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Upcycling—keeping it in the present

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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From old to new—that's the motto of the aptly-named  upcycling. No longer should used items be thrown out when they can simply be upgraded. Unlike recycling, the nature of the material used is, in this case, not changed. This variant of recycling is environmentally friendly and energy-saving—it’s also more than easy to upcycling, yourself!

The possibilities are almost endless: old furniture can be polished and painted or old items, that we would actually dispose of, find an entirely new use. Whether as a DIY project or from the hand of designers—each upcycling product is unique and becomes a part of your home very quickly.

Upcycled dresser

Items that have been upgraded via upcycling don’t necessarily look absolutely brand new, as this example shows, but the charm is, nonetheless, of obvious appearance. And so the piece of furniture is actually right on trend; fitting in with the ever popular Shabby Chic style. 

Upcycled antiques

If you are planning on remodelling a piece of furniture, then it should look dazzling! This is easier than, perhaps, you think too, especially if you have a good piece that’s got no major flaws. So, something like Radiant and vivid colours (such as purple) can immediately give us a whole new impression of grandma's dresser! 

Versatile upcycling

The creativity in upcycling are no limits. Whether personal pictures, paintings and classical motifs—we can make our furniture as it suits us. This side table with glass top is perfect for such a project: interchangeable motifs, under the glass plate, allow you to keep the change going even after you've upcycled it.  

Out with the old, in with the new

This chair is not only comfortable, but also extremely weather resistant. The material used in this chair is old sailing mast. To find sails that are no longer suitable for use and breath new life into them as a piece of furniture is a very practical and innovative idea that’s also inspirational to those of us who wish to try our hand at upcycling

Wine crates

We rarely find wine boxes,  especially in a big city—but they can be so convenient! In our apartment, wooden crates guarantee versatile usage as a shelf, stool, table or storage box.  

Upcycled light fittings

An old set of porcelain needn't be so easily discarded. Why not use them to make things for your own house, but as more of a permanent installation! What fun! 

Upcycling nature

 Corridor, hallway & stairs by ekomia

Kleiderstange Walden


Another example of just how creative we can be in our solutions. The branch of a tree, turned into clothes rack -serious eco-warrior stuff here!

Want some more upcycling ideas? Take a look at this ideabook or have a look at some house plant tips!  

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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