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WHERE DO I FIND FABRICS TO MAKE CURTAINS

We all know that curtains play a big role in keeping our homes feel more comfortable while letting us have the privacy that we want. It gives us a new look for our homes and even extends its use for different seasons. As cliché’ as it seems, our homes are not complete without the presence of even a single curtain.

The different varieties and type of curtain fabric where designed and resourced for us to be more comfortable with our drapes. The variations in curtain fabric set out different kinds of mood for people of contrasting preferences. Curtain fabrics are now one of the things homeowners get to choose in order to feel more comfort in their homes.

Now, if you’ve finally decided to shop for curtains in order to level up your homes, worry less. Yorkshire Fabric Shop has got you! The store has the widest variety of curtain fabrics to choose from. You can visit their physical store or if you want to shop in the convenience of your own homes, you can even shop online at https://www.yorkshirefabricshop.com/ .

Thinking of just a hundred? Well, they got thousands!

Their curtain fabrics are not just fabrics, Yorkshire Fabric shops lets you choose your desired color, and fabric style and material. If you’re moving into a new home and prioritising your budget, they also let you search based on the price that you can afford; they even let you customise so it takes less time for you. 

If you’re into colours to make your rooms more vibrant, Yorkshire Fabric Shop’s curtain fabrics are rich in colour schemes. If you’re into patterns, they have patches, animal print laser cuts, and geometric types and all sorts of kinds. Now if you’re looking for a curtain fabric that’s best for the different seasons each year, care to visit their collections now.

Yorkshire Fabric Shop’s curtain fabrics prioritises not just in aesthetic but also with its purpose. You can choose cotton and linen for hot summer days; it lets the fresh breeze of air go into your room for a more breathable home. Nonetheless, you can also choose their velvet, chenille, and blackout curtains on winter, which helps in maintaining the warm temperature inside your homes. Furthermore, if you want a textured curtain fabric ranging from the crispiest to the silkiest one, their array of collection is just one click away. Yorkshire Fabric Shop’s fabric finder will help you find the most ideal fabric for your curtains. Let the practical and creative side of your run through. 

At Yorkshire Fabric Shop, they value your needs, preferences, as well as your budget. Consequently, with buying your curtain fabric, always choose a fabric that’s best for you and your home’s needs. More than the aesthetics, Yorkshire Fabric Shop makes sure that your curtain fabrics are with high quality grade and is durable enough to last long. They see to it that our curtain fabrics are more than what you’re paying for. 

Shop now at Yorkshire Fabric Shop and let your rooms be filled with life!

 

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Fun DIY projects for your kitchen

We all know that the kitchen is the heart of a family’s home.  If you would like to give your kitchen a new look, but are not yet ready for a full renovation, don’t worry! There are plenty of crafting projects that you can create to refresh this area of your home.

In this post, you will learn how you can give your kitchen a fresh, new look by adding fun lettering and quotes. All the fonts in the examples are available for free at Creative Fabrica.

Creative Fabrica is the ultimate font and graphic design library for creatives and crafters. Here, you can find all the resources you need for any crafting project. With every purchase, you get a lifetime license for personal and commercial use.

 

The members of Creative Fabrica’s subscription plan have access to unlimited product downloads. To get a taste of what you can do with these assets, you should take a look at their Freebies category. As you will see now, their free fonts are premium, unique and versatile.

This post features six homemade decorative projects that you can create to revive your kitchen. Take a look and get inspired!

Create a big poster for the main wall of your kitchen

The poster in the image has become the centerpiece or this minimalist kitchen. It’s smart and elegant at the same time. The stylish Predators font makes this simple quote look undeniably chic. The handwritten cursive strokes create a well-balanced, striking composition. 

You can design a poster like this yourself. It’s straightforward! Simply install your favorite font in a design tool, like Canva. Type your text and align it to the left. Add a complementary background color and send it to the back. Make your text white, and it will pop out!

Some printing companies can directly print your design on a canvas. If you’d prefer you can simply print your design on paper and add a frame yourself. 

Customize an apron with a message

An apron is an essential garment for anyone who spends hours in the kitchen, and is the perfect way to keep your clothes clean whilst cooking or baking. Once you have finished using it, you can hang it in a prominent place in your kitchen to display a fun quote or a charming message.

