If you haven’t caught on to the latest idea in recycling, it’s another fine way to support our planet. Have you ever heard of the term, ‘upcycling’?
Like most people, you’re already conditioned to do your part for the planet. You get a smog check on your car. You recycle cans, plastic and paper. You also use eco-friendly products, whenever it’s reasonable. So, upcycling shouldn’t be much of a stretch for you.
Upcycling refers to giving an old, used, or vintage item a new use. The object can be almost any solid, reusable item that you’ve thought about throwing in the trash—large or small.
Remember when you were a kid and you made crafts from egg cartons? That’s similar to upcycling. However, it’s on a grander, more sophisticated scale now.
Do you have visions of unique furnishings for an interior redesign for a farmhouse or a rustic beach house style? Or, do you enjoy an eclectic look and prefer a room that tells a story based on the furnishings that occupy the space?
If you’ve ever found yourself in love with the Flea Market Finds show or eyeballing an empty coffee can to figure out how to reuse it, you’ll love these three articles about up-cycling.
The Cottage Market – 25 Upcycled Furniture Ideas.
Andrea compiled an amazing list of fantastic, unusual ideas for re-using a variety of furniture. One of my unexpected favorites is the library catalog drawers transformed into a console table. Luvvvvv it! Read more in the Cottage Market blog to find your favorite.
Country Living – 34 Clever Ways to Upcycle Flea Market Finds.
This list includes ideas you’ll want to grab of used furniture pieces to small household accessories that get a new assignment. These once-unwanted items transform into an eclectic, or modern, or romantic piece for the household decor. Of course, #12 (another surprise favorite of mine) hardly looks up-cycled. I could totally imagine the style in a furniture store—today. Read more about Country Living’s upcycle list.
Good Housekeeping – 36 Genius Trash to Treasure Crafts
If you’ve got the DIY bug, you can’t pass this one up. The photo ideas complied will have you re-thinking nearly everything you’re about to trash. No, seriously. Want to know my favorites? Check out the children’s playroom kitchen and the sunburst mirror in Good Housekeeping’s crafty treasures list.
Are you ready to get busy? Upcycling seems like a great blend of using your talent and saving our planet. Have you got a good piece in mind?
What are you working on right now? What’s your dream upcycling project? Please share. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.