Up-cycling: Save Cash by Reusing Your Trash

Up-cycling is the latest craze with both fashion and interior design enthusiasts. No longer is it considered cheap and unsophisticated to turn someone else’s unwanted junk into a new piece of furniture. In fact, ‘second-hand’ has been rebranded as ‘up-cycling’ and is now taking the creative industries by storm.

The best things about this trend are firstly, that it’s accessible to those on a budget, but most importantly, it’s great for the environment. Here are some of our favourite up-cycled furniture designs that you can re-create to make your home more eco-friendly and more stylish.

Wooden Palette Coffee Table

Wooden Palette Coffee Table

Palettes are super easy to get hold of, and even easier to turn into a stylish feature for your living room. Sand one down and paint it to match your existing colour scheme; if you want a modern, minimalist look, then white or mint green are on-trend choices. Finish off with a high-shine gloss and you’re on your way to creating your perfect new coffee table. If you prefer a more rustic look, you could opt for a simple wood stain effect, which will look equally as good. To finish off, pop it on casters to give it some height and make it easy to move around, and voila, you’ve got yourself a cheap, stylish and recycled new coffee table.

Window Shutter Notice Board

Window Shutter Notice Board

Modern developments in property design means that window shutters aren’t so popular anymore. The good news is they can be reused inside the home to create a quirky notice board that’s perfect for the kitchen. Simply cleaning up an old shutter and fitting it to an interior wall using power tools like the ones from Swift Trading might be enough if you like the shabby chic look. If not, then sanding and repainting it will create a more polished effect.

Suitcase Shelves

Suitcase Shelves

Scour charity shops and car-boot sales for vintage suitcases and build up a collection to turn into shelves. Saw them in half and attach to your walls using shelving brackets to create a unique, up-cycled feature in your living room or bedroom. You could even attach them irregularly as demonstrated in this design and use them as a place to showcase your favourite trinkets, photographs and books.

There are so many ways you can use old junk to create unusual furniture and features for your home; all you need is a little creativity.