The font that you can see in the example is called Roustel. This handwritten type is perfect for sharing a message in a quirky yet fancy way- It is fun, fresh, and easy to read. 

This font is a digital asset so you’ll have to create your design on a computer or a tablet. Once you’ve finished creating a layout, there are many ways to transfer it on to your apron – why not try printing it out and making a stencil! You can color through the stencil with special cloth markers.

Add a message to your kitchen towels

If space is limited, you should avoid cluttering up your kitchen with unnecessary decorations. In more compact kitchens, the best option is to decorate the tools that you use every day. This way, you can craft something handy, unique, and aesthetically pleasing. This customized towel is a perfect example of a kitchen tool that is both beautiful and practical.

The font on this towel is called Potato Pancakes. This bold lettering mimics the appearance of a brush pen’s strokes. You can use this font to create any message that you like.

If you have a cutting machine, you can cut out your design on vinyl. To transfer the vinyl to your kitchen towels, you can use an iron or a heat press. Your design will remain in its place, no matter how many times you wash the towel.

Create a lovely card to announce the daily menu

This decorative idea can also be very practical. Surprise the members of your household by announcing the daily menu with a fancy card. You can create a template and customize it as many times as you need. This idea can also help you decorate your house for a special occasion, such as a dinner party.

The card on this example features the Colombia font. This elegant sans serif type fits almost any project! It’s stylish and comfortable to read, so everyone can see what’s for dinner.

You can print out these cute cards with a domestic printer. For an extra charming touch, you can experiment with different textures of paper. Your guests are guaranteed to be impressed by your attention to detail!

 

Decorate your mugs with a message

If you store your mugs on a shelf where everyone can see them, this idea is perfect for you. Cups belong in the kitchen, so why not use them as decorative elements!

In the example below, you can see an elegant mug with simple lettering. Sometimes, less really is more: basic designs are easier to combine with other elements.

The font on this mug is called Open Heart. This handwritten type is a swirly variation of British Copperplate calligraphy. These letters can be used to create a fancy and minimalistic effect. 

To customize your mugs, you can print or cut out a stencil with your lettering. Paint over it with special ceramics paint. Sublimation is another good alternative for professional-looking results.

Create a customized calendar

Having a printed calendar is always handy, so why not make it cute? Use one to create a beautiful point of interest to any wall in your kitchen. 

In this image, you can see a calendar page that features the Mama font in the title. It’s fancy, energetic, and expressive. These handwritten letters are perfect for displaying the name of the month. You can create twelve variations – one for each month of the year. Experiment with colors and illustrations to give every month a unique look. 

You can also experiment with the way of hanging these custom calendar pages. What you see on the image is just a suggestion. You can hang all the pages of your calendar together or only display the one representing the current month. 

 

Now it’s your turn to decorate your kitchen with sweet messages and letterings. Have fun creating the best designs for your home.

 

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Kitchen Renovation tips

As you may have read already on the blog we have undertaken quite a mega renovation project. In fact you may say two large renovation projects in the last five years – our home house – mega undertaking and a smaller renovation on our holiday home.  I remember starting out on this journey and my dad said to me to buy the best you can afford in terms of tech and functionality and if im honest I didn’t fully appreciate how good this advice was until now when we are almost complete on both projects.

For us the kitchen was the biggest undertaking as I knew I wanted a large kitchen which would be the heart of our home. Our kitchen gets a lot of compliments and if im honest I can take very little credit for its transformation. My husband who does work in the construction sector, very much took the reins here. However, what I can say is I have learned a huge amount from this project and im more than happy to share the tips and tricks I gleaned on this journey.

  • Budget – the kitchen is can be a costly project therefore very important to know how much you are willing to spend plus a little contingency for the unforeseen.  Stick to it!!
  • Theme – know the style or theme you want to go with it. Be that rustic old school or cool and contemporary and stick with it. There is often a temptation to sway to the latest fads for part of it which then ends up a jumble with little or no consistency.
  • Electrics – I am no expert in this but you can never have too many sockets! We installed the USB ones too which are a god send. Love them.
  • Plumbing – We had no choice but to move some of the  key plumbing elements and let me tell you….this is where you can loose a huge chunk of your budget and not see much for it. Take advice for the experts here and cost it out versus your budget.
  • Doors/ Windows -Similar to the plumbing the glazing can be a huge part of your budget however the difference is with the glazing you will be looking at it day in and day out so you would want to like it! Key here is to balance, look, functionality and the best your budget can afford.  Always look for reputable suppliers. For me I wasn’t prepared to scrimp on my bi-fold doors.  I envisaged on a nice day opening the entirety of the back  of my house out and having almost one mega seamless indoor-outdoor space. We did push the budget for the doors we really wanted and we are still absolutely thrilled with them.
  • The work flow – This sounds like im stating the obvious but do give time and consideration to your preference for the flow of the kitchen and the workspaces included in it.
  • Lighting – Somewhat linked to the above, I like good lighting for my key work stations and as well as being functional it can add to the mood and the theme of the kitchen.  Lightening can even function as a statement piece.

