Loosely based on my Pinterest board upCycle. rePurpose. reDesign, here are twelve innovative ideas that transform salvaged materials into beautiful objects on either a personal or commercial scale. I hope this will inspire you to find new ways to give old discards a second life and keep them out of landfills. What’s your fav? I’d love to hear from you!
If cats have 9 lives, then Macs have at least 2 – dead Macs can be repurposed into fashionable cat beds. There’s enough room for small pets to chill comfortably and the translucent sides add panache.
Jerry cans were invented by the Germans during World War II to carry fuel. The enterprising company Danish Fuel transformed these old relics by refinishing them with new powder coat colors and adding wood shelves for drinks and bar ware. Very clever indeed!
Not ready to consign your favorite sports car to the junk yard? Try recycling it into a bar counter. This will definitely be a hot pit stop during Happy Hour!
Working to reduce the tons of skateboards going to landfill, Art of Board recycles broken skateboards to create tiles for commercial and residential interiors. They are available in rectangular and square formats.
Create furnishings that are more meaningful and personal to clients by repurposing their own materials or mementoes into decorative pillows and you’ll gain an appreciative friend. Here’s another example of using custom pillows to preserve a family’s history.
Although I can’t sew straight, I’ve always been fascinated by sewing machines, first as a well embellished symbol of the Industrial Revolution and then as a rich source for upcycling into contemporary furnishings. The raw urban look of this dining nook says it all!
Love this nifty idea – find old fencing that was chewed up by horses and repurpose it as baseboard for a perfect Wild West look. But of course, Step #1 is to get a horse, then plop it in my postage stamp sized yard so it can start chewing on my fences…
Looks like someone had field day in a junk yard! This shows furniture can be recycled from the most unlikely material if you think outside the box!
This does not look like the most comfortable of club chairs as the arms are affected by book height and arrangement, but for book lovers this is perfect antidote to the ebook culture.
A wonderful way to reuse the plethora of pipes, elbows and fittings after a plumbing project. Given the hollow nature of the pipes, I’m surprised there aren’t more creative plumbing inspired lighting fixtures around.
Salvaged doors are usually pretty beaten up, but if you’re after a shabby chic look, it will entail a minimal amount of work for the doors to fit right in!
Time to teach your old tires new tricks – homely tires are transformed into eye catching champagne buckets on casters. With capacity to chill 6 or 7 bottles at a time, Let the Party Begin!