If you're thinking of having a go at upcycling furniture, you're not alone! Chalk paint has made it easy to transform old, unloved items of furniture into gorgeous, unique pieces for your home.
I'm lucky enough to spend my days upcycling furniture in our little shop, which is filled with unique vintage finds and hand painted pieces. One of the questions I'm most frequently asked is “where do you find your furniture?”
So here are a few tips on where to start looking for your next upcycling project.
Pick a Style of Furniture
Firstly, you'll need to decide on the style of furniture you like. This could be modern, retro, ornate, traditional, rustic..... There really is something for everyone, but if you're not sure then there are plenty of places to look for inspiration.
My favourites are Pinterest and Instagram – a constant source of ideas and inspiration.
Whenever possible I will always look for a good solid piece of furniture in reasonable condition. This will certainly make life easier and means your finished piece will stand the test of time. Try to just look at the shape of the piece and the detail on it that you'll be able to bring to life with a paintbrush.
Sometimes seeing past the unattractive colour, ring marks, stains and dirt can be a hard ask, but if you're able to do this you can often pick up a bargain that others will overlook!
So, where to start looking?
Firstly, put the word out with friends and family that you're on the search for unwanted, solid pieces of furniture. You'll be amazed at what will come your way once word gets out and this is, without doubt, your cheapest option. If you hear of anyone clearing out a house, get down there and offer your help!
Aside from family freebies, other sources of reasonably priced upcycle projects can be found at your local car boot sale and charity shop. There's hours of happy rummaging to be had here and some true gems to be discovered.
Then there are auctions. Such fun, but DO set yourself a price limit. It's so easy to get carried away or (where my other half is concerned) become rather competitive! If you have a local auction house they will be able to let you know when their next furniture auction is.
I'd advise going for a good look around before the auction, so you can pick out any suitable pieces and decide how much you're willing to pay. If you're unable to make it to the actual auction you can usually bid online or just leave your bid with the auctioneer.
I'm a big fan of online auction sites. Probably the biggest range of second-hand furniture you'll find, but do shop with caution. Ask questions or view before buying if possible. It's so easy to end up paying for something which is not what you hoped it would be and if you have a competitive streak (like someone I know) it's very easy to pay too much!
Fancy Skipping the Hard Work?
Most important of all, be sure to pop into Kooky Blue where we have everything you need to get started. We've done all the hard work for you with a basement full of furniture just waiting to be painted, a gorgeous range of chalk paint and a wealth of upcycling experience we're always happy to share with you.