BEING savvy with your furniture can help you save thousands of pounds, but knowing what and how to do it can be the difficult part.
And Tasmin Blaney, 28, learnt just the trick to help her upcycle some of her used furniture and managed to totally transform her home on a budget.
She managed to make a profit of almost £1.3k upcycling just three items, which cost her a total of £169.51 and are now worth £1,450.
Tasmin, originally from Manchester, moved to her first home in Warrington back in September 2020 with her boyfriend as she “loved the greenery in the area!”.
Speaking to budgeting fintech bank, thinkmoney, Tasmin says: “I’ve always been creative and used to upcycle old furniture my mum had in the house to give it a new life in my bedroom.
“I was a fashion designer but was made redundant at the start of the pandemic, so I decided to go into teaching maths (quite a different route).
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“I’ve missed being creative every day at work and trying to be as creative as possible in my home life as that’s what motivates me and keeps me going.”
Tasmin, who created an Instagram account to document the progress of her first home renovation and can be found at @life_at_limetree where she shares more of her impressive upcycle projects.
Thinkmoney reached out to Julia Anduiza, Founder of Shelff, a rental platform for interiors to predict the new resale prices of Tasmin’s projects.
Julia was previously selling vintage and second-hand homeware online during the pandemic and has since pivoted into creating a platform for renting interiors as a way to tackle the 'fast interiors' issue.
Quality paint and modern patterns
Julia explained that by upcycling wood furniture with quality paint and modern patterns, you can make a great profit on old unwanted items by renewing them.
Jonny Sabinsky, Head of Communications at thinkmoney, said: "Clearing out your home and selling unwanted items is always a great way to make some extra cash.
Quick sand down
“But, what we love about upcycling is that you can make a rather hefty profit by giving your furniture a new life.
“With a quick sand down, a lick of paint and some extra trending accessories, you have yourself a new hobby, as well as minimising the volume of unwanted materials and the waste being sent to landfill each year.”
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