At Corvallis Furniture, we began our business with the goal of providing students and residents with an affordable solution for furniture needs while reducing the amount of good usable furniture destined for the landfill. Unknowingly, our business model at the time began right at the start of the current DIY revolution. By helping local students haul away unwanted furniture and restoring items for re-use, we quickly learned we needed to find resources to help us restore and repair furniture at the lowest cost possible. We also needed to find ideas to turn what would otherwise be considered garbage into an upcycled and reusable piece of furniture.
In this blog post, we want to share three of the websites we’ve visited over the years to find ideas on making furniture repairs as well as making upcycled furniture.
INSTRUCTABLES – www.instructables.com/
There is no shortage of content on here to not only find various ways of repairing furniture, but also finding clever and creative ways to upcycle furniture. There’s a huge library of pallet projects on here so if you’re into making pallet creations, Instructables is a terrific place to look for ideas and tips.
Recently, Instructables also instituted classes geared towards beginners that get you on the path to making and becoming a DIYer. There is now an online Woodworking class with 12 sessions.
PINTEREST – https://www.pinterest.com/corvfurniture/diy/
Pinterest is a free website that requires registration to use. Users can upload, save, sort, and manage images—known as pins—and other media content (e.g., videos) through collections known as pinboards.
Pinterest is the perfect application for finding design ideas for home decor and furniture (especially pallet projects – a huge category alone on Pinterest) as well as sharing pictures and ideas for your own projects.
We’ve used Pinterest to find ideas on:
- How to Refinish Wood Chairs the Easy Way
- How To Strip & Prepare Old Battered Furniture For A Makeover
- Red Flags to Watch Out For When Choosing a Pallet For Craft Projects
- Amazing Pallet Furniture Ideas
- 25 Awesome DIY Ideas For Bookshelves
DIY NETWORK – http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/packages/upcycling
The DIY Network is a channel that focuses on do it yourself projects at home. Their website has a wealth of information including a program guide and archives, newsletter, message boards, community features and additional information for projects featured on their programs.
One of the highlights on their website is an entire section devoted to upcycling furniture (see link above). Within this section, they have areas broken down even further into Furniture Rehab and Repair, Tools of the Trade, Decorating on a Dime and Re-Do It.
There’s no shortage of information on this website and any DIYer should be able to find what they’re looking for.
What about you?
What have we missed? If you have a resource we didn’t mention, feel free to comment below. We’d love to hear from you!
Corvallis Furniture is open 7 days a week (Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10-3; Tuesday through Friday from 10-6). Visit our website at: www.corvallisfurniture.com. Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CorvallisFurniture/.