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Upcycling

A lovely job has been made to my chest of drawers, from pine to a slate grey with blue knobs. It looks great with my other bit of furniture. I can well recommend TransFunk and I would certainly use them again. — Helen

Adding value to an unwanted item

What is upcycling? Many people confuse the term with “shabby-chic” which refers to a certain style. Upcycling is adding value to an unwanted item to make it desirable and attractive. We use a range of designs and techniques to upcycle tired and unloved furniture including painting, distressing, stencilling, decoupage and upholstery. It sometimes involves changing the structural properties of an item (like adding new legs, for example) or changing the function of it completely (like making a pet bed from an old drawer!).

Examples of our work

Monks bench

This unwanted dark wood monks bench was sanded down to reveal the gorgeous natural oak wood and reinvented as a comfortable seat with some funky upholstery. It effortlessly transforms into a hallway or side table with a beautifully restored wooden top.

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Three chair bench

We had three old oak chairs – not quite a set – which we transformed into a stunning bench by linking them with old scaffold boards which were restored in a lovely rustic look. We added some vibrant colours and even made some cushions for extra comfort and funk!

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Ski table

What do you do with a vintage curved coffee table and a pair of old skis? Put them together, jazz it up with some piste maps stitched together and paint it in the ski run gradient colours…. Ta-da!! Perfect for any ski enthusiast or anyone into quirky coffee tables.

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Telephone table

In years gone by this little telephone table would have been in a hallway with an actual telephone – yes, a thing with a dial that was connected to the wall with a cable and an ear piece that was connected to the thing with another twisted cable – on top of it. Now, with it’s gorgeous new look and sexy hair pin legs, it can still be center stage in a hallway or living room offering seating and somewhere to put your mobile device or other bits and bobs.

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Pom-pom stool

Why? Because we can!

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