Give you old furniture a new lease of life

CREATIVE URGES: You don't have to be a handyman to add a few coats if paint to an old piece and make it the talking point of a room. Photo: Shutterstock

CREATIVE URGES: You don't have to be a handyman to add a few coats if paint to an old piece and make it the talking point of a room. Photo: Shutterstock

The joy of upcycling has just as much to do with our creative urges as it does with knowing what a positive effect reusing old furniture and collectables has on the environment.

By preventing the amount of landfill waste we discard, we are doing great things for future generations.

For example, instead of dumping old glass bottles, you could cut off the top and use them for candles or DIY chandlers. Using old bottles can prevent the amount of glass that has to go to landfills.

All you need is a piece that is a classic and has clean lines. With some imagination you can give furniture a new life with a coat of paint. Upcycling is a great way to update tired and dated furniture. It's not only environmentally-friendly, its also far more cost effective.

Lisa O' Neill, interior decorator

And is there anything as satisfying as visiting your local antique or collectables store and browsing around for a special piece that could adorn a room in your home?

Finding a unique old piece of furniture that could benefit from a new soft covering or a decent sanding and paint job is a great achievement.

Many homeowners are now specialising in revamping their old pieces in a move away from generic, mass-produced items, which helps us respect the value of what we have.

Working with your hands and learning how to upcycle can also help you gain a more extensive skill set to repair other items.

For example, learning how to upcycle old clothes and shirts can help you learn necessary sewing skills that will help you patch up holes in new clothes, cushions or carpets.

TREASURE CHESTS: Interior designer Lisa O' Neill specialises in hunting down that important piece and turning it into someone's treasure. Photo: Supplied

TREASURE CHESTS: Interior designer Lisa O' Neill specialises in hunting down that important piece and turning it into someone's treasure. Photo: Supplied

If you don't want to do it yourself, visit local artisans known for their expertise at upcycling and decor, and you will be supporting local businesses.

Joh Trapnell has been repurposing soft furnishing for 18 years and is inundated with requests for old lounges to be upholstered and given a new lease of life.

"Every day, we have people wanting to invest in their old suites, which are full of sentimental value and memories to bring them back to life."

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