Upcycling Tutorials and Competition

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Unless it is made from 100% metal or wood without any paint or other treatments, furniture cannot be easily recycled and will most likely end up in landfill if disposed through council collections. With the rise of 'fast furniture' it is not uncommon to see these pieces illegally dumped in the streets, which has a high cost for the environment and our wallets.

We want to ensure Australians know there are other options available, like upcycling, to save our old and used furniture!

Save our furniture

Upcycling furniture is a great way to not only divert furniture from going to landfill, but also allows you to have incredible one-of -a-kind pieces in your home. To Celebrate National Recycling Week, we have created 3 video tutorials where we show you how we flipped three dated (and one really ugly) pieces of furniture into new and beautiful pieces!

Video tutorials

Pro Recycling Tip: Did you know that you can recycle your leftover paint and paint containers? Discover your closest drop off location here.

Want more inspiration?

This year we got help from these amazing legends who are not only crazy talented at refinishing and upcycling furniture, but also incredibly kind as they have promoted the campaign and helped us reach more people, give them some love on their Instagram accounts:

Save our furniture competition

Planet Ark will be running the Save our Furniture competition from the 25th of October to the 21st of November. To enter, simply post before and after photos of a piece of furniture that you have refinished and given a new life on Facebook or Instagram, making sure to tag @Planetark and @Gumtreeau and use the hashtags #saveourfurniture and #NationalRecyclingWeek.

Posts must be uploaded between the 25th of October and the 21st of November. Our amazing judges James Treble from @designerjamestreble and Ashley from @bluewreninteriors will be assessing all entries and choosing five lucky winners.

Congratulations to the 5 lucky winners!

  • 2Twenty4VintageRevival ​– FB entry
  • Flipt Furniture – FB entry
  • @kerby.lady – IG entry
  • @sandra_diele_ - IG entry
  • @second_nature_furniture​ – IG entry

    • Prizes

      Individual prizes are worth $400, made up of a mix products thanks to the generous organisations who have provided them. We would like to acknowledge the support of The Painted Brush (@thepaintedbrush), Bunnings and our partner Gumtree. Check out the goodies below!

      • 1x $200 Gift Card
      • 1x 200ml Pureco Silk Finish - all in one mineral paint - winner to choose colour from what's in stock.
      • 1x 200ml Pureco Base & Blocker
      • 1x 200ml Stain & Glaze - winner to choose colour from what's in stock - five to choose from
      • 1x Sponge Applicator
      • 1x Oval 50ml Paint Brush
      • 1x Sanding sheets
      • 1x 250ml wood glue
      • 1x Sanding block
      • 1x Paint brush 75mm
      • 2x Paint brush 25 mm
      • 2x Paint brush 38 mm
      • 1x $50 Bunnings gift card
      Winners will be notified via Direct Message no later than the 20th of December.

      Terms & conditions

      This competition is open to all NSW, NT, QLD, SA, VIC, TAS , ACT and WA residents.

      The competition starts at 9.00 AM AEDT on Monday 25th October 2021 and closes at midnight AEDT on Sunday 21st November 2021.

      To be eligible to enter, participants must post a before and after picture or video on Instagram or Facebook of a piece of furniture that they have upcycled. The post must have the hashtags #NationalRecyclingWeek #SaveourFurniture and tag @Planetark and @Gumtreeau.

      Posts must be made from 9.00 AM AEDT on Monday 25th October to Sunday 21st November 2021.

      This is a game of skill; five winners will be chosen by external judges. Winners will be notified via DM on social media no later than the 20th of December and their social media handles will be announced on the Upcycling Tutorials web page.

      Winners will receive a prize, this prize will be delivered in a form of a product to continue upcycling furniture as well as gift cards to help with the purchase of upcycling supplies.

      Employees of Planet Ark and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.