Upcycling Old Furniture – DIY Inspiration To Save You Time & Money

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Upcycling furniture can be a great way to save you time and money during your house clearance process. If you are looking to reclaim your space, and you are thinking about hiring clearance services, then our team here at Greenleaf Clearance are more than happy to help. In this article, we will be discussing how to part ways with your old furniture in an environmentally friendly way, and what the most popular ways are to give your home furnishings a second lease of life. 

Parting Ways with Your Old Furniture: How to Do It Right

Are you tired of old, worn-out furniture taking up space in your home? There are many ways to reclaim your house, and with a little creativity and DIY inspiration, you can save yourself both time and money. Whilst you can opt to get rid of old furniture, you can also consider transforming dated items into unique pieces which are stylish, and even potentially earn a little bit of extra money. 

Disposing of furniture can become both costly and time-consuming, especially when tackling the task solo. You may require the booking of a moving van or a sizable vehicle for transporting the heavier pieces to their intended destination. In addition, donating home furnishings can require you to make an appointment at your local landfill site, or call ahead if you are looking to donate them to charity – both of which can take valuable time out of your day. So, what is the best way to part ways with your unwanted furniture?

How To Get Started With Selling Your Unwanted Furniture

If you are in the process of moving or clearing out your home, then it can be a daunting task to remove all your unwanted furniture. Here at Greenleaf Clearance, we have a dedicated team of professionals who can help you during every stage of your house-clearing service. Our clearance services include; 

As experts, we understand how difficult sorting through your belongings can be. To start, we would recommend separating out your unwanted pieces into piles; donate, revamp and dump. This way you see how much of your furniture can be done up and sold on. During this process, our team is more than happy to help. 

How To Revamp Old Furniture 

Renovating old furniture can be a great way of giving it a new lease of life. This process not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but also significantly increases its market desirability – yes, you read that right! One of the best ways to get rid of old furniture is to revamp it and sell it on. It’s never been easier to auction off preloved furniture pieces that have been redecorated. Here are some of our top tips on how to revamp the home furnishing you are trying to sell.

A Fresh Coat of Paint 

Sometimes, revamping old furniture can be as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint. For example, wooden pieces such as dining room chairs, dressers, or even your kitchen table can look completely different with a fresh lick of paint. 

The beauty of this approach is how easy it can be. You don’t need to be a professional craftsman or have a designer’s mind to get started with a project such as this – all you need is a little inspiration. Have a search around on Pinterest or Etsy to see how other people have transformed their furniture and see if you can pick up on some trending designs that would be easy to replicate. 

The Magic Of Decoupage 

Another popular way many people choose to update their old furniture is by using a  decoupage technique. This is great for covering tables, cabinets and chairs. It’s common to use beautiful patterns, images from magazines, paper or even spare fabric in this process to get a completely different look. This technique can transform plain items into more stylish statement pieces that will be sure to catch the eye of many. 

Vintage Vibes 

Vintage continues to be in style within the world of furniture – and it’s easy to achieve. Whilst some of your pieces may not be old enough to officially be considered ‘vintage’, there are plenty of ways to get your unwanted items to look like they belong to another era. You can give your furniture a vintage look by distressing the edges or adding antique-style hardware. For example, if you have an old chest of drawers lying around, adding brass handles and joints can make it look more retro.

Simply Selling Your Furniture 

If upcycling furniture is really not your thing, then you can also try to simply sell your unwanted items. You know the old saying, beauty is in the eye of the beholder – well sometimes, we’ve simply fallen out of love with some of our older pieces of furniture and someone else might see their potential and cherish them as valuable additions to their home. Try listing it on your local selling sites such as your town or cities Facebook groups or Facebook Marketplace. You can also diversify where you are selling your furniture by using other sites such as Gumtree, Vinted or FreeCycle can also work just as well.

Benefits To Upcycling Your Furniture

Environmental Impact 

Upcycling your items rather than simply throwing them away can be a much more eco-friendly choice. By upcycling you are reducing waste whilst also lessening the demand for new resources and minimising your carbon footprint. 

You’ve probably heard of fast fashion before, where large companies cycle through fashion trends quickly, meaning that a lot of unwanted clothing pieces end up in landfills annually. Well, a similar problem is present in the furniture industry too – fast furniture. According to FurnitureNews.com ‘22 million pieces of furniture are discarded each year in the UK’. With so many pieces being sent to the dump, it can be a struggle for our planet to keep up.  By instead choosing to upcycle, you are preventing furniture from ending up in landfills and contributing to a more sustainable approach to waste management.

Earning Extra Money

In addition to helping the environment, you will also be given the opportunity to earn some extra money. Whether you are moving house and need to rid yourself of some furniture pieces, or you have simply fallen out of love with some of your home furnishings, selling your furniture online can provide additional income. 

Our Environmental Beliefs & Practises

Here at Greenleaf Clearance, we are dedicated to protecting the environment. During your clearance services, we will ensure that all pieces are disposed of in the most eco-friendly way. For instance, we always provide our customers with a Duty of Care Waste Transfer Note. This protects you from flying tipping. In addition, our team can always be on hand to advise when it comes to what and how to dispose of certain items in the most environmentally conscious way possible. If you are looking for a London or Surrey clearing, reach out to us today on 0808 164 8226.

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