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Top Tips For Upcycling Your Old Furniture

 |  Furniture Tips

One of the biggest trends in the last few years is upcycling old furniture. Upcycling is a great way of reducing waste and repurposing otherwise useless furniture into a new and improved solution. Most people have a table, chest of drawers, or wardrobe that is no longer in use and is likely to end up in the tip. However, with a little effort and a few handy SCF products, these can be transformed into stylish and modern pieces of furniture. Read on to find out more about how to upcycle some common old household effects. 

Preparation is key 

Before starting, it is important to plan how the piece of furniture will be repurposed. Once you have found furniture that needs upcycling, the next step is to decide on whether to add a new component or splash of colour to freshen it up. These components could range anywhere from decorative mouldings for wooden furniture to drawer handles for old cabinets or bedside tables.  

To get started, find a place where you can lay down an old sheet to protect the flooring. It is important to make sure that furniture is given a good clean before starting, as glue, paint, and oil don’t mix well with dust and cobwebs! 

Using decorative finishes 

It is common for people to upgrade old furniture for something that offers more character.  A great way of adding some style to old furniture is by using decorative wooden mouldings. Decorative mouldings for furniture come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Our selection of wooden decorative mouldings look great on any old wooden furniture piece. What’s more, they can easily upcycle unwanted furniture with a vintage effect. As older furniture has more of a tendency to show scuffs or scratches, using decorative mouldings for furniture is a great way of covering these up. 

Furniture oil and paint 

Upcycling your old furniture with a coat of paint or oil can completely change how it looks in a room. After cleaning your furniture, it is important to sand it down to give the paint or furniture oil an even finish when applying. Once you have sanded your furniture, remember to give it another clean with a damp cloth. This is to remove any wood dust that may spoil the finish when it comes to applying the wood oil. At SCF we stock Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C which is a high-quality natural wood oil. Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C comes in a variety of great finishes so you can get your desired look in just one coat. Take a look at our range of Rubio Monocoat products today to find the best fit for your project. 

Add a touch of class 

Drawer handles and knobs are a great way to add a touch class to old furniture pieces. These can be upcycled by simply buying a new component and replacing this on your furniture. With an inexpensive yet effective technique, old furniture can look good as new.  

The drawer handles we stock at SCF Hardware come in a range of materials which include wood, glass, and metal. Shop a range of cabinet handles that are perfect for upcycling old furniture such as Alexander & Wilks drawer handles or our Furnipart handles collection.  

Do you have some upcycling ideas in mind? At SCF Hardware we stock a range of drawer handles, decorative mouldings and wood oils that are ideal for your next project. Visit our online store to browse the full collection. For advice on matching a product finish to your application, feel free to contact us. Our customer care team can be reached at 

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