If you own a holiday rental, why not entice your guests by up-cycling your furniture and giving it some style?
You want your holiday home to stand out from the rest, yet it has to be furnished within a budget and include good quality, bespoke pieces. Oh and you want to help save the planet too! That may sound a challenge but it’s one that I thrive on.
Holiday homes are quite often furnished with an mix of furniture from your own home that you’ve tired of, or pine furniture (because of it’s durability) which has yellowed with age over the years. The pine now looks dated and if you have a mixed collection it may need pulling together? Either way, it won’t be enticing people to stay and it won’t be showing off your holiday rental as well as it should and therefore, you won’t be charging as much as you could!
As a furniture stylist, I like nothing more than up-cycling old or tired furniture and turning it into something special. This is my most recent project. Some of this furniture is bespoke, but all of it is very solid and very dated. The owners had simply tired of it.
You can see why the owners had tired of the pine but as they were good quality pieces that are a little different, I was excited to take delivery. I never usually start up-cycling any piece of furniture until I have an image of the finished piece in my mind. With this set of furniture the Mediterranean came to mind, with vibrant blues and whites I could imagine just how the finished pieces would look.
I always prep and prime before painting and this furniture took me a good couple of days of hard work, after which I had sore hands and no nails… a hazard of the job I’m afraid. However once the prep and cleaning had been done the work was much more enjoyable, painting in my chosen colours I could see the design coming together.
I always use good quality paints and the colours you can see here are mainly Deep Space Blue from The Little Greene Paint Company and Strong White from Farrow and Ball, both are an eggshell finish. The grey I have mixed myself. The tops of the tables have been finished with a very flat varnish to which I added a little watered down paint for white-washed finished with a bit of resilience.
So here you have holiday home furniture with a Mediterranean style. I can imagine walls painted white, a couple of throws, rugs and cushions in either bright colours or neutrals. I wish I had a holiday home in which to put them or a home by the sea!
What a difference and the reason why I enjoy up-cycling furniture so much.
If you’d like to see more photos and information on these pieces click here.
I now need a holiday 🙂 Have a good week.