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Upcycling in the Home

August 15, 2017

Upcycling in the Home

With sunny spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to clean up and redecorate around the home. Why not embrace both of these tasks at once by ‘upcycling’? The term refers to the transformation of discarded or useless items, into something new and useful. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your DIY project!


Wooden shipping pallets have been around for decades and can easily be found at commercial warehouses. With a bit of sanding and a coat of paint, these pallets can be converted into funky outdoor lounges, day beds, gardens and tables. You only need six pallets and a pile of large cushions to make a great outdoor lounge for soaking up the spring sunshine!

Bar Stools

No use for those old bar stools anymore? It may seem like a really simple idea, but bar stools actually make a great desk. You can sand the bar stools back and re-stain them to match the wooden panel top, or create a piece of feature furniture by priming and painting them in a bright spring time colour! If you’re not too handy with a saw, your local hardware store will cut a few panels of wood for you to screw to the top of the bar stools.

Filing Cabinets

Not sure what to do with those old filing cabinets?
Turn them into a set of trendy bedside tables and update the look of your bedroom at the same time!
There are a couple of ways to give your old filing cabinet an arty and updated look – the first option involves spray paint and a fancy stencil. Spray paint the cabinet in a new colour and once it’s dry, use a stencil and spray paint to create a stylish pattern. The other option involves heading to your nearest fabric store and picking out a vibrant and eye catching material to glue to the front of the drawers, as well as spray painting the outside of the cabinet in a complementary colour.

Source: Harcourts International 


For a free no obligation chat feel free to call or email me anytime Vinay Kumar 0275643112 or vinay.kumar@harcourts.co.nz





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