Our Tips & Tricks

Refresh Furniture with DIY Upcycles

May 25, 2024

Refresh Furniture with DIY Upcycles

Discovering the Joys of Furniture Upcycling

I’ve always been the type of person who loves giving old things a new lease on life. There’s just something so satisfying about taking a neglected piece of furniture and transforming it into something beautiful and functional. And over the years, I’ve noticed that this furniture-flipping passion of mine has become a full-blown movement in the DIY community.

It all started when I discovered the magic of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint. Suddenly, the idea of revamping a tired old dresser or side table seemed within reach, even for a novice like myself. I quickly became addicted to the thrill of the hunt – scouring thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets for that perfect piece just waiting to be reimagined.

As DIY expert Do Dodson explains, “Giving old furniture a new life has always been a thing for me, but through the years, I noticed more and more people were upcycling, and finding old pieces of furniture suddenly developed into an upcycling movement in the furniture-flipping community.”

Hunting for Hidden Gems

The thrill of the hunt is half the fun when it comes to furniture upcycling. I’ve scoured every nook and cranny, from my own garage and attic to the aisles of the local Goodwill, in search of that diamond in the rough. And let me tell you, the satisfaction of scoring a free curbside find or negotiating an unbelievable deal at a yard sale is unmatched.

As Do Dodson advises, “Nothing gets me more excited than a FREE curbside find. We in the furniture flipping industry refer to that as a SCORE! But it’s not every day you come across the freebies. You’ll want to keep your eyes open on every corner because you never know when you may find that SCORE.”

And the best part? You don’t have to be an interior design expert or a professional furniture painter to breathe new life into these secondhand gems. As Do points out, “So often, all you need to update these second-hand furniture pieces is a fresh coat of paint in a popular color.”

Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary

Once I’ve found my latest upcycling project, the real fun begins. I love the challenge of envisioning the endless possibilities and then bringing my creative vision to life. Whether it’s a simple repair of a broken leg or a complete overhaul with a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware, the process of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary is truly my therapy.

As the DIY experts at A Sustainably Simple Life note, “We love a good DIY project! Not only is it fun to give new life to old things, it is a great way to keep items out of the landfill. Part of a sustainability mindset is finding ways to use what we already have and therefore purchase less.”

And the best part? Once I’ve completed my latest DIY masterpiece, I get to share the joy with others. As Do Dodson mentions, “You can always sell your repurposed and upcycled furniture to make yourself some extra cash.” In fact, I’ve even used the proceeds from my furniture flips to fund family vacations – talk about a win-win!

Embracing the Unexpected

One of the things I love most about furniture upcycling is the element of surprise. You never know what hidden gem you might uncover or what unexpected transformation might unfold. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, a new challenge or a unique opportunity presents itself, and I find myself diving headfirst into a project that pushes the boundaries of my creativity.

Take the DIY experts at Shop at Blu, for example. They transformed a vintage piano bench into a stunning piece of furniture, blending the old with the new in a way that was both unexpected and utterly charming.

And Sue from the YouTube channel Shop at Blu took on the challenge of refreshing a family heirloom bench, expertly combining a custom-mixed blue paint color with a vibrant striped fabric to create a piece that was both timeless and trend-forward.

Bringing Old Furniture Back to Life

Whether it’s a thrift store find, a curbside score, or a beloved family heirloom, the joy of furniture upcycling lies in the endless possibilities. With a little creativity, a whole lot of elbow grease, and a dash of unexpected flair, you can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

And the best part? By giving new life to old furniture, you’re not just creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces – you’re also doing your part to reduce waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Adam Cleaning is proud to support the furniture upcycling movement, and we can’t wait to see what kind of DIY magic you’ll create next!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your paintbrushes, your power tools, and your thrifting hat, and let’s get to work on refreshing some furniture with a little DIY upcycling magic.

Continue Reading
New Posts
Why choose us

With Adam Cleaning, you can expect a team of trained and skilled professionals dedicated to providing top-notch cleaning services. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and commitment to excellence, ensuring every space we clean is left sparkling.


Your satisfaction is our top priority. That's why all our services come with a satisfaction guarantee. If you're not completely happy with our work, we'll make it right. That's the Adam Cleaning guarantee.

Total Solution

No matter your cleaning needs, Adam Cleaning is your total solution. From carpet cleaning to ironing services, end of tenancy cleaning to garden cleaning, we offer a wide range of services designed to make your life cleaner, simpler, and more enjoyable.