Archive For The “Upcycling” Category
I had this idea for a while. It’s such waste to use and throw away all these plastic containers. I reuse them as often as I can. Here is a short video showing how you can make a plastic pouch out of used empty cream, shampoo or face wash tubes. It took me 20 minutes altogether – including washing and fixing these magnetic clasps. They are perfect for carrying small items like keys, earphones or even coins – I hate when all these things fly loose in my handbag! If you don’t like the colour or design of the container, you can also spray it with multipurpose spray paint (you might need a few layers of layers to cover the branding).
Here is a list of items you would need to make it (A shopping List)
Empty plastic tube or container which you obviously have 🙂
When I planned to visit my sister in law and she asked me for help with upcycling a small pallet she had. Upcycling? No problem! I ordered all necessary materials beforehand and with everything ready, within three hours built this small seat on wheels. It even fits under the coffee table so if it is not used, doesn’t take space unnecessarily.
If you happen to use the waterproof fabric its a perfect seat for outdoor areas.
A quick stencil (painting was quick, not cutting the stencil) from last weekend.
I had many empty coffee cans and quite a mess in my tea and coffee cabinet, so I decided to paint them and have them labelled.
Here is how you can repurpose old coffee cans by turning them into tea and coffee containers and keep the shelves organised.
- You can make your own stencils or download them. If you search online, there are plenty ready to go labels but if you have lots of different types of tea you are better off making your own stencils. After printing cut them out.
2. Clean the cans from the dust and grease. Paint them in one colour. I painted my cans in black. Then, using adhesive (a tiny amount) , fix your stencils to the cans and spray over. Let it dry a little bit and remove the paper to allow drying completely. If there are any aces of adhesive left, remove them gently.
Another project finished and ready to share. We wanted to refresh our bathroom and after having it painted in gray, I decided that the two laundry wicker baskets there, also deserve some uplifting. Before painting anything you have to remember to clean it thoroughly. The baskets were a bit dusty so I dusted them with…
I have to admit for a hundred times that I am addicted to changing things around my home -upcycling, recycling, repainting, upgrading. Giving items their second life. This is an example of a third life I gave a simple IKEA tray.
Originally it looked like this; I bought it for €5.
Then I painted it green with some black stencils. When I stopped liking it, I decided to do a little bit of decoupage (I used printouts of vintage papers).
When I decided to change it again, I had to remove the decoupage first. Then I cleaned it thoroughly and sandpapered every bit of tray. Clean everything with a damp cloth and let it dry.
Apply two coats of chalk paint. After the paint had dried, I sanded it with a very fine sandpaper. I also used steel wool at the end.
I decided to paint the side edges and the handles in a different colour. The blue masking tape helped to make the lines on the edges straight. When dried, I followed the same procedure – I treated it with some sandpaper and steel wool.
When everything was dry and clean, it was time to apply something to preserve the paint. You can choose a varnish; I decided to go for wax.
Wax is not water or heat resistant, but I just love the look of waxed chalk painted surfaces.
Following the instructions, I applied two layers of the wax. I let each of them dry, and polished with a soft dry cloth giving a tray a beautiful shine.
And now I have a lovely orange and yellow tray to serve my teas coffees and biscuits 🙂
Ikea stool turned to coffee table.
When you rent a apartment and you sometimes don’t want to rely on the furniture that is there. You can’t give the furniture back as it came with the flat and the landlord would not agree to that but you want it to look different, be more in your style. Over years of living in rented accommodation I figured out many ways of adding my personal touch to the rented furniture – obviously without making permanent changes to the furniture pieces.
One of them below – an IKEA coffee table cover. What you need to make it is a saw, hammer, some nails sand paper and wood wax. The wood is from reclaimed pallets. It is reply important to dry the pallets before using them. Otherwise if they are still damp the planks might become skewed and the table surface not even.
This is one of the first stencil paintings i have ever made.
I upcycled the old cabinet that we put apart.
Sold just recently – I believe i went for some kind of charity auction.