Thursday, July 3, 2014

Trash To Treasure Decorating

What can be more satisfying than reusing and recycling!!!
To me, it feels great when I give a new lease of life to stuff that is no longer useful or has become trash. So what do you need to turn that trash into treasure!! Well, it's just a creativity and imagination. It not only saves money but gives new life to an old & dying objects.
Here are some ideas to inspire you:

Use old furniture: You can upcycle or repurpose your old furniture in many ways.
Turn headboard into a nice outdoor bench with some carpentry work. An old door can be used as a wall panel that has sconce fit on it and can be placed either side of the bed. Making shelves out of an old door is a very smart and useful way to reuse.

Old Door Turned Into Bench, Shelf, Wall Panel

Cable spool can be turned into a nice breakfast table. Just give it a fresh coat of paint and put glass cut in circle shape on it.
An old table can serve as a dresser you just need to add a mirror and drawers.
While old dresser can be used as a bathroom vanity.
Worn out furniture can easily be given new look by painting them in some new color.
Sometimes replacing old upholstery with new one gives a whole new look to the place.
Sewing machine works well as a desk or nightstand. Old ladder can serve as a towel hanger in bathroom. A photo frame can be used as a tray.

Repurposing, Recycling


Use Old Crockery & Utensils: Are you bored of your old kitchenware then repurpose them and you will start loving them all over again.
Old teapot makes a very beautiful planter grow succulent in it and it looks lovely placed on center table. A wonderful way to transform teapots is to make a bedside lamp of it. Stack teapots or some cups then install shade and wiring on the top of the stack. Needs some skills though.

Teapot Lamp and Planter

Empty mason jars (Jem/jelly jars) have umpteen number of uses. Use them as votive/candle holder, vase, pen/brush holder, chandelier and liquid soap dispenser.

Recycling Ideas
Image: Mine
Spoons bent and nailed on a wooden panel can serve as a tea light holders and create warm and welcoming ambiance. Whereas forks bent and nailed can work as hooks. Colander can make a very beautiful pendant light. Paint those big old metal trays and hang them on wall to work as magnetic message board. 
If you are not using your frying pans/skillets then think something different paint them, drill a hole in the center and install clock mechanism it will make a lovely clock for your kitchen.

Repurposed Spoon, Colander, Tray, Frying Pan


Use old Clothing: Before donating your old clothing wait a minute and think you can turn them into fabulous home decor items.
Make a beautiful cushion cover out of old shirt or embroidered kurta.
If you have some fancy and colorful cloth then you can cover old photo frame with it to give it a totally new look.
Several old colorful fabrics sewed together can make a beautiful quilt. A rag rug can also be woven with these fabrics for adding instant drama to your room.
Old shawls or duppata can be turned into an eye catching wall hanging by adding some beads or stones.

Some other stuff: 
There are many other objects that can be turned into something useful and beautiful. Use old newspapers to weave a basket or tray to keep on center table. You can make newspaper wind chime to hang in garden or make coasters to surprise your guests. Cut 8"-10" broad stripes of newspaper, roll them with the help of round thin stick and glue the end. Now start weaving until your desired shape ans size is achieved. Paint it in acrylic color of your choice and then apply varnish. It looks same as wicker basket and strong enough to hold some fruits, flowers of light home decor accessories. For complete tutorial on newspaper tray click here and for newspaper wind chime click here

Newspaper Wind Chime, Decorative Tray, Coasters
Image: Mine

Empty soft drink cans can be reused or upcycled in many ways like as a vase, pen/brush holder, planter, wall sconces and candles.
Old tires painted in bright colors make beautiful hanging as well as garden planter. One more use is turn it into ottoman with little creativity, put hardboard or ply on one side and attach legs on the other side, glue twine or rope all around it.
Even coconut shell and plastic bottles can be turned into a hanging planter.

Recycling
Image: Mine
Have you ever turned some drab into fab.....do let me know. Would love to see it or may be you will be featured here on 3D :)))
Everything around you has more than one purpose. Use your imaginations and creativity to create best out of the waste. Happy Decorating!!







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