Are you tired of staring at the same objects in your living room all the time and already the walls are closing in on you? We’ve all been sitting at home for a long time and we’re still not sure when the end will come. For many people, changes in the interior give a sense of calm and new energy. At the beginning of the outbreak, we went to the hardware store and Ikea en masse, but now more and more people are staying sensibly indoors or have to start watching their money. A very cheap, easy and mainly sustainable way to give your interior a makeover is to upcycle your old stuff!
But what is upcycling?
In short: the process of renewing old items. There are many ways to do this. You can make it a big project with complicated techniques, or it can be super easy with a quick result. For example, building a sofa from worn pallets is a way of upcycling, but so is applying a lick of paint to a discarded vase. You can make it as difficult or easy as you like. It is of course a lot cheaper to pimp your current possessions than to buy something new. It is also very sustainable to make something new out of something you would normally throw away. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Dutch produce 494 kg of waste per person per year. 40% of this is not handed in separately, which means it often has to be burned, resulting in huge CO2 emissions. So it’s always a good idea to pay attention to how much you throw away. This blog post will give you some tips on how to give your old junk a new life.
Pimp your junk
Think your TV cabinet that you’ve had for a few years or your coffee table are getting boring? No problem, with some paint and tape you can go a long way. A geometric pattern, for example, is very stylish and easy to create yourself. Tape off the surfaces you don’t want coloured and go over them with a nice colour of paint, so you don’t have to worry about going outside the lines. And how satisfying is it to pull the tape off and see perfect straight lines emerge? You can, of course, apply this technique to anything you like. It is also a very nice effect to give the top of a wooden chair a bright colour. Not a fan of the geometric trend? We also have a lot of templates on the site for you to choose from. If you don’t feel like crafting, check out I am recycled. Lamps made from old cans, clocks made from old beer casks, a bluetooth speaker made from a suitcase and much more. The unique lighting and furniture are inspired by residual and sustainable materials, as you can see in the pictures.
Besides pimping your old furniture, it is also fun to turn the things you would normally throw away into nice decorations. Did you know, for example, that you can make an organizer out of old toilet rolls for pens or brushes? Paint the rolls in a colour that you like or give free rein to your creativity with markers and fineliners. Put the rolls in a box next to each other and fill them with your favourite items. You can also do a lot with old pots and tins. Make a tea-light holder from an old jam jar, for example. Stick circles or other shapes on the jar and paint over it. Remove the stickers and look at the beautiful effect of the candlelight shining through. If you are a bit handy with drawing, it is also fun to make a nice design with a marker that can be used on glass. Do you have green fingers? Make a flower pot out of an old tin, you can also use paint or a marker for this.
So you see, the options are endless. You can do so much with a pot of paint, some tape, a stencil and a marker. Whether you do it alone or with your family, whether you make something for yourself or for someone else. It is very important in this day and age to find an outlet for the boredom that we all experience. Being creative can be a great help. Hopefully you have found some inspiration to reduce your waste and of course to renew your environment a little. This will make it a little easier to keep the lockdown going for a while.