The below should hopefully give you some tips to go on.  If you have any other useful tips please do drop them in the comments below.

 

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TOP TIPS FOR RERESHING THE GARDEN

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Have you noticed that your garden is beginning to look a bit rough around the edges?  Do you look at your neighbour’s garden and feel a pang of envy?  Then perhaps it’s time for a refresh.  There are plenty of little jobs you can do to give your outdoor space a lift.  Here are some top tips for making your garden look appealing again.

Repair the fencing

Fences are often the forgotten part of home maintenance, but fixing them will make a big improvement to the whole look of your garden.  You may find that the fencing only needs minor repairs.  But if a lot of the panels are broken and uneven, you may discover it’s better to look at replacing them all.  When you’re installing fences there are a few different styles you can go for, but be sure you consult your neighbours before making any decisions that will affect them.

Put up a mirror

With solid fencing now firmly in place, you could look to adding some decorative features to it.  Putting up a mirror has a few distinct advantages.  Firstly, it will add some interest, and secondly it will help make your garden space look bigger.  There are plenty of mirrors on the market that are designed especially for outside spaces, but you may decide to upcycle an old mirror instead.  Whether you go for a country cottage style wooden framed mirror or a cool and contemporary metal edged mirror, it will create an excellent focal point.

Add a simple water feature

Another garden item you could use to create an interesting focal point is a water feature.  Don’t worry, this doesn’t need to be anything as extravagant as a pond.  A container water garden with a small selection of aquatic plants is just as ideal.  Alternatively, there are plenty of ready-made, compact, water features available to buy.  You might prefer this style of water feature if you’re not particularly green-fingered!

Introduce some solar lighting

Finally, it makes sense to add some instant night-time sparkle to your garden with solar lighting.  Whether you hang string or festoon lights from your fencing, or light a path with a set of lights or lanterns is up to you.  Whatever you go for, you will be able to create a magical night-time glow with little effort or expense required.

 

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Preparing Your Family for a Move

Moving house requires a lot of effort and organisation, and it can be a bit more of a challenge when you’ve got kids to deal with on top of everything else. There are many reasons why you might have decided to move your family into a new home like the need for more space, a new job opportunity, or the desire to live in a better area — to name a few. If you have been thinking about moving your family or are currently looking for a new house, here are some tips to help you prepare for the move. 

Finances

Moving house is expensive, whether you’re renting a property or buying. The latter will naturally come with more costs, but owning a property could work out cheaper for you in the long 

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run. You will have to have enough money saved for a deposit and the majority of homeowners rely on a mortgage to buy a house. Make sure you look around for the best deal on your mortgage and speak to an advisor like those at Azembel.com. They will be able to give you further guidance on what kind of mortgage is suitable for your needs. You should also make sure you’ve got some money put aside for additional costs like removal company hire and storage. 

Organise Your Belongings

Moving to a new home is a great opportunity to de-clutter your life and start fresh. An individual can gather a lot of junk over the years, so a family household is likely to have a lot more than that! Make time to rummage through your things and get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last two years or that you no longer want. Organising your stuff into categories might also be helpful when it comes to packing, such as kitchenware, books, clothes, etc. 

Plan a Schedule

Sometimes it can feel as though searching for a new home can go on forever, but once you have settled on a new house, things can start to move quickly. Never underestimate how quickly those weeks/months will fly by! Once you know you have secured a new home for your family, write down a ‘to-do’ list and plan a schedule to have these tasks done by. Setting yourself a time limit on these things will help to keep things moving and reduce the amount of stress when the moving date is only a week or two away. 

