Upcycled furniture before and after

In this post we will be displaying some fantastic projects which show you upcycled furniture before and after pictures. Everyone has seen some amazingly well painted and fixed-up furniture upcycle projects. However, sometimes you want to see what the upcycled furniture looked like before it was revamped. Furthermore, as an upcycler, you want to show everyone the hard work and effort you made. In addition to this, as a viewer, you will appreciate the graft and skill of the upcycler to create such a transformation.

We hope that this post will help inspire you on your next upcycling project and to get back into that unfinished project you’ve been meaning to do for a while. There are countless options when upcycling furniture and you will see many different styles, designs and personalities in all of these upcycled furniture before and afters. As you will see there is literally no limit whatsoever when it comes to upcycling furniture and upcycling in general. The rise in popularity of upcycling has encouraged a really interesting outside of the box thinking pattern which leads to fascinating designs.

Here are a few different upcycled furniture before and after projects:

Upcycled furniture before and after – Upcycled bedside cabinets

First, we have these amazing cabinets designed and upcycled by 9decorupcycled. As you can see in the before photo, this pair of bedside cabinets had no colour and were missing that wow! factor which upcycler’s look for. However, there is fancy shaping at the top and base of the cabinets including the lovely feet. You can see there is definitely great potential in the pre-upcycled stage of this furnitures life.


What a transformation! This after photo shows a beautifully contrasting black and yellow palm leaf pattern which is very striking. The drawer handle has been finished in a gold colour similar to the palm tree leaf design on the sides and back of the cabinets. The contrasting differences between the plain black top and bottom level with the palm tree pattern on the middle shelf are also very cleverly done.

This upcycled furniture before and after shows how you can make a huge difference to the original and how much nicer it can be made. With a great design and hours to spare working on something like this, it’s most definitely worth it. Why would you want to buy furniture from big department stores with thousands being made all the time, when furniture like this is available? In our opinion, this is the beauty of upcycling. Working on something yourself will give you a massive sense of achievement, many skills will be learnt and you will save lots of money too! It’s a no-brainer! If you see something you like, then buy upcycled furniture from local businesses, support upcycling and own a unique, one of a kind piece.

Upcycled furniture before and after – Upcycled chest of drawers

Here is a lovely upcycle by kirsty_elegantlyupcycled. As you can see from the upcycled furniture before and after pictures, there’s a beautiful transformation made to these old chest of drawers. You can see unique features such as the wicker drawers which gives this chest of drawers some individuality. It looks like it’s in decent condition ready for livening up with an upcycle!

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Another great upcycle! A contemporary coat of black paint and giving the drawer knobs that extra bit of golden shine works really well. The painted wicker drawers also give a much cleaner and stylish look than it had previously which also creates more of a unique style to this chest of drawers. This contemporary chest of drawers would work well in many homes with both fashionable and funky styled homes.

Upcycled furniture before and after – Upcycled outside furniture

Here is a great upcycling project by upcycle.vintage.furniture. What looks like an old stepladder with bits of paint on has been transformed into a lovely garden feature which is great for keeping planters on. Upcycled projects like this add a great bit of uniqueness to your garden.

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What a fantastic way to add a unique feature to your garden which also serves as a great place to keep your planters. It’s this kind of out of the box thinking and repurposing which makes upcycling so amazing. The pastel green paint goes really well with the cute wellington boot planter.

What paint do I use to upcycle furniture?

Painting furniture to upcycle it has become very popular in recent times. There are many fantastic examples all over instagram and pinterest. Painting furniture is one of the most common ways to upcycle furniture and many companies and home diy type stores have come out with different types of paints based on your needs.

Some of the most popular brands of paint are:

How do you modernize old wood furniture?

There are many ways which upcyclers can modernize old wood furniture. Upcyclers can create amazing upcycled furniture before and afters like the ones you see on this post. You might like to just tidy an old wood furniture piece if the materials are still in very good condition. Depending on the age and condition of the piece you could just enhance the age and show it off.

On the other hand, if the old wood furniture needs a good upcycle and modernisation, painting is the first choice. There are many styles you could go for it’s totally up to you. Another option is to cover the furniture with a fancy or stylish vinyl wrap. You will see many examples of both painted upcycled furniture, viynl wrapped upcycled furniture and beautifully hand-painted upcycled furniture before and afters all over our instagram page and on our forum. If you are struggling to find old furniture ready for upcycling we have a specific post on where to find furniture to upcycle? Also we have some great information on upcycling furniture in our how to upcycle post.

How do you paint retro furniture?

You can find many tutorials on how to paint specific furniture types to get the style you are looking for. It’s all very dependant on what condition your furniture is in and the final look you desire your ‘new’ upcycled furniture to have. It’s recommended by many that you ensure the furniture is free from dust, dirt and grime before you start painting. So it’s a good idea to give the furniture a good wash before you start.

Many would also recommend using sandpaper or an orbital sander you can clean up and smooth out the surfaces which would help the paint keep better. However, others may feel that this could take too much history away from the furniture. Especially, for example, some wooden pieces have interesting and pretty grains. From then on it’s totally up to you and your plans. You can get lots of different types of paint to suit your style. Some can perform better with a primer and others don’t require this.

In conclusion, you can find inspiration and ask questions about upcycling furniture on our forum. Here you will find many different upcyclers willing to help you out. This will get you ready for your upcycling next endeavour.

If you are a beginner please check out the forum and ask a question, I’m sure many people can help out with queries you may have. Hopefully you will have a better idea of what kind of project you want to start with and which forum to post on if you get stuck. Meanwhile if you are a more experienced upcycler then I hope you have gained some inspiration to work on a new area of upcycling or an idea for your next project and also help answer some forum questions if you have the time.

Please head on over to the forum to ask questions and also see our other blog posts on everything upcycling.

Furthermore, check out our instagram page @UpcyclerLife to see inspiring projects and #upcyclerlife for a chance of a feature.

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