We have all found ourselves in a situation where we have, for one reason or another, acquired items of furniture that just don't fit in with the rest of the house. They may be perfectly functional and very practical, but old fashioned, frumpy and tired looking. If you can't bear to let it go, then why not give it a new lease of life. Upcycling is not just a buzz word, it's also a practical solution to a common problem. With a little preparation, paint and some inspiration, you can make even the dullest piece of furniture work for you.