Upcycling is growing more popular every day in home trends across the globe. Not only is more people loving the rustic, distressed designs in their home but it’s giving us all a chance to salvage trash into treasure and possibly saving a few pennies in the process.
For those that don’t know what upcycling is, according to the true definition, it’s when you “reuse discarded objects or material in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.” I love taking something that you are going to throw out and turning it into something that is useful and new for your home.
You don’t have to be talented in carpentry or design to start upcycling. It can be as simple as turning an old white skinny bookshelf on it’s side, repainting it and adding baskets in the spaces and throwing cushions on top of it, to create useful and simple bench seat under a window. Or go even smaller, take an old wooden chipped frame, sand it down and repaint, add a mirror instead of glass to create an unique mirror for your hallway, or paint the glass with chalk paint and use it as a family calendar, message board or more. Your options, in the upcycling world, are endless.
The best part of upcycling is you are helping the environment by reusing things that just fill our landfills up and making your home unqiue in the process. It’s a win-win for everyone. For those DIY lovers it’s a great creative challenge to see what you can make out of old furniture and home accessories that are laying around the house or that others are giving away or throwing away.
I love to go shopping at yard sales or flea markets or second handstores to find little things I can make into big treasures. Sometimes I decide to resell the finished products on ebay and make some money for my next project but mostly I love them too much to part with and find a place in my home for them.
Playing around with different home trends and different design themes is my favorite pastime. My home is forever evolving and changing with me although to my husband’s dismay of course. I have been searching online for some more upcycling living inspiration and looking to create a great space in my back room and office space when I return to the UK from the states. If I could find the right piece of distressed wood I would love to upcycle it as a desk for my new office space. I think it really adds character to an office and would create a great table to use for food photography as well. Bonus.
Pinterest is another great place for inspiration on upcycling projects. I forewarn you, it will suck you into it’s heavenly creations, and you will want to go turn everything in your house into something new. That’s the beauty of upcycling: there are no rules, no limitations, just you and your creative mind and what it can envision something to turn into.
FIVE TIPS FOR UPCYCLE BEGINNERS:
1. Start your first project small
2. First try sanding and repainting something.
3. Research home living websites and pinterest for guidance and ideas.
4. Use things you already have in your home before you start yard sale hopping, flea market jumping and buying from second stores. (that will come in time).
5. MOST IMPORTANT: Don’t spend a fortune trying to upcycle something. The idea is to remake something that will add value to your creation not cost you an arm and a leg for it when you could have bought something similar brand new for less.
Have you ever upcycled something for your home or for someone? I would love to hear what projects you are working on at the minute, leave a comment below. Or you can tweet me your project if you have wrote about it on your blog.
In the meantime, pop over to my new upcycle pinterest board and see what projects I have in store for the future.