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8 Upcycling Ideas For Your Home

September 26, 2017

1. Desk Organiser

I found this wooden cabinet on top of a neighbour's verge collection pile. Here are the simple steps I used to turn it into a desk organiser:
1. Clean with rag and warm soapy water.
2. Sand lightly with sandpaper.
3. Apply 2 coats of paint using colours of choice.
4. Apply coat of varnish.
5. Decorate door with design of choice (I used an old lino print template).

2. Jewellery Hangers

I had these two leftover canvases from a past school project. Here are the simple steps I used to turn them into jewellery hangers:
Earring Hanger
1. Prime canvas with coat of thinned-out white paint.
2. Apply coat of paint using colours of choice.
3. Apply coat of varnish.
4. Using pin or needle, prick holes in canvas surface (space them in pairs).
Necklace Hanger
1. Stick down old CDs onto surface of canvas (number of CDs will depend on size of canvas).
2. Prime canvas with coat of thinned out white paint.
3. Apply coat of paint using colours of choice.
4. Apply coat of varnish.
5. Using old wire, cut into small pieces and stick around the edges of CDs.

3 & 4. Kitchen Lamp & Bread Box

I found both these items in an op shop. Here are the simple steps I used to turn them into decorative kitchen accessories:
Kitchen Lamp
1. Clean with rag and warm, soapy water.
2. Apply coat of paint to lamp shade using colours of choice (I used tiny brush to create colourful, intricate patterns).
3. Apply coat of varnish to lampshade.
Bread Box
1. Clean with rag and warm, soapy water.
2. Sand lightly with sandpaper.
3. Apply coat of paint using colours of choice (I used tiny brush to create colourful, intricate patterns).
4. Apply coat of varnish.

5. Coffee Table

Pallets are relatively easy to come by, I always find them behind shops or on verges. Here are the simple steps I used to turn them into a coffee table:
1. Clean with rag and warm, soapy water.
2. Sand lightly with sandpaper.
3. Prime pallet with coat of white paint.
4. Apply coat of paint using colours of choice (I had friends come round and we made an evening of it!).
5. Apply coat of varnish.

6 & 7. Herb Box & Pot Plants

The pallet I found in a back lane and the two plastic bins I found on top of a neighbour's verge collection pile. Here are the simple steps I used to turn them into decorative garden accessories:
Herb Box
1. Clean with rag and warm, soapy water.
2. Sand lightly with sandpaper.
3. Using 3 old pieces of wood, cut to size and connect to bottom of 3 planter beds.
4. Line the inside of planter beds with mesh (I used some leftover shade cloth).
5. Prime pallet with coat of white paint.
6. Apply coat of paint using colours of choice (I had friends come around and we made an evening of it!).
7. Apply coat of varnish.
Pot Plants
1. Clean with rag and warm, soapy water.
2. Drill drainage holes at bottom of each bin.
3. Remove wheels from bin.

8. Hanging Pot Plants

These are a pair of old sport shoes that were ready to be thrown out. Here are the simple steps I used to turn them into hanging pot plants:
1. Remove laces from both shoes (keep laces to the side).
2. Remove shoe tongue from both shoes.
3. Clean with rag and warm, soapy water.
4. Apply coat of paint using colours of choice.
5. Thread laces through 2 top holes of each shoe and tie a knot at the top.



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