Research the Area

Although you will have researched the area before settling on a home, make sure you spend as much time in the surrounding towns/neighborhoods as you can before moving, especially if you’re unfamiliar with it. Checking how close things are like the grocery store, the local school, doctors, dentists, and even how long it takes to get to work from there will help you adapt more quickly to your new surroundings and help your kids become more comfortable with them.

There is a lot to do when you and your family are moving to a new home, but it should be a positive, exciting experience for you all. Use these tips as a guide to help you better prepare for it.

 

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What Is The Safest Flooring Option For Your Home?

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When choosing your flooring, there’s often a factor that gets overlooked – safety. If your house is full of adults, it makes sense that you’d skip this factor or not pay it much attention. After all, you’d like to think that a house full of adults won’t run into any problems!

However, if you have young kids, the flooring suddenly becomes a risk. As such, you have to take the safety of your flooring into account. You need something that doesn’t present slip risks, isn’t going to cause too much pain if fallen on, yet still looks nice. It’s quite the conundrum, but these are probably the safest flooring options you have:

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl has a fancy name, and it can certainly look just as fancy too. This flooring type almost mimics other styles but is made from a unique vinyl material. You can get flooring that replicates floorboards without any wood or looks like tiles without the stone/porcelain. 

Consequently, it becomes one of the safest options for a family with young kids. It’s a hard flooring style, but not too hard. If someone fell over on it they would not be in as much pain compared to falling on wood or tiles. It also happens to be slip-resistant, so this minimizes the chances of any accidents!

Resin

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Resin flooring can be extremely safe for your home. It’s available in a lot of colors, and the main lure is how slip-resistant it is. This is the type of flooring that’s used in a lot of factories and industrial settings. As a result, it’s usually made by a specialist resin flooring company to ensure the surface is very grippy. The only downside is that it is quite hard, so maybe throw down a rug or two in play areas.

Also, it can be hard to get your hands on resin flooring for your home – but not impossible. 

Carpet

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For me, this is by far and away the safest flooring option if you have kids at home. It’s almost impossible to slip and fall over on some carpeted flooring. Even if you do, there’s a soft cushiony floor to ease your fall. Carpet burns may be a problem, but your kids have less chance of injuring themselves on carpet than any other flooring option. 

The only drawback is that most other flooring options are a lot better looking and more modern! Still, you can find some lovely contemporary carpet ideas that could look great in your home. Carpet is also the easiest to install and get rid of. So, when your kids grow up, it should be easy to remove the carpet and switch to a more stylish option – if you want to. 

These three options are your safest flooring choices for the home. If safety is the absolute only thing you care about, choose carpet. If you want a blend of style and safety, the other two come into play. Ultimately, the choice is yours, just be careful when choosing flooring for a home with young children in. 

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Gas Boilers Vs. Oil Boilers

Whether you are building a new house or need to replace a boiler, you will have to install a new one sometime. When you start shopping around for a new boiler, you will have to choose between oil, gas, or an electric one. Gas and oil boilers are the more cost-effective options among the three, so you might end up choosing between the two. To help you make the better option, here is a comparison of the two.

Costs

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Cost is the first thing to consider because no matter how good the option you decide to go with is, it won’t matter if it is out of your budget. When thinking about the price, you have to think about upfront costs as well as long term costs.

A standard oil boiler usually costs around 2-3 times the price of a standard gas boiler. Remember that if you decide to get a high-efficiency gas boiler, it will cost almost the same as a standard oil boiler.

Next, you have to think about running costs. Gas remains cheaper than oil for now, and it has been this way for the past few decades. So, if you get a gas boiler, you will get significant savings on your fuel costs.

Oil boilers are much more durable than most gas boilers. An oil boiler will last around 13-25 years, while a gas boiler will last about 10-15 years. This means you will have to replace a gas boiler more frequently which increases its long-term cost. The tank is usually not a factor when considering the long-term cost of both of these types of boilers because if you get the right Worcester Bosch boiler fitter to install it for you, it should last forever unless there is an underlying issue such as a leak that goes unnoticed.

Space Considerations

An oil boiler requires a tank to store the oil. A gas boiler does not have this problem because the gas comes in using a supply line. So, if you go with an oil boiler, you might have to find space for your oil storage tank.

