Upcycling and Saving Money
Upcycling is “ the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value.”
The easiest way to explain this is to watch the BBC TV show, “Money For Nothing”, and then you will understand.
They take items that people would be tossing away in the tip or skips, and recycle or upcycle them into something useful and useable again.
It is a great concept, and one more and more people are following.
Many people want to not just save money, but also help the environment as well.
And as they say, “one man’s trash, is another man’s treasure”. So why not upcycle items so ave money and save the planet.
Recently one woman did just that, in part out of necessity, as she could not afford to replace an older worn out sofa, and in doing so, she has saved herself hundreds of pounds in replacing the sofa.
But why stop there with just a sofa, you can literally upcycle your entire home.
While not upcycling in the truest sense of the concept, you’d be surprised how a “lick of paint” can transform your home.
And if you do the job yourself, it can be done on the cheap.
You can change colours of rooms, add bordering, mix and match skirting boards to the walls, the possibilities are endless, all on the cheap and your time.
In addition, you can say you DIY’d it.
Here are a few more upcycling ideas, some are easy to do, and some may be more challenging and require a bit more patient.
Book Knife Block: You take a few old hardback books, and lash them together in some pretty bow or knot, and use them as a knife block. You can store your kitchen and cooking knives in the pages. Not only quirky, but also reuses the books.
Reupholster Chairs: This was a little weekend upcycle project in my own home a few weeks ago.
The table and chairs in our dining area were going on 10 years old, and as you can imagine, a lot of food spills had occurred on the chairs. But the table still looked good.
Purchasing some material and a staple gun, we were able to remove the cushions, cover the old fabric with the new, and next thing you know, new chairs. All for very cheap.
Colander Hanging Baskets: If you go into a charity shop, especially those that seem to specialise in kitchen utensils, you can always find a few colanders hanging about (pun intended). These can be used to be made into hanging baskets for plants.
The beauty of these are that they already have holes in them for water drainage.
You can paint them any colour you want or need and bada boom, bada bing, hanging baskets.
Cabinet Updates: A friend of mine recently updated their bedside cabinets by replacing the knobs on the drawers.
They found these old time porcelain cabinet knobs at a charity shop and used them to replace the worn wooden ones that were on the cabinet. These new handles/knobs, transformed the entire cabinets.
Ladder Hangers: If you can find an old wooden ladder at various antique or junk sales, they can be upcycled into towel racks/hangers, or even used for clothes and scarves to be hung on.
Shutters as a Headboard: Using old shutters as a headboard for a bed is a great way to upcycle the shitters, and add a bit of character to your bedroom.
Old Jumpers into New Mittens: You can take old jumpers and upcycle them into mittens just by copying your hands and sewing the two sides together.
There are hundreds of ways to upcycle items so save you money. You are only limited by your imagination.