Upcycle your home: DIY projects to make old household items new again
When packing to move into new homes, many people realise a lot of their household items have past their ‘use by’ date. Instead of kicking them to the curb, why not get busy with a bit of upcycling?
Upcycling is a hot new trend in DIY projects that involves converting old products into something new. All it takes is a little imagination and you can turn your beloved old family furniture into eye-catching pieces that will add plenty of character to your new home.
Here are our top 5 DIY projects popular with families in Perth.
BEFORE: Washing machine tub
Back in the day, washing machines featured sturdy stainless steel tubs. If yours has finally bitten the dust, be sure to take out the tub before heading to the tip.
AFTER: Fire pit
Turned upside down and mounted to a stand, an old washing machine tub can be converted into a shimmering, industrial-feel outdoor fire pit (the holes work a treat for fire ventilation).
BEFORE: Veranda post
Ornate timber veranda posts were popular back in the early to mid 1900s. If you’ve taken yours down when renovating your home to get it ready for sale, don’t throw them out!
AFTER: Coat rack
Hang onto those posts – sanded back, freshly painted and inserted with hooks, they make fantastic coat racks.
BEFORE: Old cabinet
Curbside collections all over Perth are littered with old, antique style cabinets that are no longer loved.
AFTER: Bathroom vanity
If your cabinet is salvageable, why not repurpose it as an antique bathroom vanity? The basin could slot beautifully into the top, adding some vintage charm and quirky storage space for next to nothing.
BEFORE: Wine bottle
Liquor bottles are usually thrown straight into the yellow lid bin. Instead of recycling yours, why not upcycle one yourself into something unique?
AFTER: Table lamp
Turning bottles into lighting is one of the most popular upcycling DIY projects – all you need is some wiring, glue and a large vintage bottle.
BEFORE: Old home entertainment centre
With the introduction of wide, wall mounted flat screen TVs, the once prevalent timber entertainment unit (used to house TVs, stereos, DVD players etc.) is now finding itself homeless.
AFTER: Play centre
Give yours the gift of a new life by repurposing it as a faux cooking space for the kids. Paint it a bright colour, and use the TV recess as the central cooking zone, complete with replica kids’ sink and stove.
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