Furniture Make-overs: We're getting hands-on

Posted by Carrie Aikman on

Hello fabulous furniture lovers,

I love getting “crafty” with a project. When I used to live in Los Angeles, I did a lot of refurbishing and upcycling of furniture and home accessories, and I really enjoy sharing this passion with people who are new to it - whether it's explaining what upcycling is and wowing them with some amazing examples, or delighting in their satisfaction when they see what a few hours in an afternoon can do…turning something they almost threw away, into an absolute show-stopper. I'm excited that we have started doing this at ecochair.ch too. 

This week, our team had the pleasure of running a hands-on workshop in collaboration with the Impact Hub Basel, where we shared tips and ideas on turning ‘tired’ furniture into ‘fresh and fabulous’. It was great to see some of you there, thanks for coming! For those of you who missed it, Kate interviewed Tobias from Kyburz Made, who spoke about his business, shared some challenges, and brought in a guh-OR-geous piece as an example of how they upcycle old SBB wooden crates into stunning, high-quality, unique furniture (I’m in love). Also there to share their expertise were our partners Titi's Style and Seniorenhilfe Schweiz.  In small groups, participants circled around, trying their hands at an air compressor staple gun, cleaning and prepping salvaged wood for use in a new project, and testing out chalk paint--all things one can easily do at home for a simple DIY (do it yourself) project. Scroll down to see some photos from the event - we had a lot of fun!

Curious to tap into your own creative, DIY side? Don’t let being a ‘newbie’ stop you. There are so many online tutorials to get your started, like this one on how to reupholster, or this beginner tutorial on upping the style factor with paints and gels. Or, if you’re like me and prefer a more personal hands-on approach to learning, stay tuned—ecochair will soon be running some workshops of our own.

And of course, if you prefer to skip the work and just enjoy the end result, our online showroom has some beautiful upcycled and refurbished furniture made by local businesses (as well as a few pieces that we’ve done ourselves). The best part is, you don't even have to clean up afterwards.

Happy Creating,

Carrie and the ecochair.ch team

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