Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Showing posts with label Wood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wood. Show all posts

Upcycle: Gravity Defying Bookshelves...


I rarely (almost never?) put together posts that are more "inspiration" than MAKE. But a few months ago I found myself rounding up what I've come to think of as "gravity defying" or suspension bookshelves - shelves that, for whatever reason, should not really be able to support books. But they do. And beautifully so. The image above is what started this collection - a completely fantastical library space. The image below takes the idea the extreme ... read on for more practical options!


Repurpose: Hang on to your Wood Hangers!

Image via Household 6 Diva
It's possible old wood hangers might break ... somehow no longer be able to perform their hanger-ly function. But that's not the point. I think they're beautiful things that should see the light of day! So bring them out of the closet and show them off. Here are 16+ ideas for how to do that:

Upcycle: Go a little Cuckoo for color!


You know how you used to pooh-pooh the cuckoo? You know that horrifying, noisy old clock of your great Aunt / Grandma / Second-cousin that you never wanted?  You want it now, don't you?! Well, I certainly do. Be inspired by a sweet roundup of colorful cuckoo's and get the cuckoo makeover how-to at Vintage Revivals

Upcycle: Retro Wood Wall Art




If you've been anywhere near my Pinterest boards, you know I love turquoise/blue and orange together. I also love a retro, vintage, mod feel - in general. So how much do I love this project??? Scrap wood and a little paint ... awesome. Complete how-to at Oh So Lovely Vintage.

Upcycle: Paint stirrer lamp shade

Stir up some new lighting with this awesome how-to from Serendipity Refined.

Upcycle: Side table distress!


If you follow the blog, you've seen me write (repeatedly) "I love natural wood and white!" So how about this side table / end table refab? From alley find to interior designed. Complete how-to at Design, Dining and Diapers.

Upcycle: Yarn-wrapped chair / Chalk-board table

I'm on a kid-whimsy kick this week. And I LOVE this eye-popping upcycle from One More Mushroom. The chair has been yarn-bombed (!), the table painted entirely with chalkboard paint. Which one would you rather have in your home?  :)  Complete how-to (with great pictures) here.


Upcycle: The Princess and the Popsicle stick!


If your little princess is eating a lot of frozen popsicles this summer, save the sticks and have her help you make one of these! And if she doesn't know the story, what a fun way to introduce her to it  :) Complete tutorial at Small World Land

Upcycle: Old nightstands into a play kitchen!

Original images via the Farmer's Nest - Collage by me. Please use kindly

One day I will have to round up all the amazing DIY/Re-do play kitchens I've seen ... the transformations never cease to dazzle me!  This one is care of The Farmer's Nest - please click through for the complete how-to.  (via Life As a Thrifter)

Repurpose: From Trashed to Tickin' (Guitar Clock)


 


Happy first Monday of July but...what happened to June? And half of 2012? Tick-tock, tick-tock. So... guess what the theme is this week? No, not clocks. Guitars! I got my first kid-sized acoustic guitar when I was 8, a not-quite-full-size and an actual teacher when I was 11 and I've had some version around ever since. I never trashed a guitar (I was a flaky, eccentric singer-songwriter). So, I'd never thought about repurposing the various bits and pieces of one until I found Stringcycle and saw what could be done with used-up strings. Since then, several posts have been brewing. They all go live this week. 

The first - turning a trashed guitar into a clock! Clock mechanisms are cheap and easy to find - I say this with confidence because I once churned out
book clocks to make extra money. This dramatic transformation from My Repurposed Life is a lot of fun and I'd love to see a version done with book pages!  Please note that the clock face is an old CD. Note too the guitar picks used to frame the clock. Guitar picks will be a focal point this week!  Get the whole tutorial here. (Via Handmade Spark

Upcycle: 12 Step Dresser Rehab...


I have a lot of creative, crafty friends - lucky me!  However, too many of them are blog-unfriendly. Or perhaps blog-inconsiderate is a better descriptor.  By this I mean, they are not organized enough to take good before, during and after shots of their projects. And then post their pics to Facebook where I can oggle them and say "hey - I want to share that!".  Perhaps it's time for some new, more me-oriented friends. Except Lynzie - she gets to stay. Because she's an energetic, committed teacher who, just this week, is on her way to a new life and a new middle school in Holmes County Mississippi (and I'm SO proud of her for 7 different reasons)... oh, and she also took pics of this awesome dresser makeover that I get to share with you today!

