Whether you’re staging a home for sale or simply just wanting a different look, the good news is upcycling is very enjoyable and easy to do. Of course, if you are not that passionate for DIY, you can always get great items from handy artists and craftspeople specialising in upcycling.
But I’d rather you do it yourself. DIY upcycling allows you to create your own masterpiece and feel a sense of achievement. What’s more, upcycled items are one-of-a-kind and can be good conversation pieces at parties or dinners – even when presenting your home to sell.
Some Great Ideas for DIY Upcycling
There are countless vintage and old pieces you can reuse and re-function to make for a lovely home interior. The best place to search for these objects is in your own cupboards and garage or you can shop online, at garage sales or salvage yards.
Glass Jars & Bottles
Oh, I’m sure you have lots of these. Coloured wine bottles lined up with the light shining through can make a dull area bright. Add some paint and glitter and you have one beautiful centrepiece on your table. They can also be used as a flower vase or simply decorated and filled with oil to display in the kitchen and use for cooking.
And the glass jars? What better way than to give it a new function. A small lampshade or fill with crayons? Who knows, you could even inspire a budding artist.
I am simply fascinated with chairs, which I usually find on Gum-tree, second hand shops, online classified ads, or simply along the road! There are a thousand and one ways to give old chairs a revamp – clean and wax, stencil, paint the wooden ones, or redo upholstery for fabric chairs.
Old, Damaged Timber Doors and Windows
Old doors and windows can definitely be salvaged and re-functioned. Here are just a few ideas on how to reuse and re-function them:
- They can be decorative accents in a room. A bed head or a rustic wall decor.
- Multiple-paned windows can be used as an art frame taking out the glass; with the glass in, they can be great for photo displays.
- Old doors made of quality wood can be transformed into dining and coffee tables.
Wooden Crates and Boxes
Get creative! Crates are very versatile. With a clean and clear varnish they can be stacked to make great bedside tables, shelving or bound together to make a magazine table! Timber boxes can be deconstructed and made into other beautiful, functional pieces such as a rack for keys or hats.
You need to ensure first that you are not taking chemical residues into your home. So better check where they came from and what they were used for.
Common uses for pallets is outdoor furniture, coffee tables, swinging daybeds, shelving, table tops, a rustic looking bookcase and more. Pallet items are seriously the biggest trend in upcycling right now and you’re only limited by your imagination! This one was made by my daughter!
So go forth and create something new from old!
Check out more fabulous ideas at http://www.pinterest.com/APPinkerton/upcycling/