Rather than chuck out your unwanted furniture and household goods each time you get the home-makeover urge here in Dubai (we’re blaming you, Grand Designs), why not get creative and crafty and turn trash into treasure with these simple upcycling tips?
You needn’t break the bank sprucing up your pad and making your house a home will also give you something productive to do.
If shows like Blue Peter and Art Attack taught us anything growing up, all you need is a creative mind and a bit of patience and anything is possible.
It’s time to get your craft on and get upcycling.
With four branches in Dubai – Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Festival City, Ibn Battuta Mall, and First Avenue Mall in Dubai Motor City – ACE Hardware is a one-stop shop for all of your home and design needs – from tools to DIY products there are hundreds of appliances available to help spruce up your pad at an affordable price.
www.aceuae.com (800 275223).
Creative Minds is the ultimate spot to pick up your art and craft materials from, be it clay, fabric and paints. A perfect place to start for those in Dubai spending their downtime getting more creative and upcycling household furniture, plus you can order online.
Locations include Barsha and Jumeirah. www.creativemindsdubai.com (04 323 7180).
Sure, buying fabric in Dubai is never a problem thanks to the Dubai Textile Souk in Bastakiya or the many fabric stores that dot Satwa but the other nuances of sewing have been hard to come by. Enter Craft Land in Town Centre Jumeirah, which sells a range of buttons, trims, patterns, sewing machines and wool for knitting, as well as how-to books. Don’t ditch it – stitch it.
Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri 2pm-10pm. Town Centre Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Road mycraftland.com (04 342 2237).
This is one to put on the long list as classes aren't operating now, but Kave can teach you to upcycle. Kave, which can found in Dubai’s trendy Alserkal Avenue, is an eco-friendly upcycling café that hosts numerous workshops throughout the year. From bottle cutting workshops where you can learn the art of turning glass bottles into cups, vases and lighting fixtures to embroidery classes which teaches you how upcycle clothes and other fabrics, there’s plenty to do and learn. Check out the website for future news. For now, you can shop online and buy arts, crafts and products from the Dubai store.
Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.thestoryofthings.com (055 102 4469).
Don’t underestimate what a lick of paint can do. National Paints, as the name might suggest, specialises in all things paint related. From decorative paints, wood finishes, environmentally-friendly products, textured paints and floor coatings – you want, they (most likely) have it. A selection of shades are now available online via noon.com which makes it an easy way to purchase the paints online and do it yourself. Looking to be uber-trendy for 2020? The pantone colour of the year is a classic blue – a timeless shade and a versatile tone.
Three top tips:
• Paint: it’s cheap, easy to change, and immediately lifts a space. Be confident enough to choose colours that make you feel happy.
• If you’re repainting old wooden furniture, make sure you use a fine sandpaper first to remove any varnish before priming it and applying two even coasts. Try and take the upcycling project outside (it will get messy) and make sure to cover your mouth.
• Going for that shabby chic look? Once the paint has fully dried, use sandpaper to distress some areas and then apply a coat of stain, wiping it off before it dries.