Upcycling is fashionable, green and economical, but all too often, elevated projects look – well, revalued. We have all seen such clever projects that use old CDs to create works of art on the walls, or reposition old sweaters in sofa cushions. While some of them look beautiful in any living room, the typical decoration project "saved from the trash" really looks like it was saved of the trash. It must not be like that!
It's possible to turn garbage into a treasure that really looks like a treasure. He takes care of the details and a careful look for the professional finish of your project. These tips will help you create beautiful furniture and design accents for your home from the exhausts that you find in your own garage or at a local garage sale.
- Begins with quality materials. The best way to end up with a high quality upcycled accent is to start with a well-designed piece that needs cleaning, repair and updating. Keep your eyes open for items at the garage sale and on the side of the road that fit your design scheme, and it's basically solid.
- Use the right tools. Good tools can make the difference between a frustrating and tedious project that seems slapped and a new piece of furniture that is fun and easy to finish or a decor for your home. The tools depend on the type of project, of course. A decent sewing machine is a must for sewing projects, for example, and an electric drill with a full set of bits will make carpentry projects much easier.
- Begins with a plan. Before you put a finger on your project, decide exactly how to approach it. Have a clear idea of what you want your finished piece to look like. Examine your starting piece to understand what needs to be done to make it look like the way you want it to look, and then follow your step by step plan.
- Clean and repair first. Any redesign or upgrade must begin with a clean and robust base. Remove any rust from metal parts and clean all surfaces of your room. If the joints are loose or rickety, tighten them. Repair parts that need to be repaired. Do not let your eagerness to dig on your common sense. This is a vital first step that will ensure a quality result.
- Pay close attention to the finishing and detail work. The difference between a "craft project" and a remarkable piece of home decor is in the detail and the finishing work. Finish all the seams on the stitched work. Countersunk screws on the pieces of wood. Clean all corners and edges. Install the correct equipment. Do what it takes to give your finished piece a finished look.
Creativity is great Having an eye that can see a gorgeous planter in an old wooden ladder stripped of paint is a gift. When you combine this funky and creative side with meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail, you can really lift a "home-made" piece in the field of "artisanal design".