There has never been a better time to introduce Gen Z to the upcycling life choice. They have the power to champion a sustainable lifestyle amongst their peers and elders (assuming us Generation X are elders??). But how to get them engaged? Zoomers, as they are known, born mid-1990s to 2012, are digital natives. They… Continue reading Upcycling Zoomers: The Next Generation
Upcycled furniture is on a popularity roll. If you're after an unusual statement piece with added 'wow' worthy of discussion, then upcycled will tick every box. However, a classic and conservative professionally upcycled item can bring understated refined elegance to your home. Most homes are not graced with bold, colourful artisan pieces of furniture and… Continue reading Upcycled Furniture isn’t all Bling and Pizzazz
Fancy a topical quiz before Christmas? This is for fun with no winners and no prizes, just a little lighthearted break in your busy day. Answers are at the bottom - no cheating! 1. How many pieces of furniture end up in landfill in the UK each year (to the nearest million)? 2. Place these… Continue reading Upcycling and Sustainability Christmas Quiz
So you've got yourself a pocket-money hobby; a side-hustle; a new or established career where you upcycle and refinish furniture. Welcome to the flourishing eco-orienteered occupation where you will meet the most giving, supporting, nurturing band of people for real or virtually. To make your venture work, you need to know what will be a… Continue reading What’s Trending in Upcycled Furniture?
Every October, people all over the world show their support for everyone affected by breast cancer. Breast cancer is not a nice topic to feature in a blog post. However, I have personal reasons for doing just that; some of which have a happy ending and some of which do not. Upcycle Arcade is supporting… Continue reading Breast Cancer Awareness Month: October 2021
I LOVE new things. Not necessarily in a materialistic fashion, but the gleaming, room transforming change of new. I love new things; things that are new to ME. A piece of furniture is very often a small permanent fixture; sometimes it has always been there through countless generations. But then suddenly sentimentality looses out to… Continue reading Is OLD the new NEW?
Last weekend saw 85 upcyclers descend on a country estate in Hertfordshire for the very first UK conference dedicated to furniture painters. It was an opportunity to meet like-minded people and wax lyrical about furniture upcycling, knowing that your audience will not simply nod in polite acquiesce. The aim was to equip the attendees with… Continue reading Painters Business Academy 2021 for Professional Furniture Upcyclers
Sustainable beautiful painted furniture for the conscious shopper - a UK based furniture shop with a conscience. US based Etsy has been a long-term go to for those wishing to furnish their homes with bespoke quality upcycled pieces of furniture. Its reach is wide and I have sold over 60 items to date on this… Continue reading Conscious Cubby: The new UK online shop just for furniture upcyclers
Furniture is more than functional and practical; it is a product of design, a work of art. During my own upcycle journey, certain brands - some well known, others less so - have graced my workshop. Here I have looked into each brand a little more deeply plus plagiarised a touch from other sites and… Continue reading A potted history of popular furniture brands to upcycle
Visit Upcycle Arcade in Aylesbury Market Square on Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 What is Zero Waste Week? Consider this: what happens when you throw something away? ‘Away’ isn't some magical place; it's landfill, an incinerator, the bottom of the ocean, litter or the stomach of an animal. It's always somewhere else... Zero Waste Week is… Continue reading Zero Waste Week – September 2019