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How to DIY your way to a designer home

How to DIY your way to a designer home

Just got the keys to your new home? Congratulations, you’re now officially a homeowner! Whether it’s your first home or you’ve moved before, there’s always one question at the back of your mind: how can I make this house my home?

A great way to do this is by injecting your own personal style into each room. While this can be expensive, a more affordable option is to upcycle older furniture into designer-inspired pieces. Not only is this good for your pocket, but it’s also good for the environment – it’s estimated that a whopping nine million tonnes of furniture is taken to landfills every year.

With upcycling, you aren’t restricted by the styles and latest trends within your budget as you’re creating the pieces yourself, meaning that every piece is a reflection of your sense of style while costing less money. You can be surrounded by your favourite things every day, with the added satisfaction of saying “I made that!”.

Don’t know where to start? Take a look at our step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Research the look

One of the most important parts of upcycling furniture is finding the style that’s right for you. Whether you’re a fan of maximalist, colourful pieces or neutral, calming tones, there’s a style for everyone.

Geometry plays a huge part in interior design, with shapes influencing the overall ambience of a room. Choosing circular pieces creates a calming atmosphere in the room, while unusual shapes help to create a bolder look.

Next, you’ll need to figure out the colour scheme for your upcycling project. If you’re opting for calming colours then go for blues, greens, and whites. If you’re after something to make a statement, then go for more vibrant colours, like hot pink and bright green.

Step 2: Learn how to do it

Once you have found the inspiration to base your look on, you need to learn the technique. This is a critical step in the furniture flipping process, as using the wrong technique could influence the longevity of your furniture. Looking at online resources like YouTube and TikTok, as well as more traditional sources like books, is a great way to learn how to complete your project.

Step 3: Get the material

Once you have figured out the method, it’s time to make a list of all the things you will need. Some furniture projects can be done with things you might already have around the house, but you may need to purchase other materials from the shop.

It is important to set yourself a budget during this step, so the piece can remain as pocket-friendly as possible. A great way to shop within your budget is heading over to online marketplaces, like Facebook Marketplace and eBay, and snapping up good quality second-hand pieces.

Keep in mind that you could run into unexpected costs if you purchase a piece of furniture that needs a lot of restoration work done to it prior to decorating, so it’s best to get something in fairly good condition. Depending on the project, you may need to strip paint, sand down wood, or deep clean material, all of which may require specialist tools.

Step 4: Get upcycling

Now you have your inspiration and material, all that’s left to do is get renovating! It is important at this step to put a protective cover on anything that you wouldn’t want to get accidentally marked, and depending on the project, you may need protective clothing, like eyewear, for yourself.

One of the most important parts of upcycling furniture is finding the style that’s right for you. Whether you’re a fan of maximalist, colourful pieces or neutral, calming tones, there’s a style for everyone. Geometry plays a huge part in interior design, with shapes influencing the overall ambience of a room. Choosing circular pieces creates a calming atmosphere in the room, while unusual shapes help to create a bolder look.

Take a look at some of the most popular ways to DIY your way to a designer home.

Rug hack – Rugs can be a costly addition to your home, with designer rugs costing even more. A great way to cut the cost of a designer rug is to make it yourself! Depending on the design, you can purchase a number of cheaper, solid block-colour rugs and cut them to the desired shape, using your chosen designer rug as your inspiration. After this, all that’s left to do is attach them together by using strong carpet glue or sewing them together.

Tile table – A great way to add a pop of personality to old tables, this hack is rather self-explanatory – all you need to do is cover a table in tiling and grout! The results are impressive, with the table being transformed into a high-end inspired piece.

Upholstery – An easy solution to breathe new life back into tired sofas and chairs, this hack only requires your chosen fabric and a staple gun. All you need to do is line the fabric up to cover the different parts of the furnishing, making sure that the ends are well-hidden, and then staple these ends using the staple gun. When lining up your fabric, make sure that there are no obvious creases for a smarter look.

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