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Old to New

Upcycling also known as creative reuse

Old to New

Upcycle is all the rage, but interior designers have been doing it for years.  Take an old item and repurpose it or make it new by reupholstering or painting.  Simple things that anyone can do. Upcycling also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

My clients often say to me what decorating items should I use.  I tell them to look around in your cupboards first and see what you have.  You would be surprise to find something that can be used.  What about grandma’s old bowl that has been hidden away in the cupboard.  It just maybe the right colour and shape that you need.

Old to new is easy and you can create small projects that anyone can do.  I would suggest to start small and work your way up.  A can of paint is easy and cheap, and you could transform an object in a weekend.

Two of my projects I have included in the pictures.  The first one was a canvas I no longer wanted.  To transform it I added fabric and stapled in on, to change the canvas into a new item and fashion statement.  The other is a chair that I picked up from a kerbside throw.  It was an office chair with a swivel base that was broken.  I put new legs on it and reupholstered it.  I also painted the frame black instead of the brown.