Just in case you couldn’t make it to our wonderful twitter chat with Remade in Britain last week…Here’s a selection of our best bits! A huge thank you to all those of you that took part, we had a brill time! Some incredible pieces of advice were shared.
For now, however, we wanted to share Remade in Britain’s fantabulous tips for reloving your life to the max, alongside some of our favourite examples from the fantastic chat!
1. Pure restorations
This was exactly what our restoration day was all about…Breathing life into old furniture by varnishing, polishing, sanding or almost re-building something. To embark on a pure restoration the key place to start is to find out the history your piece, from there you can plan your restoration based on the original design. In Michelle’s case this was pretty tricky!
2. Upcycling with paint
Breathing new life into an old or dated piece of furniture can be as simple as adding a lick of paint to your piece. The upcyclers favourite tends to be the one and only Annie Sloan paint.
This can serve an upcycling design or a restoration! If you’re going down the restoration route see whether you can find a material that matches the original piece (or is from that time period), if not GO CRAZY (as in the hopping mad example above).
Fancy something a bit jazzier than paint? Why not add a bit of funk to your piece by using wallpaper. Using bold prints on a relatively plain piece of furniture will turn it into a stand out piece! Let your personality shine through!
Get creative and repurpose old bits and pieces just like one of our lovely members did with this suitcase-turned chair.
6. Create a Fabric patchwork-like look
Add a spot of charm to your piece by sewing scraps of fabric together and using your masterpiece to reupholster, say, a chair?
7. Merging elements from different sources
From using a door as a table top to upcycling washing machine drums and turning them into lampshades, the choices are endless! Why limit your household design to ‘classic’ household objects? Put your own stamp on it…Go on…
8. Adding a vintage or retro fabric
Take the wallpapering idea a step further and add some vintage or retro fabric to your piece to give it BOTH texture AND style! It’s not a task for the faint hearted…
9. Join #RemadeHour
For more tips and advice why not head over to Remade in Britain’s Remade Hour, every Wednesday between 8 and 9pm! Just bob #RemadeHour on the end of your tweet to get started!
10. Join the #PrelovedCommunity
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