Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Upcycling Ideas

Upcycling is a term most of us are familar with. As I look at different ideas, I realize that this concept has been around for a long time. But I am struck by how creative and inventive people can be. Some are downright artistic. Here are several ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

I like the way these wine crate shelves look and they are very functional. These could work in different places, an office, laundry room, kids room, bathroom, family room, etc.

Ideas for wood pallets abound, but I think this bench is very nice. It has many placement possibilities.

Dresser Before

Dresser After

I doubt I'd be up to the task of refinishing a dresser like this, but oh, what a wow factor. Even more amazing is the transformation from ugly duckling to swan.

We've all seen neat things people have made with bottle caps, but this artwork is incredibly cool.

I really like this shoe form lamp, it would be great on a desk. How about a pair of them on a console table? I think I would try oversized clear light bulbs in them.

Can you believe that this great artwork came from junk mail?! It took the creative mind of artist Sandy Schimmel to figure this one out and she did so in a big way. Check out her website to see other gorgeous works of art made from junk mail. 

Do you have something you've upcycled that you would like to share? E-mail me 


  1. love the idea of up-cycling.. hope to do a little of that with some of my thrift finds...
    great post with fabulous ideas...

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  3. Thanks for the comment, your idea was awesome!

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