SO...WHY CHOOSE UPCYCLED FURNITURE?
Upcycling has been around for many years & will continue to be around for many more years to come. However, no longer is Upcycling viewed as a ‘dirty’ word used to describe pieces of old furniture that has had a bit of white or grey chalk paint slapped on it (no offense to those who use white or grey chalk paint, I’m sure your furniture looks lovely!) Upcycling is now recognised & appreciated as a skilled profession, a craftsmanship & a design trend taking the interiors industry by storm. There are so many benefits through giving a new lease of life to the furniture of yesteryear which brings me nicely to the purpose of this blog – Why choose Upcycled furniture? So, here we go…
DOING OUR BIT FOR MOTHER NATURE
Upcycling can really make a positive impact on the Environment through reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill as well as preventing materials from going into landfills. It is unbelievable sometimes what people are prepared to send to the local tip as a quick fix because they think what they have no longer has a good use. Sure, it might not have any use to them personally anymore, but that doesn’t mean it should be sent to the depths of the Earth to add to the levels of greenhouse gases. I’m not a fan of cliché phrases but genuinely – one man’s trash really is someone else’s treasure!
A staggering 9 million tons of furniture is sent to the landfill every year - 9 million tons! 22 million pieces of furniture are thrown out each year in the UK alone. If we each do our own little bit, whether it’s buying a piece of upcycled furniture instead of buying something brand spanking new or upcycling your own piece, we can all do our bit for Mother Nature.
Check out our upcoming blog ‘How Upcycling is Kind to Mother Nature’ for more environmental benefits.
THEY JUST DON’T MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USED TO…
Some of the furniture I have worked on have been from the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1950’s – some of these pieces are older than our grandparents & have lived through two World Wars! But we wouldn’t simply chuck our Nana in the trash because she’s looking a bit rough around the edges would we?! We’d get her a nice haircut, give her a bit of lippy & put her in a lovely little dress to make her feel at her best again! But on a serious note, it’s natural for older pieces of furniture to need restoration & to show signs of wear & tear. That’s where the magic of Upcycling & Redesigning comes in – so we can create beautifully unique statement pieces for the vintage-meets-modern home.
It’s undeniable that furniture & home interiors are so easily accessible & affordable. Products are mass produced, trends coming & going just as quick as fashions for clothing; every retailer is now wanting in on the action & in constant competition with each other to make the ‘best’ quality for the ‘best’ price. But some of the modern furniture we buy today just can’t match up to quality, the skill & the craftsmanship that went into the furniture 50-100 years ago.
NOTHING BEATS A UNIQUE, BESPOKE PIECE OF ART
I was reading an article in The Sunday Times earlier this year about Upcycling & read a quote from a super talented lady, Marcie K Designs, that really struck a chord. ‘It’s about creating functional pieces of art.’ Too many pieces of beautiful furniture are discarded as tat, rubbish or only good for the tip but given the right redesign, they really can have a new lease of life. Rather than going for the ‘current trend’ furniture, why not choose a gorgeous piece of vintage furniture & redesign a beautifully bespoke piece to suit your needs, your decor & your home?
EACH PIECE HAS IT'S OWN HISTORY
One of the things I absolutely love about Upcycling furniture is discovering the history behind it. I have a curious trail of thought that keeps on going; who manufactured the piece, who was the founder, where was the company based, what are their signature styles? But also, I love to know the personal history too; who bought it; how they used it, when they bought it, where they lived, how long has it been in the family…the list can go on!
There are some truly lovely stories behind the pieces that you really want to cherish those memories & restore it respectfully. I had a family approach me not so long ago regarding a beautiful Art Deco Style Sideboard that belonged to their Grandma who had recently passed away. They had kept most of her belongings within the family however nobody had space for the sideboard but didn’t want it to go to waste; that’s where Earls House came in. It was originally bought in the 1950’s with their Grandma’s first wages as a married lady. The sideboard stayed in exactly the same place from when they bought it nearly 70 years ago to when we collected it. Along with her husband, they both had a ‘His’ & ‘Hers’ drawer & over the years was storage for their grandchildren’s toys. Naturally, from over the years it was showing signs of wear & tear but overall, it was still in great condition. It was a gorgeous reminder that furniture is more than just furniture – they hold such sentimental value & can capture the memories of our loved ones.
There’s such a genuine, wholehearted satisfaction from having a vintage piece of furniture go onto its new home where it will be loved & appreciated for many more years to come.
SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES
When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance. Trust me; I have done that little happy dance on a Saturday morning by Green Park in Central London when I sold my first piece of furniture through my website. Nothing beats that feeling when you sell a piece that you have put so much of your creative self into. You’re able to get a personal service that bigger companies are unable to offer. You can have a conversational, one-to-one interaction. But ultimately - you’re supporting somebody’s dream.
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