Easy tips to upcycle a piece of furniture at home

Whether you’ve recently picked up a vintage furniture find, or a tired piece within your own home has caught your attention, furniture upcycling is a fun weekend project for any FOMU fighter to tackle.


Transforming an entire piece of furniture might seem a little daunting at first, so we’ve compiled some simple steps to make the process easier than ever!  


Remove any hardware like handles from your piece of furniture so you don’t accidently get paint in the wrong place.

Sand the piece to remove any old paint or imperfections. Try to keep a light touch as you sand, using 120 grit sandpaper first, then move to a 240 to 320 grit sandpaper to finish.

Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth once you’ve finished sanding. This will ensure a perfect paint finish as there’s no dust or dirt left on your furniture. 

Apply an undercoat to seal the surface and prepare it for your paint. British Paints Prep 4in1 Water Based is the ideal product to use for preparing indoor and outdoor furniture, and has the combined functions of sealing, priming, undercoating and stain blocking. 

Wait for your undercoat to fully dry then give it another, very light sand to remove any remaining imperfections.

Apply a topcoat to add personality to you piece and keep it looking fresher for longer. Select your desired colour in British Paints H2O Enamel Gloss and apply one coat. Once fully dry you can add a second coat. 

If you’ve got a large surface – like a table or chest – use a small nap roller with rounded ends to apply your paint. When painting tricky corners and little details, a high-quality angled brush is the ideal tool to get in grooves for a picture-perfect finish. 

Reattach your hardware to your freshly painted piece.

Enjoy your newly renovated piece of furniture while you brainstorm the next painting task to tackle in your home!