Four ways to upcycle your furniture to give your home a new lease of life

UPCYCLING old furniture is a great way to give your house a new lease of life.

It’s cheaper than buying brand new, and good for the planet too.

A survey by insurer Aviva found that 35 per cent of us plan to upcycle more, and 22 per cent intend to buy “pre-loved” or second-hand stuff.

Here’s how to do it for less . . . 

THRIFTY FREEBIES: Pick up free or very cheap furniture and upcycling accessories from websites and apps such as Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle, Olio and Nextdoor.

TOP DRAWER: The ManoMano blog has loads of upcycling ­projects, including a step-by-step guide for turning wooden drawers into storage boxes that easily tuck away under beds or sofas.

You’ll only need a handful of items, such as leftover paint and old magazines.

Find out how at


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LICK OF PAINT: Tired of looking at the same cupboards or side tables?

Give them a refresh with wallpaper or ­stencils. Découpage is the art of decorating surfaces by applying picture cut-outs and layers of varnish.

Check Pinterest for inspiration and use the free how-to guides on YouTube.

Both MINTbyMichelle and DecoupageQueen have channels with explainers.

Swapping handles can give your furniture an added lift — see the clearance sale for items starting at 50p.

GLAM UP YOUR GARDEN: Upcycling is a great way to spruce up your outdoors, whether it’s turning old cans into ­hanging planters or using mason jars as candle holders.

If wood features in your plans, remember to use weather-proof paint.

B&Q’s website has plenty of multibuy offers, including two for £22 on Cuprinol garden shades

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WOODEN IT BE NICE: Don’t throw away leftover pallets, as they can be used for a whole variety of upcycling projects, including making shoe racks and even creating a fancy ­garden bar.

Check out the tutorials on to find out how.

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