Upcycling Inspiration

As lovers of all things vintage and followers of timeless design, it will come as no surprise that the team here at G Plan are huge fans of the upcycling trend. It’s been hot on the interiors agenda for a number of years now and it’s not just for those who love arts and crafts. Reviving and restoring old items is as popular as ever; it’s a cost effective decorating solution, and even a hobby for many. We’ve pulled together a few of our favourite upcycle ideas to help you capture the trend in your home.


Add a Splash of Colour

Adding a lick of paint will bring new life to your favourite pieces, and is a straightforward way to refresh your interior or keep up to date with the latest colour trends. We love Annie Sloan chalk paints, which are incredibly versatile, easy to use and always give great results. If you’re new to upcycling start with smaller items. Brighten a set of old picture frames with bold mid-century inspired colours for a fun retro feel. Or, paint the handles on a set of wooden spoons in a range of pastel shades for a cool scandi look. As you start to feel braver you could experiment with larger pieces; try a dip-dye effect on a wooden stool or small chair to make a perfect side table for your sofa, create a rustic storage solution from painted wooden crates or completely transform a chest of drawers with a new colour and drawer handles.

Upcycle Stool Paint Table Sofa

Distress to Impress

Create a distressed look by sanding down wooden furniture, applying different shades of the same colour paint and then wiping parts of the surface with paper towels. Distressed wood is still very much on trend and works with a range of schemes including countryside rustic or urban industrial. Invest in solid wood furniture and make your favourite pieces last a lifetime.

Upcycle Trend Paint

Bottle it Up

Save jars, bottles, plant pots and any other interestingly shaped containers as they’re a great way to display flowers, foliage or candles. Run four or five bottles across a window sill or mantel and fill with a singular stem in each for a beautiful and simple display. Mix up the size and heights in your collection to add interest. Tins and cans also have plenty of uses so clean and keep hold of these too. Use them to store stationery, paintbrushes, or even for small plants. You can paint them, label them or leave them just as they are.

Upcycle Trend Pots Bottles Florals

Be a good Scout

Car boot sales, vintage fairs and charity shops are great places to find really unusual objects that will add character and charm to a room. Our favourite finds include vintage tea cups and crockery, picnic blankets, baskets, suitcases and trunks which are all functional as well as lovely to look at.

Wooden Chair Upcycle

Whether you’re restoring an old favourite to its former glory, or refreshing a piece so it fits with a new scheme, upcycling allows you to bring a thoughtful and personal touch to your home. Upcycles are beautiful, full of character and will be all the more cherished if it’s your own idea or creation.

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