It can be hard to say goodbye to some of your things, especially if saying goodbye means throwing them into a landfill. Rather than contributing to the ever-growing piles of rubbish, you can find a way to keep your things and make your home even nicer, by joining in with the upcycling craze. Here are just a few ideas to get you kickstarted.
Rescue That Old Ikea Furniture
Everyone loves Ikea, even the people who say that they dislike it, deep down are madly in love with it. That’s just the way things are. So, it can be rough when your Ikea furniture has started to get a bit long in the tooth and showing its age. But there are plenty of low effort ways to save that furniture from the ravages of time and upcycle it into a new chic version of its former self. A lick of paint can inject some life into bookcases, commit to the wear with some sanding and varnish for a rustic look or move your furniture into a different room, like using a storage unit as an island in the kitchen.
Repurpose an Old Picture Frame
With the continuing decline in popularity of framed photographs, you might find that you have lots of old picture frames lying around the place that you’re not sure what to do with. By adding some handles to the side and covering the lot in fancy paper, you can convert your old, tired picture frames into pretty little tea trays, perfect for serving hot drinks off of.
Transform Coffee Cans into Plant Pots
I drink a lot of coffee, so I’m always finding that I need to replace the cans of coffee in my cupboard, but that comes with the guilt of creating more rubbish. What to do! Well, with a small bit of paint you can convert your old coffee cans into cute little plant pots, which are perfect for increasing the greenery in your home.
Turn Old CDs into a Mosaic
If you were around during the heyday of music CDs or you had a computer in the 90s, then you probably have a box somewhere filled with old and useless CDS. AOL is partially to blame for their insatiable need to mail out as many sample CDs as possible. Anyway, if you are not holding on to these CDs for sentimental reasons, then I recommend a simple solution – smash them up into lots of pieces.
While this is a nice little bit of catharsis to work out that rage at Carol eating the last slice of cake in the office, it’s also a great starting point for making your very own mosaic. Find a suitable surface and glue down all the pieces of the CD with the shiny side up. This will make for some sparkly decoration and, if you do this outside, you’ll get some beautiful colours off the sun.