RealDeal: Upcycling

Greig walks us through his upcycling tips: The Search I like to browse the site daily using my saved search option on my DoneDeal Dash Board – House & DIY – Waterford, Wexford & Kilkenny. I scroll through the section looking for unique, quirky items.

I normally limit my spend on items, depending on what they are, to €60 & under. A quick tip is to look on DoneDeal to see what items are popular if you’re planning to sell the item on.  When it comes to the sale it will help your profit margin. Haggling for the best deal is my favourite part, along with actually upcycling the items. If an item is listed for normally, say €50, I really want to be achieving a sale price of between €35 & €40 , I would generally start my bid process by using the message centre with a €30 tester offer then settle on a price that suits both the seller and myself. Once agreed I arrange collection & then the fun part starts. Paint I like to use Rust-Oleum Chalk paint from woodies at €18.99 per tin, I find this as good as any other type in the market for a fraction of the price .

This paint, if being used on wood surfaces, needs minimum prep work if any. You can normally do a whole project with just one tin of paint depending on the size. Finished items Once I have upcycled the items I normally search DoneDeal to benchmark the best resale price. I take into account the original purchase price and production costs to help me set the best price. If you are anything like me you will end up keeping a lot of the items you upcycle as you get a great sense of pride from your work. But it is also great to make some cash to fund your next project.