Energy Efficiency

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Both oil and gas are very energy-efficient fuels, but gas comes out on top slightly. Oil has the disadvantage of being a pollutant so although it remains a viable option, it should come second to gas.

Safety

Oil wins here as it is much safer than gas. A single gas leak can cause explosions and fire. A gas leak is also extremely harmful and lethal if the gas is inhaled in large enough quantities. An oil spill creates a mess, but it does do not endanger anyone’s life.

Switching from Oil to Gas

Once you have considered the pros and cons of both gas and oil boiler, you might think of switching from oil to gas. This could net you some savings down the line, but it is important to do this only if you plan on living in the house for many years. The upfront initial investment for a gas boiler system is often recouped after about 7-10 years.

Although gas and oil boilers are both excellent heating solutions, you have to consider everything you will be getting before deciding on one or the other. Also, weigh up the fuels they use to see which one is the best one for you.

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MATCHING YOUR STYLE TO YOUR FLOORING

How to Give Your Home an Identity from the Ground Up

With Light or dark wood vinyl becoming a highly preferred choice in the home for many families due to its durable and professional look, but how to best capitalise on the rest of your home to suit this new look. 

There are many things that can be done to make your home that little bit extra special, so here we discuss some potentials to finalise your home.

Furniture that Compliments your Floor

It may not necessarily strike you as something to think of, but the color of your flooring can have a stylish effect on your furnishings such as sofa sets or coffee tables.

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A brown wood coffee table on a grey wood vinyl floor would create a clash that would set the tone of the room slightly off. Matching your furniture to your floor not only gives consistency but also shows guests that effort has been made in presenting a proud environment.

For grey or stone flooring, think of matching it with silver or black legged set pieces that give a genuine feel of cool. This is great for those areas like the kitchen and dining spaces.

Decoration for Full Effect

If going for a natural wood feel in your flooring, decorating the room with floral arrangements or even throw pillows with a flowery design can bring a freshness to those daylight hours.

Alternatively, you could have your fireplace or TV unit match the floor to give a feel like your home has grown out of the floor and has a life of its own. Both options give your flooring a central character that is instantly drawing attention and admiration.

Throw a Rug in the Mix

If you have a large space that feels too spacious within the room, buy a rug that compliments or contrasts the room to give it a bit of extra character.

Dark brown or black for woods or a white rug for grey can really give an extra layer of comfort to an otherwise drab space whilst also complimenting the shine from the vinyl. If you have accompanying underfloor heating, those rugs will keep the room nice and warm on cooler or cold evenings.

Keep the Room Bright

Find bright coloured curtains if you have opted for light wood vinyl to bring out a brighter finish. 

Blue and cream colour curtains and blinds offer a natural feel on sunny days and a sense of warmth at night. This also works for grey oak vinyl giving an equal feel for comfort and a lived in quality. Dark wood vinyl would suit those darker or black out curtains which, if you are a photography buff, will also give just the right amount of reflection if you are choosing it for a studio based environment. 

Get an Opinion from Experts

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To know vinyl flooring is to know the matching qualities that really bring out a person’s home. 

With so many options to choose from it is worth getting the opinion of a supplier as to how people have implemented the flooring to suit specific styles and tastes. Luckily there are suppliers for luxury vinyl flooring that have decades of experience at the top of their field to be able to provide advice and guidance on your flooring matches.

Amtico is a market leading supplier that provides functionality for everyday life with an eye for expert quality and unrivaled craftsmanship. Their collections range from Signature Woods to Spacia Stones to match your feel of any room. Luvanto bring style and elegance to your home with excellent stocks such as Endure Pro and Herringbone and can advise on a perfect fit to your existing lifestyle. Invictus replicates natural materials in any area of your home, with superior levels of durability and a full range of  designs. 

However your style finds itself evolving, vinyl flooring will help it build from the ground up.

 

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How to Create the Ultimate Den in Your Home

Your kitchen is where you cook up lots of lovely meals to keep your family full and healthy, but it doesn’t need to be the heart of the home. Your living room can easily become the ultimate nest for the whole family, the place where you spend long winter nights together snuggled up and in absolute comfort. 

Many northern Europeans take the notion of cosiness seriously. You have to, when daylight hours are minimal and dark clouds often make the days feel dreary. 

If you aren’t yet completely satisfied with how cosy your home is, follow this guide to create the ultimate den and finish it just in time for the upcoming winter. 

