What can you save from a trip to the tip?
As part of this new `up cycling’ aesthetic, some of our furniture and home furnishings are being fashioned from what was once regarded as waste. The phenomenon of upcycling even precedes the decorating stage and there are literally loads of options for sourcing suppliers/product relevant in the build/renovation process.
• Ceiling insulation made from waste paper
• Use carpet underlay made from old tyres
How can you funk up your junk?
I am not suggesting that everyones lounge room should reflect the latest garage sale. Rather, I suggest that you look for opportunities to salvage and reintroduce something in a creative, novel or meaningful way. This will enable the piece to represent value to you. Through the sheer ingenuity of it, it will also manage to catch people’s eye and stimulate thought or conversation from others.
Be proud to see things from a different angle. Don’t just give an old table a facelift with a touch of paint. It is still a desk. Revamping, though great is not upcycling. I mean, make a hanging vase out of a used light bulb. Challenge convention starting with ideas inspired by the bottom of your cupboards or the depths of your garage.
Don’t forget to pit it against the swankiest new piece in the room and enjoy the contrast!
Here’s a short list I’ve compiled of upcycled things that have been rescued from destination landfill:
• Surfboard chalkboard
• Transform old crockery set into a lamp shade base of course!
• Bike spoke clock
• TV aquarium
• Convert old maps or street directory into a collage or bunting
• Convert old music books or Xmas tree/table decorations
• Make driftwood/off cuts into hook racks
• Make a mobile for a kids room out of coloured pencils
• Use kids matchbox cars in shadow box displays
• Use haberdashery items
• Use children’s book illustrations to make personalised artworks/picture frames