A year ago, I would have never considered bringing a used piece of furniture into my home – I was a snob like that but now I’ve found a way to reuse people’s cast off furniture and make it my own style. Upcycling is now my newest hobby and I’m going to show you how to fall in love with it too!!
Having moved into “Mansion in the Mist” with only enough furniture to fill a small townhouse and being pretty much house poor, we had to come up with a way to furnish our home on a dime. The alternative being – living in a empty house which would be good for the boys to have lots of room to run around but not so much for guests when they wanted to sit down.
The vast size of the house as compared to our previous house didn’t really ring true until we actually moved in. It was pretty much empty and my ears were ringing with the deafening echoes. This doesn’t scream – comfort by any stretch of the imagination.
So, if you don’t already know, I am a HUGE Pinterest addict and during my daily pinning sessions, I kept seeing really amazing tutorials on how to “repurpose” or “upcycle” furniture.
I started reading everything I could about refinishing furniture, milk/chalk/mud paints, and antique finishing using tinted wax and sanding – which got me extremely excited! The only problem being – I didn’t have any furniture that I could upcycle.
Now being a firm believer that if you want something bad enough, and you put it “OUT THERE” – you will get what you want in some form or another (to an extent – I still haven’t won the lottery). Low and behold, I was perusing my Facebook account and it was suggesting to me to join local “BUY&SELL” groups.
Being the curious person that I am, I joined one of the groups to see what type of items were for sale and how much things were being sold for and EUREKA!!! I came across someone local who was selling a dining room table with 10 chairs and the BEST part was that all she wanted for it was $145!!!!!!!!!!
This totally blew my mind because the dining room table that I had been planning on purchasing at some point (after winning the lottery) was a reclaimed wood trestle table that would seat 8-10 people, similar to the style of ones I had seen for sale at Restoration Hardware.
Just the table alone would have cost me upwards of $2,500 and that doesn’t include shipping if I was to purchase the table online, never mind 8 – 10 chairs costing at least $150 each.
So after reading a multitude of “painting furniture” articles and watching YouTube videos on how to paint with Chalk Paint until my eyes became blurry, I finally got up enough nerve to go for it. This was a HUGE project and I probably shouldn’t have started with a dining set for my first go at it but I persevered and the end result made me EXTREMELY happy.
I learned what looks good, which products to use for what and most importantly, unless you shed a few tears during the process – you didn’t really put enough of yourself into it.
This is my finished Dining set.
Check back for instructions on how to do this yourself as I will be doing quite a few more UPCYCLING projects as I am in love with the process and I’m still poor!! lol
Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again REAL soon.