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Upcycled: What's Old is New Again
I love the thought of taking something that would normally end up in the trash (or at a second-hand shop) and making it brand new again. Not only is it a more environmentally friendly policy, but it's also easier on the budget (two things I can certainly get on board with). Here I have made a collection of some of my favorite upcycled projects from around the web. There is a variety of skill level and time involved represented here, but one thing is for sure - the end result of all these projects are pieces that are unique, budget friendly, and incredibly good looking (no trash here!)
Can you believe these were pasta sauce cans? I love the pop of color this simple, inexpensive DIY project adds to the garden.
You know all those annoying boxes you get when you buy electronics? Here's a great way to repurpose something that would normally end up in the trash. Beautiful and Functional! http://www.relevedesign.com/how-to-reduce-cable-eyesores-and-wasted-packaging-at-the-same-time/
The end result of this DIY coffee table ottoman is stunning. It looks like it was purchased from a high-end shop! http://newlywedmcgees.blogspot.com/2012/08/diy-upholstered-ottoman.html
There are endless upcycle uses for pallets on the web. This, in my opinion, is one of the better looking, and most versatile ones - It would look great indoors or out. I personally would make the legs shorter on this, but that's the great thing about DIY - its customizable! http://scraphacker.com/diy-sofa/
To get a built-in cabinet look, this project takes a bit of effort; but you can't beat the price. For under $400 these upcycled Ikea Billy bookcases look amazing. http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2011/11/from-billys-to-built-ins/
Another great pallet project - a day bed on wheels. I love the rustic feel with the girly DIY ceiling fixture and eclectic picture collage. http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2009/06/29/diy-pallet-reading-bed-for-the-nursery/
Yet another "Ikea Hack"! I love the simple elegance of this desk (that used to be a plain jane able). http://matsutakeblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/before-and-after-ikea-table-becomes.html
This could be my favorite project of all - What do you get when you take a 1970's fridge, glue on some beadboard and add barn hinges? The fabulous cottage-y fridge shown in this picture. I recently read that the stainless steel fad is FINALLY over, and after seeing this amazing DIY project fridge, I couldn't agree more. http://theoldpaintedcottage.com/pages/Kitchen.htm
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