Second Chance

By Smriti Agrahari

All deserve a Second Chance, be it humans or furniture. With the intention to bestow life in worn-out furniture by repairing and giving it a personal touch, thus making a statement has been popularised during lockdown. Without breaking the bank home and workspaces can be lightened up with a little crafting and by blending some creativity with Furniture Upcycling.

As people get conscious of living in an eco-friendly way and adopting a sustainable lifestyle, the instinct to buy, buy and buy is lessening, and use of things that already exist around develops. The take on breathing new life to existing products is gaining popularity. For example, adding the touch of ceramic paints to the old damaged plates and crockery set gives a definition to the pieces.

Lauren Coleman in her Instagram post talked about the coffee table in her room that started its life in the living room of her parents with a wrought iron base and a wicker top, rather like classic furniture. Around the same time, her daughter had started walking and as her steps improved she proceeded to bite her way around the entire table leaving teeth marks and spoiling its look. So Lauren threw away the top and crafted a new cover from some abandoned palettes creating an upcycled coffee table.

Finding the concept of furniture upcycling gripping, Lauren used the scraps in the household and refurbishing them to use. Thus creating an attractive corner in her living room from a long time disposed shelf.

R for Repair

Upcycling is the way to go if you want beautiful, bespoke furniture for home and workspace. Turning a bargain buy or a reclaimed reject into something special with the spirit of an idea and a lot of love. A clock radio, bought in the US and broken when it was plugged into a Singaporean electric outlet and blew its fuse, was turned into a storytelling device by Clement Zheng.”The repaired object tells the time again; and also recounts 11 stories written by the owners about their time overseas,” Zheng said.

Beyond The Picket Fence

The artist created a blackboard by the lick of blackboard paint and trimming them with antique knobs, giving an edge to the wonderful fitting that can be placed at the entrance or the garden space.

Commissioned by DesignSingapore Council, R for Repair is an exhibition featuring the work of 10 Singaporean designers, the event proposes that when it comes to broken objects, one should repair as much as possible – and perhaps repurpose – instead of automatically throwing them away. A glimpse of their work follows:

R for Repair
R for Repair
R for Repair

Here are a few DIY ideas to use unwanted furniture and upcycle them:

Beyond The Picket Fence

Bringing the green to the dining table by compiling the moss with white candles to create the centerpiece.

Beyond The Picket Fence

Small, vintage finds are a great, unique way to display photos. These vintage, horsehair brushes (some are nail brushes, shoeshine brushes, hairbrushes) hold family pictures.

Beyond The Picket Fence

The empty binocular cases with plants would make great hanging in an entry with mittens or hats in them.

If you find Second Chance sipping your attention, The People may grab your interest too.

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