5 'recycled chic' projects anyone can try
3 Aug 2014 9:04 PM
Posted by Lara Robinson - HH contributor
If a change is as good as a holiday, then transforming a few of your household items into something completely different might be your great escape. Making a change needn’t cost a fortune; everyday items can be easily transformed into something you will be proud to show off. To find your happy place at home, why not try your hand at these ‘upcycle’ projects.
Repurpose old photo frames as English tea trays (as above)
Take an old, large frame. Paint or distress to suit. Either leave it as it is for a rustic effect or replace the glass and put an image or patterned paper under the glass. You can also add old drawer handles on the sides for a vintage tea tray look.
Transform that old unwanted chest into a shabby chic display table or wall display
Display table: paint the chest in white or a pastel colour and sand lightly once dry for a distressed look. Theses tables are ideal for use to serve afternoon tea on or as small coffee tables.
Wall displays: secure the chest to the wall and leave the lid open to fill with books, flower arrangements and ornaments.
Make light fixtures out of old vases, mugs, bottles and bowls
A simple light cord and bulb fixture can be bought at Bunnings. Select the vase, mug, bottle or bowls you want to use. Use a power tool to cut a hole in the base of your cup or bowl. Thread light cord through and screw on bulb fixture. To use a bottle, simply place a bulb of suitable wattage through its neck and secure.
Recycle old mismatched silver-plated cutlery
Cutlery can be transformed into wall hooks or cabinet handles. You can screw spoons to a piece of wood to make recycled clothes hooks as above. Or, alternatively, bend the middle of a fork or spoon into an arc and use to make cabinet handles.
Create beautiful candlesticks or tea light holders out of bed parts or old tins and buckets
Remove a section of an old bed leg. Cut to the size required and hollow out the top to create a space capable of holding a candle. Then sand and paint. To make cute vintage candle holders, take a metal tin or bucket and paint with heat-resistant paint, before placing a candle or tea light into it. This also works with larger candles, which then melt and fill up the tin with wax.