It’s a way of life.
Or, maybe it’s an obsession. I suppose it depends on who’s describing it.
Upcycling trash isn’t as bad as it sounds.
We throw away so much trash. We can’t upcycle it all, but why not some?
- Good for the environment (I’m not a tree hugger, just responsible.)
- Good for the pocketbook (It’s rewarding to save a buck!)
- Good for you (It’s fun to own original creative works of art and one of a kind decor!)
Here are some examples from my recent post Craft Room Closet Makeover.
Old Box Springs – cut them off and use to hang projects on a wall. (I’ve seen them hold candles too.)
Ningxia Red packing materials turned paint supplies – use to hold up your painting project or as a spray paint caddy, brush holder or paint stick propper-upper. I’m pretty messy when I paint, so these come in handy. I have a stack of them at the ready. I use the actual box to hold my projects up off the grass when I paint outside.
Canned vegetable box & crib sheet – use the cut up boxes from the store to hold up your paint project (little contact makes it easier to paint) and then just throw it away when you are done. Use old crib sheets to cover your little collapsible table.
Old Photo Frames can be made into all sorts of home decor and craft room storage pieces.
Spray Painted desk – Old ugly furniture can be transformed, perfect for inside the closet (This used to be bright blue!)
How about using things from around the house, or thrifting and garage saling rather than buying new, or decorating with common household tools?
Shadow Box – this was a project from days gone by that was toted from house to house, too sentimental to toss (made by my DH), too dated to use.
It’s amazing what a coat of paint will do for an outdated wood piece.
Let me challenge you.
Obviously you won’t be using the same items to decorate, but you have your own pieces to change, use or repurpose. Look around. Be constantly aware of what you have or see around you.
Get creative, save money and be unique.
How do you upcycle/repurpose/reuse/recycle?
1 thought on “Upcycling Trash? Repurposing? Double Duty-ing? Thrifting?”
Great ideas, Val! I love the one about using packaging material for painting! I am the absolute MESSIEST painter-ever! That's according to my hubby, of course!! Thanks for sharing!!