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The upcycling process

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Furniture Upcycling is a great way to breathe life into old pieces and get a designer look for a fraction of the cost, but did you know that there are many steps involved in this transformation process? 

Each piece is unique and will need specific interventions, but as a general rule, this is the 7-step process that we follow here at Die kleine Zeitmaschine. There is a lot of hard work behind the beautifully finished upcycled furniture piece you see!



We start with an overall close inspection of the piece. Any scratches and chipped surfaces are corrected with wood fillers and any necessary repairs are conducted in this stage. We want to make sure the piece is structurally sound.




Where possible, the piece is machine sanded with a medium then fine grit sanding paper. Curved and decorative areas are hand sanded. If any stripping is necessary, it is also done at this stage.

We want to make sure that the surfaces are smooth, as any marks will show through in the final finish.


step three


The piece is vacuumed so all dust and any cobwebs are removed. We proceed to wipe and and clean all surfaces with professional cleaning products, removing any grime and residues from the furniture, so it is ready to receive its primer coating.


STEP four


All the areas that will not receive paint, are protected and masked off. Hardware is removed and catalogued. The piece is propped up on higher stilts or on top of wheeled platforms to facilitate the painting job. 


STEP five


We apply between one to two coats of professional priming products. These ensure that the paint will adhere correctly and that eventual stains will not bleed through to the final finished surface. Once dry, the surfaces are lightly sanded and dusted.


STEP six


This is the most fun step. Here is when we apply the chosen paint colours. We apply between two to four coats of professional furniture paint, depending on the colour and coverage of the paint. Between each coat, the surfaces are also lightly sanded and dusted.


STEP seven


Once all is dry and cured, we inspect the surfaces to make sure all is in order. Then the piece receives its final protective finish

(wax, acrylic top coat or hard wearing top coat).

At last, all hardware is reinstalled and the piece receives its branded 'Die kleine Zeitmaschine' tag, with its exclusive production number. 


Each piece is unique and sometimes we need to repeat steps, or add extra ones. The wood underneath each piece will carry its own history and have its own properties, and sometimes we get different results, even though the process is the same. Because of this we are constantly learning and improving our methodology. This ensures our clients are satisfied with our products and the furniture pieces we create live happy long lives in their new forever homes.

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