Sometimes temporary is just what the doctor ordered, but that doesn't mean this line of cardboard furniture from KARTON isn't sturdy and durable. Lightweight? Yes. Easy to assemble? You bet. Poor quality? No such luck.
Everyone loves a good makeover. We love seeing shabby, worn furniture transformed, or an entire room refreshed and brought back to life. So, what's better than a good makeover? One that sticks to the principles of creative reuse and recycling, limits waste, and doesn't costs buckets of money.
This July, we're focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. To kick it off, here's a collection of not-so-awesome things becoming awesome-r other things:
This shabby door
Danny Seo from the craft blog Daily Danny shares this DIY bath mat idea. All you need is a whole bunch of wine corks* and a shadow box/frame. Then, take your corks and arrange them vertically inside the box. No cutting, gluing, sealing, or drilling required. BAM...
Designers are generally smart people. Case in point: the graphic designer office of Oktavilla, which features walls made from recycled magazines. Not some ground up, post-consumer new paneling product, but actual magazines.
Check out these photos:
How cool is this? Coiled newsprint glued onto a canvas. Yeah, that's it. It's maker, Dom, also used a paintbrush to spread the glue, so, in all, only
We've seen a lot of doors turned into headboards around here, but not doors turned into entire beds! Gail shows us every detail in its construction over at My Repurposed Life. Quite the transformation, no??
When I first saw this project, I was instantly in love with the idea of a cork bath mat. I love the natural look, the simplicity, and the comfort factor. I was even more in love with the fact that I could make it myself with only three supplies, and you can too.
Amanda got her doodle on when she was inspired to make confetti glass inspired by Anthropologie's Saturated Speckles Vases. She used bottles and jars
UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
Ok, this week we're giving away a seriously good trash bin/recycling container. Chris reviewed it a couple of months ago, and called it 'brilliant'. It retails for about $180, and from the looks of it, it's worth every penny. Especially when you spend zero pennies, 'cause you get it for free by winning our giveaway. Read on to find out how...
The Fingerprint Proof Rectangular Recycler from...
Matt Shiley uses bicycle parts and various other found objects to make these stools. At $2500 to $3200 a pop, they're not your average
This lamp casts gorgeous light, no? Can you guess what it's made out of?
Okay, okay, this is NOT a new idea. However, the execution--especially in situ--is totally fresh.
I sometimes feel like my bedroom gets the most makeovers in our entire house, and it usually starts with a new headboard. But don't let that old one go curbside; it has another calling in life.
What do you do with your paper cups? It turns out they are not only for holding beverages.
A wooden pallet, much like the one pictured above, was turned into an outdoor swing chair. Clever, no?
Looks like its slats are held (sewn) together with rope. For more details, visit Styleichic.
Does this sound familiar? You're itching to start planting but it's still too cold out. Happens to me every year about this time, which means every year about this time I look for green house how-tos.
First up is Fun in the Making's clever remake of a garage door (pictured above). You can read all about the process here.
Super simple but also a great way to recycle. A jar (or can) rescued from the recycle bin tarted up with leftover embroidered ribbon sewn into a sleeve to fashion a
Perhaps in the whirlwind that is Spring Cleaning, you've encountered some towels that have seen better days. Before you throw them away, consider repurposing them as an eco-chic bath mat!