Upcycle & DIY

Apr 03, 2019

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