‘Furniture flipping’: the next big trend in home sustainability?

Sustainability is back on the agenda for 2021. Many people want to reduce their waste and help save the planet.

According to a report by E-On Energy, nine out of ten Britons are on the priority list for next year to be more environmentally friendly.

Recycling more household waste and donating unwanted items to charity shops are two ways to reduce landfill waste. The conversion and upcycling of furniture is another trend to increase sustainability in the household.

An innovative way to give your household a touch of individuality is “turning furniture”. What is likely to be a top trend in 2021 is flipping furniture by taking used, vintage, or even damaged furniture and completely redesigning it.

Here, designers from Essential Living and vintage expert Kate Beavis give their top tips for “turning” your furniture.

Repurpose and upcycling

The conversion of furniture is more than just a trend. It is a convenient way to use an item in a way that is different from its original use, or to change the item’s original appearance. If you think your furniture is a little dated, doesn’t match your new wall color, or doesn’t match the new decor you’ve been longing for on Pinterest, it might be time to rethink.

Old Victorian bookcases are aesthetic favorites with curved lines and a highly crafted finish. Usually they are used to hold books. Sometimes they are forgotten in the corner when they gather dust. So why not use them well and create a perfect storage space for your spirits, wine and glasses?

“Do your research first to figure out what it should look like because you don’t want to make a mistake,” vintage expert Beavis said. “If the object is made of thin veneer wood, it cannot be sanded as hard because the actual wooden part is very thin. We made this mistake once and sanded it down to the cheap base wood. If this happens the only way to fix it is to paint it. “

Tilt Pexels table furniture

Simple corrections

Shady drawer, wobbly chair leg? Don’t let that put you off. Many basic furniture fixes don’t require a professional. Instead, they’ll likely just have to tighten or replace the screws, and Lockdown 3.0 gives us the perfect opportunity to learn a new DIY skill.

A bedside table can look worn out over the years, but there are a few simple ways you can design it yourself. First, use a screwdriver to remove any hardware or handles from the drawers that are either faulty or out of date and fill in any holes or shavings with some wooden putty knife.

Another home trick that many swear by is using clear nail polish. Put a small amount of polish in the area and carefully sand it down with fine sandpaper after it has set. “Liquid gold or teak oil is great for removing scratches on dark wood, especially mid-century furniture,” says Beavis. “The scratches are still there, but they are being filled with the oil. Tin foil is great for removing rust from chrome – crush it into a ball and rub it gently on the rust. “

PXhere painting

A new coat of paint

Wooden furniture has likely been treated with paint or varnish and has accumulated dirt and grease over the years. Hence, one of the most popular (and easiest) ways to flip furniture is to give the piece a brand new coat of paint.

“When you paint a piece of furniture; Finish is the key, ”says Beavis. “Take the time to sand the object, clean it completely to remove any dust, then prime it before painting. Patience is what you need “

Before applying your paint, you need to properly prep the surface by washing it with either wet and dry sandpaper with a mild detergent and scraping it – you really need to put your back into it, though. Alternatively, you can wipe the surface with a sponge and then use a suitable primer.

Wood primer should only be used on bare wooden furniture – and if it has been painted or varnished beforehand, use a multi-surface primer. When painting decorative paints, watch out for paints that are marked for wood and metal, otherwise you may get a dodgy paint job.

For furniture with finer details like doors, you need to start with these edges first, followed by the moldings and inlays. Then move on to the main surface by covering it with paint and then using your brush to spread it evenly. Move it left and right followed by up and down to make sure it is brushed evenly.

“All the shabby chic in white or muted tones is still popular in the real houses. However, to be really on trend, go for dark colors, ”says Beavis. “Dark blue and green or dark gray are very popular and look fabulous against the ocher or blush pink accessories that are everywhere these days.”

Newly painted buffet from Pear Tree Stitching

Swap handles and legs

If you can manage with a screwdriver, you can replace the handles or legs with some other way of remodeling drawers, shelves, and cabinets. Fortunately, many hardware stores that sell essential items are still delivering home deliveries during the lockdown, so it’s easy to order additional parts.

Square veneer legs can peel off or fall off completely over time, but the solution is simple. All you need is wood glue and a couple of clamps. Remove the leg from the furniture and place it on a flat surface.

First, clean everything that’s lurking under the veneer, such as: B. Dirt or grime and apply the wood glue. Next, use books, body weights, or clamps to hold the wood glue in place and begin its work.

“Replacing handles can lift an item, but make sure you swap them all out and choose a style that suits the part or is on-trend,” says Beavis.

Furniture that turns PXhere over

Transform a room with interior decoration

Some pieces of furniture are beyond repair, but don’t give up at the sight of a missing drawer or dirty chair cushions. This is where accessories come into play.

For the top of a side table that peeled off after the repair, find a patterned cloth of your choice, light cotton wool, and an electric stapler. Next, measure a piece to fit over the top and tack it on. To finish off, you can add nail heads and decorate the edges for a clean, embroidered finish.

“Adding some pillows, vases, fresh flowers, or a plant and rug on the floor will help too,” says Beavis. “It basically has to be styled but keep it simple as you want people to notice the furniture first and not be distracted by the fluffy pillow.”

Alternatively, a new throw on your sofa to cover cracks or a tapestry to hide stains can make all the difference – what people can’t see won’t hurt them.

Like most things, flipping furniture is a learning process, but if you follow these handy tips, you can have a lasting look at your home in no time.

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