The Insider: How to upcycle (without much effort)
Sunday 28 August 2011
The downsides of a consumerist society have been writ large of late, so the joy of revamping, rather than chucking out, old homewares feels particularly proper right now. Besides, it's gained a hip moniker and everything. But don't let that put you off (plus you can always cheat).
At last! Super-creative style blogger Grace Bonney is publishing a book – Design Sponge at Home (£20, Artisan, out 6 September). Hit the DIY projects section, where tips include lining old wooden wine crates with wallpaper and fixing to the wall as box shelves.
Off the wall
Turn stray old bricks into planters for succulents (above). Readymade.com/projects has this and heaps more unintimidating ideas.
For "unloved" old china that's been given a new lease of life, re-fired with new and vintage images, check out melodyrose.co.uk.
Revamp a lamp, suggests Lucie Rice, deputy editor of chic craft magazine molliemakes.co.uk: strip off the shade and replace with wire strings, threaded with old buttons. Another tip: "Use patterned paper, patchwork-style (with double-sided adhesive sheets), to brighten a cabinet."
For a fixed price (starting at £95), myjunk4u.com spruces up one of your own bits of furniture.
Design for life
Eco and luxe? Oh yes. The man behind Mulberry has launched The Upcycled Furniture Collection at Selfridges, reusing steel, reclaimed wood and sheepskin.
For feel-good children's bedding, oldthreads.com recycles 600 thread-count first-class airline duvet covers into stunning, 1950s-inspired toddler quilts. A memorable gift.
Find Kate's blog on affordable interiors at yourhomeislovely.com
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