1. A vintage bureau transformed with paint

Bought at auction for a low price, this old writing desk had an unfashionable wood finish and needed a few repairs, making for an ideal furniture upcycling project. It was given a bold new look using contrasting paint colours.

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2. Upcycling and reupholstering a dining chair

Although it had a pretty shape, this early-20th-century dining chair had seen better days and was headed for the skip. It was rescued, given a shabby chic paint finish and a brand new seat cover and wadding.

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Upcycled painted and reupholstered dining chair

 3. French distressed paint effect on old table

This console table was in good condition and had an elegant shape but a heavy dark brown wood finish, making it an ideal project for upcycling with paint. It was repainted with chalk paint before being given a distressed look.

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Upcycled table with distressed paint finish

4. Shabby chic makeover for dated corner cupboard

This formerly lacklustre and dilapidated wooden corner unit, bought at auction, was lined with sticky-backed plastic. Its pretty shape made it the perfect project for revamping.

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Vintage corner cupboard upcycled with paint

5. Re-covering a screen with fabric

A traditional screen makes a useful partition, so if you find one in an old fabric, update it with a new design. This project uses contrasting fabrics and is finished with a decorative nail trim.

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Old screen re-covered with fabric

6. Revamping an old settle

Dated dark wood settles and benches make great upcycling projects as they are easy to come across and make ideal seats for hallways. This one was given a stylish country look with paint and an upholstered seat.

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Upcycled wooden settle

7. Lining a cupboard with wallpaper

Using wallpaper to upcycle the inside of a cupboard or behind shelves can transform a piece of furniture. This built-in corner unit in a period house was painted before pretty wallpaper was applied.

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Cupboard upcycled with wallpaper

8. Transforming a garden bench

This Edwardian cast-iron and wood garden bench was covered in fallen leaves, moss and algae, and some of the wooden slats were rotten. Slats have been replaced, wood treated and the frame repainted.

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Upcycled garden bench

9. Vintage cracked paint effect for side table

This pretty little table once had a very dark varnished finish, but has been revamped with chalk paint. The cracked, chipped painted finish makes it ideal for country-style interiors.

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Upcycled side table with vintage cracked paint effect

10. New look for dated footstool

This once dated, frayed and stained footstool has been completely transformed with a vintage-style fabric. A beautiful beaded trim adds the perfect finishing touch.

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Upcycled re-covered footstool

11. Upcycling Garden furniture

Rusty, chipped metal garden furniture is a real eyesore but makes the perfect furniture upcycling project in the summer. This set has been given a new lease of life with a bit of TLC and a lick of paint.

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Metal garden furniture upcycling

12. DIY restoration of an antique dresser

This lovely pine dresser was run-down and needed some repairs. Upcycling furniture with paint isn’t always the best option. Sometimes it’s best to just let the natural beauty of the wood to shine through, so it was cleaned, treated and polished.

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Restoring antique dresser

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