Re-loved telephone seat

A telephone seat, fit for the present day. An antique that may not work in your home, post-decoration, may benefit from being antiqued; just like this one. A project such as this would probably be a good few hours, all in all, but you can see that, in a lot of cases, the outcome is good with furniture of this type.

Upcycled washstand

Another great upcycling example from out friends at Narcissus Road Furniture Design. This is a Victorian, pine washstand in a steel blue, again with the application of a vintage silk running down the left hand side. An excellent piece to showcase in the hallway for temporary storage or even in the bathroom.

Wine crates

These pieces aren't so much upcycled as just used for a different purpose. However, due to their increasing popularity for alternative use about the home, we thought they'd seem fitting for this article. Design houses and individuals are coming up with more and more creative uses for these attractive pieces.,  a German reseller of these pieces, sells a crate at only €8 a pop and, at that price, you can see just why people like them so much.

Wine crates

You really can use these beauties for anything about the home: coffee tables, seats, custom storage (like above), wall mounted drinks cabinets, foot stools or, if you really want to push the boat out, even to store wine on-of all things!

Need some more tips for the home? Have a look at some more articles—'Growing herbs indoors' 'Home design ideas'

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