The Varying Guises of Upcycled Furniture

If you think of upcycled furniture as a colourful slick of paint with some new matching knobs, then you are a missing out on the burgeoning trend which comes with a big sustainability thumbs up.


Take an ancient, old fashioned, beaten up grimy bureau. Chances are it will look downtrodden in most homes. However, once upcycled, it can become a striking statement piece in any colour and any design to settle in any home.

E Gomme Bureau in Duck Egg Blue with Calligraphy, flowers & bees transfer

Perhaps that is not to your taste and prefer something a little understated, somber, more unisex and less summery.

Industrial Midnight Blue Bureau with Brushed Nickel Cup Handles


A chest of drawers can be subdued and gentle or they can be bold and striking. Upcycling is certainly not bland.

Cabinets & Sideboards

What a wealth of choice there is to take a utilitarian practical piece of useful storage furniture into a new stratosphere! From a classy and subdued sideboard to the hutzpah and decadence of a cocktail cabinet, upcycling gives it all; certainly more than you would find in a furniture retail shop.

Jacobean Sideboard no longer smelling like the farm from whence it came
Fantastic tip find from the Recycling Centre

If you feel inclined to try your hand at upcycling, do your research, watch tutorials, learn the tricks before you go shopping for a tin of gloopy gloss. It took a lot of time and effort to undo this previously upcycled attempt! But do not let this dissuade you.

Alternatively, get a professional to do it for you. That way you can rest assured that you will take delivery of a quality item of furniture tailored to your own specific design. Take a look at our commissions page to spark ideas.

To upcycle is to reuse unwanted items in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. And it doesn’t cost the earth.

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