Kitting out a house on a budget can be quite tricky, especially if it’s your first home or you have multiple furnishings that need replacing. But don’t worry, as there’s a way to enhance your living environment with items that fit your personal style and needs, all on a shoestring.

Upcycling is the process of turning waste materials or old products into new furniture and decorations. Whilst giving you total creative freedom without breaking the bank, it’s also great for the environment. From turning old tyres into garden planters and converting a wooden door into a dining table, it’s amazing what can be achieved if you apply your skills, imagination and patience. We’ve rustled up a few tips to get you started.


Second-hand hunting
Charity shops, markets and thrift stores are a great place to start. Seeing the pieces with your own eyes will allow you to measure them up and visualise how they’ll look once you’ve transformed them, plus you’ll be supporting a worthy cause or an independent trader.


Make use of websites
Places like eBay, Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace are ideal for finding pre-loved stuff in your local area. Many of these items are free to a good home, which is even better for your wallet.


Check before you checkout
When you’re shopping around, be sure to analyse what you’re buying before you hand over your hard-earned cash. For instance, if you intend to repaint an item, make sure that it’s made of a material that can be sanded down and decorated effectively.

It might also be worth taking a closer peek at the quality of the hinges, joints and overall structure to ensure that it’ll be safe and sound.


Invest in your tools
There are some things that you shouldn’t be thrifty with, and that’s your tools. Put some pennies aside for some decent equipment and you’ll be able to use them time and time again. Plus, your new creation is more likely to last for years to come if you use the right tools for the job.

Paying that little bit extra for vital materials such as sandpaper, primer, paint and high-quality paintbrushes will save you a lot of money in the long run.


Use how-to guides
There are countless articles, blogs, Pinterest boards and video tutorials online that will help you with any elements you’re uncertain about. Whilst showing you how to upcycle safely and efficiently, these online resources could also deliver tons of inspiration.


Be creative
Don’t forget to be as imaginative as possible. After all, an old wardrobe or secondhand coffee table is a blank canvas waiting for you to put your mark on it, whether that’s a new coat of paint, topping it off with some wallpaper, changing the handles, or converting it into something totally unexpected.


Get in touch
We’ll keep your upcycled furniture and the rest of your home spotless! To find out more, call us on 01482 880477 or email And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see how we make homes and businesses look their best.