ReFab@Home: Bed Head...



So... I've been a little lazy about my home tour. But this week I actually got around to taking pictures while the light was good.  So here's a bedroom project!  I'm not really a headboard person - I think the wall works pretty well.  But I do like the idea of making the wall above the bed a feature of some sort.  Especially if it's the wall you see from the room entrance.  We have very little color in this room - the walls are a green we love. Pretty much everything else in the space is wood (furniture) or natural fibers in neutral tones.  So I had no idea what I wanted above the bed. Consequently, the space was empty for a while.  Then one day we happened upon these place mats at CB2... yup - they're place mats.  They were on clearance, of course.  Since they don't really lie flat, they were never going to make very good place mats.  But I loved the wood.  

Repurpose: Old toys = new grown-up decor


I had a lot of fun putting this post together! Using old toys as decorative items or home "accessories" requires a certain sense of irony. Definitely a sense of humor. And now that I've joined the ranks of those who trip over toys on a daily basis, I look forward to the day when I can either donate them or cut them into small pieces!  For repurposing, of course. Read on for 20+ ideas.

Upcycle: 1 old desk = 2 new nightstands

One beat up, $10 desk, a little carpentry, a little paint and hellloooooooooo.... yes please!  Get the how to from Sugar Bee Crafts.

DIY: Woodsy Mobile ...



A modern, woodsy mobile for baby?  Yes.  Love.  Especially if you (or someone you know) has wood veneer pieces lying around from a previous home DIY.  Get the how to from You are my Fave.

Upcycle: Woodgrain contact paper re-do's ...


Faux bois / woodgrain is everywhere ... adding a little mid-century flair? A little "natural mod" texture? It's cheap, trendy, versatile and easy to use!  So it's a GREAT upcycling material. Here's a round-up of projects I think are graintastic!

Repurpose: Smoothing rough edges ...


Perhaps re-purposing etc appeals so much to me because it exposes the hidden potential in ordinary things. You take something mundane and make it a centerpiece. You bring something rough and utilitarian indoors ... smooth the rough edges just a little and give it a second chance.  I guess I'm an optimist - I definitely believe in second chances!

I think this pendant lamp from Poppytalk sums it up.  An old wire wastebasket has its shining moment!  It provides a soft glow, thanks to a little scrap-fabric weaving.  Read on for a few more ideas on the theme...

DIY: You wood ... if you could ... right?





I think the smell of fresh sawdust is wonderful! ... (she ducks to avoid the virtual thwack).  But really ...  isn't it?  On the other hand, working with wood is intimidating, and N-O-T, not manicure-friendly.  I understand now that I was lucky to grow up surrounded by "woodshops" and wood "benches" - even at school!  My pre-school had a wood table - we used actual hammers and nails (can you imagine?!).  And I got to spend my 6th grade year working with wood as part of my actual curriculum.  We made clocks, tables ... even music stands.  (Also saw my very old, wiry-haired teacher/school principle electrocute himself one day in the workshop - not a sight you forget!)

For all that, I've done little more than sand and refinish in recent years.  Even though I know there are Park District woodshops across Chicago.  My excuses: well ... I live in an apartment ... I don't have a circular saw handy ... I have very little work space ... etc!  But there are things you can make indoors on a rainy/snowy day.  And if you smile nicely in the hardware store, those lovely people will happily cut pieces to exact size for you.  And the wonderful sawdust fragrance is free. 

Here's some inspiration to get you going:


You've seen the $1400 Anthro bookcase right?  OK ... so the price includes 6 vintage books.  But what if you just want the bookcase?  What if you want a version customized for books you've selected yourself? And, er ...what if you don't have $1400 to drop on a cute bookcase?

Head over to whollyKao (loving the name!) for what might be my favorite tutorial of the 2012 ... it's a cheap, easy make!!  The only thing that would make it better: using "found" wood or something other than particle/chip board (click "Read More" for six more doable projects)

Upcycle: D-ream-I-Y play kitchen ...






I think the pictures say it all really.  I am in awe.  Get the instructions at Paint on the Ceiling.




DIY: Whittle your own veggies...






When last did you whittle a whistle by the light of a gas lamp?  Or carve a carrot by the wood stove? Duo Fiberworks is literally rekindling (!) these lost arts ... with some serious updating!  Pretend "cut-able wood veggies" are trendy toddler toys right now.  So, grab the nearest twig, your carving knife and some velcro and get crafty.