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The Upcycle Revolution: a few great upcycling ideas which will give your home a new lease of life

Written by Richard Francis // Posted on // Found in HomeLife

When you’ve had one of those long days where it’s all gone a little bit wrong, it makes all the difference when you can open the door and flip on the light-switch to a welcoming home that possesses a certain joie de vivre.

Our homes are our very own British castles – they centre us and act as a life anchor of sorts, or conversely, cause us no end of headache, as anybody who has lived in a dive during their younger years knows all too well! Our love for and need of a suitable living space means that we’ll go to great lengths to furnish and decorate our homes, and the way that we often do so tends to reflect ourselves, to some degree – well that’s the aim, at least.

However, as any budding interior designers on a budget who are looking for something a little special will have found to their dismay, actually finding furniture and decor which is in anyway unique or interesting can be pretty hard going. Certainly, you’re not going to find it in your average Ikea-esque furniture warehouse or high street retailer – these are the places which specialise only in the mass-produced, identikit, flat-pack stuff. Granted, if you look off the beaten track there are some wonderful bric-a-brac shops and emporiums which stock lovely old items which are flamboyant and beautiful, but you’ll be hard-pressed to pick-up any such vintage knick-knacks without paying a premium price.

But as is the case with dilemmas and obstacles of any kind, there is a creative solution for those who want to add a touch of magic to their home without breaking the bank.



Upcycling you say?

Quite simply, upcycling furniture is a method of creative reuse. It allows people to reuse and transform tired and unloved old pieces of furniture, or even odd knick knacks and random objects, into great, original repurposed items.

People who have caught the upcycling bug are able to fashion wonderful pieces of furniture which give their home a true feel of originality, and some more enterprising folk have capitalised on the upcycling craze by setting-up their own lucrative upcycle-produced furniture making businesses.

In case you were wondering how the craze started and where it came from, upcycling is connected to our recent love affair with old vintage British culture – aka the clothes and fashion, the swing music, and the style. The 1930’s and 40’s, whilst being an era of film noir glamour and Great British cool, was also a time of thrift! The Great Depression meant that, like now, Brits were forced to be thrifty and resourceful as they went about their day-to-day lives, and upcycling was viewed as a common way of furnishing your home on the tightest of budgets.

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Here are a few easy and nifty upcycling ideas which you could incorporate into your own home.

Make a bookshelf… using a ladder




Corking light shades made from glass bottles






Want to give your garden a fairytale touch? Just add marbles



Turn old classic tennis rackets into mirrors



A globe bowl – the ultimate apparatus for eating ice cream

Globe Bowl

Use a wine bottle, newspaper or decopatch to create an amazing vase



 Upcycle a t-shirt into a casual tote bag

Tee Bags


Your imagination is the limit

The examples we’ve included in this article are but a mere example of the literally countless ways that you can upcycle items into a really great stuff for your home. All it takes is a little imagination, or a quick search on Google for a few upcycling hints and tips.

Why not give it a go yourself and see what you can come up with?

Written by Richard Francis // Posted on // Found in HomeLife

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