The trend of upcycling your furniture has really taken off over the last 12 months, this is largely a part of us having more time on our hands over the pandemic. It goes without saying this is a wonderful way to give your old, classic pieces of furniture a new lease of life and prolonging the life of your loved pieces whilst enjoying new trends. Fast fashion / fast trends are a major cause of environmental concerns and if we can all do our bit for our planet and use what we have already, we’re kicking off on the right foot. Upcycling can be anything from altering your cabinet hardware to giving a fresh lick of paint and new accessories and we have just things you need to begin your new upcycling journey. 

Cabinet Hardware

A simple place to begin is by choosing to change your cabinet hardware, these small simple steps make huge impact when altering your furniture pieces. The wide variety in styles means you have a lot of options to go from, so firstly you need to start by deciding what sort of interior design look you’re aiming for in your living space. Looking at 2021 interior trends, you’re looking for an industrial interior, you should consider a finger edge pull in antique brass to give the weathered look and industrial feel to your furniture piece and style with a pop of colour through greenery and a touch of natural material in the form of concrete coasters. 

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Continuing with the industrial vibe, if your piece of furniture is natural wood, you could look to re-sand and re-stain the piece of furniture to bring out a darker tone. This is really in touch with the industrial trend at the moment and would make an eye-catching focal piece to any living space. If this to your taste, you could look at brightening the cabinet through a fresh lick of paint, sticking to neutral tones to keep on trend this season. A beautiful colour alongside your fresh, new cabinet hardware will finish off any piece in need of some TLC. 


Accessorising is an important finish to your upcycling project. Whilst changing your cabinet hardware, re-staining your wood or a fresh lick of paint gives a fresh start, the finish touches really lay in the accessorising. It all depends on what style you’re going for and your budget. Accessorising your furniture does not have to be expensive at all, so shop around and you’ll find the right products for you and your budget. Firstly, in keeping with the industrial trend that is ever growing at the moment, you could look to consider industrial lighting in the iconic tripod style. This is sure to add some texture and definition to your finishing touches. For a little pop of colour without over doing it, purchasing some greenery brightens up any dull corner and creates a beautiful focal point to your living space, perfectly tying in the furniture upcycle.