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Step-by-step: How to upcycle an old chest of drawers

Posted on 21 September 2016

If you’re already finding ways to save money on your energy bills, why not get involved with upcycling, the latest sustainability trend?

This environmentally friendly practice makes use of the items you would normally throw out or take to the tip; instead, turning them into show-stopping features in your home. Alongside saving money on new furniture, upcycling is also tackling waste, and can be one step towards living a greener lifestyle.

Millions of pieces of furniture are sent to landfill every year with many of these in a condition that can be restored or repaired. The truth is, to join the upcycling community and tackle this waste problem, you don’t actually have to be a talented craftsman. You can repaint, reupholster and redesign as little or as much as you want, upcycling anything from an old wine bottle to a preloved chest of drawers.

To help save money on your living costs and do your bit for the environment, we’ve collaborated with upcycler Jo Edge, from Reclaimed & Reloved, to create 10 simple steps to upcycle a chest of drawers.

upcycling infographic

Quick tips

  • Don’t just stick to pale colours, try dark over light for more impact!
  • Invest in some good brushes; they make all the difference to the finish of your piece!

About Reclaimed and Reloved

Jo Edge owns Reclaimed & Reloved, a business dedicated to restoring much-loved pieces of furniture. She started upcycling in the early 80s; “Money was tight and the best way to furnish my home was to get creative,” she says. Jo proudly admits that only three items in her home are brand-new!

Although Jo was always into arts and crafts and is an experienced upcycler, this sustainability trend can be undertaken by anyone. “Preparation is the key, spend time on this and the painting will progress much more smoothly. If you make a mistake, don’t worry, it’s a learning curve, the most important thing is to have fun,” Jo says.

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