Use Natural Materials 

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We are connected to the natural world. Simply spending time out in a field or in the woods on a walk can do wonders for our health and mental wellbeing. In winter, of course, you won’t have the ability to just head out for a comfortable walk. In winter, you need to bring all those comforts into your home.

This can be done in two ways. The first is to use natural materials. Woods, natural textiles and earthy tones can all do wonders to make the place visually comfortable. 

The second way is to use houseplants to add that element of the outdoors throughout the year. House plants can really improve the comfort of a space, making them the perfect way to increase the cosiness of your den during winter (and summer alike). 

Upgrade the Fireplace 

Every great den needs a fireplace, but that fireplace also needs to work well with how you and your family live. You don’t need to have a woodburning fireplace when you can have a flueless fireplace, an electric fireplace or a gas fireplace from stonewoods.co.uk, one that has zero clean-up but all the creature comforts. 

Not only will the fire instantly improve the look of your den, but you can also go further and invest in antique features, like fireplace tiles or mantels, to truly make your living room otherworldly with comfort. No matter what kind of fireplace you want, ensure that the design is superb, and you will have invested in a timeless comfort that you will enjoy for the rest of your life in your home.  

Add Multiple Lounging Corners 

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A big comfortable couch is a great feature piece in a living room. If you can, however, try to add multiple lounging corners in your den. This way, you can change the perspective of your living room and keep it interesting and engaging throughout the winter. A window seat, for example, a reading nook in the corner, and a living room set can give your family three ways to enjoy your den. 

Add Comfort 

Pillows, comfortable couches, blankets, rugs – they all do wonders for your comfort levels. Invest in high-quality versions to really improve the comfort of your living room throughout the winter and beyond. You could even add floor comfort, so that your kids can enjoy playing on the floor while you are on the couch. With comfortable décor, the options are limitless and changeable. 

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How to Furnish Your Home with Upcycled Furniture

When it comes to furnishing our homes, many of us flock to the nearest furniture showroom and spend a small fortune on new pieces. Now, not only does this cost us far too much money – often more than we can afford – it means that second hand furniture becomes less popular and can end up being dumped into rubbish. 

However, Kwiksweep, want to share their  secrets on how you can furnish your home with upcycled furniture, all for a fraction of the price it would cost you to buy new furniture. 

Should You Upcycle Yourself or Buy Readymade? 

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These days, a lot of people are upcycling furniture in their spare time. Which means, if you’re not keen on doing the work yourself, you can easily find pieces for sale online. Just look for pieces on the likes of Gumtree and other local selling sites. Just be prepared to pay more for ready upcycled pieces than you would for second hand furniture in need of some TLC. 

If you choose to upcycle yourself, you can furnish your home very cheaply. Plus, because you are painting or altering the furniture yourself, you can really upcycle it to match your décor and tastes, choosing exactly the colours and accessories that you like. 

Where Can You Find Furniture to Upcycle? 

Of course, in order to furnish your home, you’ll need some second hand furniture to upcycle – so where can you find good pieces? Well, there’s a number of options: 

  • Look on local selling sites for people selling furniture cheaply 
  • Try your local charity shops 
  • Auction houses often have sets of furniture for sale 
  • Look for local second hand furniture shops 
  • Ask friends and family if they have any old furniture they don’t want anymore 

How Do You Get Started with Upcycling? 

Often people feel intimidated by the idea of upcycling, however, in most cases you just need some sanding paper, a primer and your paint of choice. Add to this a little patience and in no time at all you’ll have brand-new looking furniture. 

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If you’re feeling braver, look for upcycling groups on Facebook or YouTube, where you’ll find lots of inspiration as well as guides to new techniques – such as decoupage – to really give your furniture a professional finish. 

It’s also possible to turn old furniture into entirely new items for your home. For instance, many people are using old bedframes to make benches or converting cribs into a tepee. There are also hundreds of hacks for altering Ikea furniture into new things. 

When it comes to upcycled furniture, it might seem like more work than simply buying new. However, not only will it save you a lot of money, your home will also look far more unique compared to others who all buy the same types of furniture from similar shops. Indeed, your friends and family will be desperate to copy your style. 

Plus, instead of encouraging more new furniture to be created, you will be helping items destined to end up on landfills to be reused for many years to come.  

 

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