Visiting shops to search for a new vase, lamp or cushion is a simple way to improve your home’s look. However, if your creative side is clamouring to get out, consider blending your fondness of interiors with a little creative talent and undertake an upcycling project.
Upcycling is all the rage in the interiors industry; it involves taking existing things and repurposing them into something amazing for the garden or the home. You can also get some guidance and inspiration by looking at sources such as Pinterest.
Here are some popular upcycling projects for different types of homes:
1. Make beautiful flower pots or pen holders from denim cuts offs
This will suit homes in hipster, trendy suburbs with a fondness of denim.
Denim rules in the suburbs of Hamilton and Cooks Hill in Newcastle. It’s double denim all through winter and cutoff denims for the sea side hipsters during summer. Not only are cutoffs highly fashionable on Beaumont and Darby Streets, they also leave a good amount of fabric to make handy pots. You can wrap the inside using a plastic bag and put a plant in it. Check out this denim idea!
2. Create luxury looks on a small budget with metallic spray paint
This suits glitzy suburbs where shiny accessories, platinum credit cards and solid gold watches are common.
The Newcastle suburbs of The Hill, Merewether, Bar Beach and The Junction have homes with multi-million price tags. But it doesn’t follow that you have to be a millionaire to live there. You can have the chance to live in one of the beautiful suburbs with a good rental, and when you move in, you may want to look into doing some inexpensive fixes to upcycle your accessories to another level.
3. Space saving sky high gardening with old teaspoons
People living in inner-city apartments with tiny balcony gardens can try this.
It’s nearly impossible to maintain a garden when you live in the city. However, you can still build a herb box even if you live 10 floors up. This simple labelling idea using tablespoons will allow you to never confuse basil and Thai basil again.
4. Use old towels to make beach ready bags
This is perfect for people who live in a beachside or lakeside suburb and always wear bathers.
This is the right up-cycling project for you if you happen to live close to the water in Merewether, Redhead, Newcastle, Blacksmiths Beach, Belmont, Warners Bay, Cams Wharf or Toronto. Too many to mention but here's your instructions on how to make a towel beach bag for yourself.
5. Seats made of vinyl visions
A music loving suburb, which means you can easily get a hold of old, old viny, should try this project.
If you love Islington, Wickham and Maryville then you’re most likely a music lover. Inner city dwellers can recognise good music when they hear it. They can also easily tell you where to go to get pristine vinyl. Save your best vinyl for the record player, but you can use old records or scratched vinyl to recycle and turn them into side tables/stools. Take a look at this one on my Pintrest page.
6. Designer light fixtures using dessert spoons
This is the right upcycling project for people living in inner city suburbs where chic living and smart (replica) spending is commonplace.
“The city slicker” suburbs could be referring to suburbs such as Carrington, Newcastle East and Newcastle West. These areas are close to the city’s hottest bars, restaurants, culture and the office, and whilst mostly apartments there are also some lovely homes that are perfect to live in.
The only disadvantage of spending way too much time in the hottest bars is that your home interior may look and feel dull in comparison. But don’t worry – dessert spoons turned into designer light fixtures are easy to create and will makeover your dining area from chain store austere to boutique chic.
For more up-cycling ideas visit my Pintrest page and find something to start your creative juices flowing.