Written by Jenny McFarlane

5 upcycling ideas to bring old furniture to life

Refresh your decorating scheme and save money by painting your old furniture with these inspirational upcycling projects from Crown

upcycling old furniture chairs

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When it comes to DIY, it’s often the small things that make the biggest difference. Armed with a tin of paint and an open mind, the design possibilities are endless. An increasing demand for customising inexpensive pieces of furniture is inspiring us all to get creative and add a splash of style to our homes.

Whether you are looking to give your dining chairs a makeover, update existing pieces of furniture to keep in line with seasonal trends, or add eye-catching designs to otherwise plain accessories, upcycling with colour has never been easier. Paint specialist, Crown show you how to bring old furniture to life with these inspirational upcycling ideas.

Go bold

upcycled chairs painted blue green white

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Upcycling is all about refashioning and reusing your unwanted items so they’re pretty and practical again. Not only is it a cost-effective way to makeover your home, but it allows you get unleash your creativity and fall back in love with your old furniture, so you won’t have sent it straight to the skip.

You don’t have to be an dab-hand at sewing or stitching to revamp aging furniture. A simple wash of paint will spruce up a bland wooden chair or table. And don’t be afraid to go use colour, go bold with a vibrant shade. 

“Colour is often overlooked and can too easily become an afterthought. But colour, in addition to interior form, light, space and texture, is a major design element that if used with consideration, can really enrich a space. If you are nervous about using colour, a small upcycling project is a great way to start building your confidence.” Kathryn Lloyd, Crown’s Colour Specialist 

Play with colour 

upcycled table painted blue

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Once you’ve picked the pieces of furniture you want to upcycle, it’s important to first play around with colour and see what works. Crown’s sample pots, available in every hue, are a great way of trying out colour combinations.

With smaller pieces of furniture, you can always afford to go a little bolder than you might go on your walls. If your interiors scheme is more neutral, having brightly painted accessories can effortlessly add fun pops of colour and a new lease of life to your home.

Add personality with patterns

upcycled drawer hand painted chevron design

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It was once said that ‘If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking’. We feel the same when it comes to colour. Upcycling is a great way to put your own stamp on furniture, and make pieces that truly are one of a kind.

Rejuvenate an old chest of drawers, and add a touch of personality, by stenciling a simple pattern in two complimentary shades of paint – it’s easier than you think.

Revamp your kitchen dining set 

upcycled dining room chair

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Instead of trading in your old wooden dining furniture for a shiny new model, why not give it a makeover that will refresh your kitchen scheme? Reivive your dining set by painting elements of the table and chairs in duck egg blue to transform your dining space into a vintage country kitchen.

Embrace shabby chic 

upcycled cabinet painted draws

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If you’re on a tight budget, upcycling is the perfect compromise between regenerating your interiors and saving the pennies. Embrace the imperfections that come with old cabinets and drawers, and spruce up its other aspects by replacing handles and painting selective drawers in pastel hues for the ultimate shabby chic look. 


Crown’s vast colour palette and room specific collections are on hand to help your imagination run wild as you unleash your creativity. Whether your find yourself a DIY connoisseur or a first-time ‘upcycler’, embrace colour this season.  


Each year, our roomsets at the Ideal Home Show are sponsored by a variety of contemporary homeware stores, and we’re thrilled that Crown will be working with us in spring 2018. 

Take a sneak peek at the lastest SS18 trends we will be featuring in our six stunning roomsets, and secure your ticket to the Ideal Home Show 2018

Crown paint is a sponsor of the good homes room sets at ideal home show 2018

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