Upcycling is a great way to give your old things a new lease of life. Alternatively, if you find something in a re-use shop that is the right size for your room, but the wrong colour/style – upcycling it can make it fit your needs.
What can I upcycle?
Popular items include:
- Miscellaneous (tyres, pallets, suitcases, doors – and much much more)
Upcycling furniture can be as easy or as difficult as you want. There are tutorials online, numerous courses, and organisations that will upcycle items on a commission basis on your behalf.
Videos; We’ve created some videos to help inspire you and show you how easy it can be. They cover painting furniture, how to upholster a chair and how to make a dog bed from a drawer.
Vines; We also created some vines (6 second videos) on upcycling a table, upcycling a chair, re-covering a chair, turning a drawer into a chalkboard or upcycling a chair just using newspaper.
How to guides; And you might like our “How to” guides for some amazing transformations we did as part of our #designdoc campaign including a wall unit, turning a baby changing unit into a kitchen island, changing a writing desk into a breakfast bar, transforming a TV unit, giving a sideboard a new look, changing the style of a side table and a complete change of look for an old dressing table.
Clothing and textiles
Upcycling clothing could be a case of turning a dress into a skirt, dyeing an item a different colour, or embellishing an item with button, frills or something else decorative. Again you might have the skills yourself, but if not, find a local seamstress/tailor who can help.
There are a whole host of things you can do with textiles. One simple project could be turning curtains into a cushion.
Look online for inspiration. And please share your great projects with us on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/recycleforscotland.
And check out your local Revolve store to see what you can pick up to upcycle into something unique.