Day 83 Upcycle Or Restore

Upcycling is taking something that’s considered waste and repurposing it. The upcycled item often becomes more functional or beautiful than what it previously was.

Upcycle That

Over time, with regular use our furniture and other items can become worn, tired, damaged and fade in colour. It is easy to simply discard the old one and buy a new replacement. But this is a problem for the earth, as it ends up in landfill. There is a solution for this, upcycling and restoring! When we upcycle or restore items, we give new live and purpose to our old stuff. The item may be simply repainted or it can be transformed into something different. Either way, the point is that the item is not discarded but transformed in a way that it can continue to be used.

I like the idea of upcycling and restoring, especially after trying it myself in the past. I was given a wooden kitchen trolley, that someone was throwing away. It had been painted dreadfully with many layers of paint – I noticed blue and purple in there – it was covered in dust and just did not look great. But after a good quantity of a various different paint removers, hours of sanding by hand, a fresh prime, painting and vanishing, I now have a beautiful grey kitchen trolley. I also added push and grip tea towel holders to one side and a hanging kitchen roll holder to the other. I was pretty pleased with the finish and it has inspired me to consider upcycling and restoring other items.

Here is my wooden kitchen trolley during paint removal and after upcycing.

So let us get creative and upcycle some old stuff. Anyone can upcycle, but if you feel you don’t want to or you don’t have the time, give the items away to someone who can. Better it be put to good use, than put in the landfill.

Have a nice day!

Chloé

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