By Marie Chan, CID, ASID, GREEN AP
In our throw-away culture where most things are designed for obsolescence, I see a resurging interest in repurposing our cherished possessions to give them a new lease in life. Call it counter-materialism, or just being green, people across the spectrum are looking for creative ideas to upcycle household goods that will otherwise be hauled to the landfill. As a testament to this trend, my Pinterest board upCycle. rePurpose. reDesign remains one of my most pinned sites.
I enjoy the challenge of transforming Trash to Treasures, helping clients preserve precious memories by creating furnishings and accessories from clothings, sports equipment or musical instruments of family members. It’s a unique way to bridge the past and celebrate the lives as well as passions of their loved ones. The following are some ideas for upcycling common household goods.
What to do with all the cardigans and sweaters mothballed in the closet? They can be reclaimed into decorative pillows to complement your décor. Cashmere makes a luxe statement but any soft wool will do.
The elaborate cast iron bases of antique sewing machines are a wonderful throwback into another era. This model is salvaged and turned into a lovely hallway console table. Vintage treadle bases can be repurposed into table supports, vanity stands, quilt holders or even drafting tables!
Remember granny’s beautiful old linens? They can be remade into pillowcases that will add a touch of class to any bed. This is a great way to salvage lace tablecloths that are slightly stained or torn but otherwise in good condition.
For the active set who likes the rough and tumble sport of skateboarding, retired skate boards can be upcycled into a cool looking stool.
At a loss of what to do with your loved ones’ extensive tie collection? Remaking the ties into a pillow is another way to preserve their memory in a visual context.
Is tennis a family sport? Here’s a stylish stool that makes good use of the cans of tennis balls lurking in the closet!
Here’s something to wrap up the blog with a bang – a drum kit recycled into a chandelier. Both functional and visually arresting, it’s definitely a unique way to honor someone’s favorite pastime!