Furniture upcycling tips

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Breathe new life into pieces of old, tatty furniture with our top, up-cycling tips from Ali Yazdjerdi, owner of bespoke furniture company The Taz Project.

To create an antique finish, apply a base coat of paint, allow it to dry, and then add your final colour. When that is dry, use sandpaper to distress some areas – and then apply a coat of stain, wiping it off before it dries. Protect your work with a coat of polyurethane (matt, stain or glossy).

Use a doily as a stencil to paint beautiful and elegant designs on your old furniture.

Bring furniture back to life by applying a couple of coats of oil. You have lots of options, including Danish, Tung and Linseed, each giving a different finish.

Mix oil and varnish to give old pieces a new lease of life. Use any of the oils mentioned above, along with your choice of varnish. The standard mixture is one

third oil, one third varnish, and finally one third thinner.

Give furniture a textured effect by pulling a dry paintbrush through a coat of wet paint. The bristles will cut grooves through the paint, creating the unique effect. This can be achieved on any surface.

Rocking shabby chic

The Pachachi sisters, founders of vintage home store Pachachic, share their advice on successfully pulling off this trend

1 Don’t throw away anything.
Everything can be painted, textured, distressed, and re-used, sometimes even for a different purpose. The more scratches it has, the better!

2 Mis-match.
Shabby chic items don’t always have to match. You don’t have to have two of the same chairs, and a matching table. Having different chairs surrounded by odd pieces of furniture is what completes the ‘look’.

3 Simplicity.
Don’t go over-board with patterns. We all love our florals, but try not to empower a room with it. If your wallpaper is patterned, have plain furniture with patterned accessories. Less really is more in the world of shabby chic.

4 Not too shabby, not too chic.
The key is in the balance. You want some pieces that stand out but you also want it to look effortless and cosy.

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