Upcycle & DIY

The Fairgrounds Ideal Home SHow is again teaming up with the Triangle's most talented furniture artists for the Habitat for Humanity Furniture Flip Auction. This feature showcases pre-loved furniture pieces that have been upcycled into swoon-worthy décor fit for a second chance at love.Guests can bid on these one-of-a-kind upcycled pieces, with all proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. Look for this Pinterest-worthy furniture gallery in the Jim Graham Building.

If you’re inspired to try your hand at flipping a piece of furniture you found at a ReStore, thrift store or garage sale, check out these tips from ReStore:

Checklist for selecting furniture for a DIY upcycle project

● Is the furniture piece solid?

● Does it need any reinforcement?

● Is it the right size for the area you have available in your home?

● Does the piece feature dovetail joints, which are generally the strongest wood joints?

● What are the estimated costs of improvements?

● Is your skill level up to the task?


Now that we’ve factored in what to look for in a furniture find, here’s what to do after you get it home.

Steps for completing your next DIY furniture makeover

● Head back to Pinterest to get redesign ideas specific to the piece you’ve chosen.

● Bring out the drill, saw, nails, staple gun – whatever’s in your arsenal.

● Strip down the piece, removing trim or features you don’t want.

● Build up the features you do want: add a shelf, permanently remove doors, swap out legs – anything that fits your new vision for the piece.

● Reinforce any features that need regluing or tacking.

● Sand and prime, if necessary.

● Consider upgrading the hardware. This little effort can provide a lot of return.

● Paint.

● If you are using chalk paint (like in our example below) or want to give surfaces extra protection, finish with a water-based polyurethane.

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APRIL 5-7, 2019


Apr 3, 2019, 17:27 PM