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Recycling and Upcycling Fabulous Ideas

I am always blown away by the craftiness that so many people have.  The talent, the creativity, the sheer imagination that just comes to life!  Love it!  Just searching the web, I found recycling and upcycling awesome ideas that I just want to share to you.  Easy enough to do if you just put some elbow grease and maybe some sheer motivation on just doing.  LOL.  You will amaze yourself on what you can do.

Table Top with Reclaimed Leather Belts

Table Top with Reclaimed Leather Belts

Luggage Cabinet

Luggage Cabinet

1.  Reclaim leather belts – yup!  You got that right!  Old belts recycled to home decor ideas.

2. Old luggages – make them in a medicine cabinet, storage unit at the foot of your bed, drawers, end table and much more.  Check out The Soho for clever ideas!

 

Wall Mounted Bottle Openers

Wall Mounted Bottle Openers

3. Vintage bottle openers – wall mounted bottle openers placed on scrap hardwoods found from furniture making, cabinet making, home building really anyone who uses wood to build you can find scrap hardwoods.

4. Old liquor bottles like Jack Daniels, Stoli, Grey Goose or Crown Royale.  Make them into soap dispensers.  This is easy!  Check out Remove and Replace.  Great ideas with just what you see around your home.  Seriously clever!

 

Upcycle This! Scrap Hardwoods Repurposed

Scrap hardwoods

Scrap hardwoods

Scrap hardwoods?  Believe it or not, there is a whole sleuth of them out there.  United States still manufactures quite a bit of stuff.  It’s just that they are not mass produced.  Which makes the produce unique, one of kind and well, handcrafted.  A new trend for the past several years is really taking the US by storm and that is to buy handmade and buy USA.

With this much manufacturing, there is bound to be scraps.  For our purpose, let’s discover where to find scrap hardwoods.

1. Kitchen remodeling – still made with 100% hardwoods like cherry, oak, walnut or maple.  Each piece is cut to the right size depending upon the kitchen.

2. House building – some fabricated materials such as  MDF (medium density fiber board – which is cost effective) are used, but you can still find the good stuff out there.

3. Furniture making – US manufacturers are especially anal about using 100% natural woods.

Wall Mounted Bottle Openers

Wall Mounted Bottle Openers

Just these sources alone can keep you busy finding UNUSED scrap hardwoods – UPCYCLING (unused scraps repurposed).  Here are some great ideas on what to do with unused scrap hardwoods.  The list is endless.  These are just a few.

1. Wall mounted bottle openers – the backing makes the opener stand out

2. Cutting boards

3. Bread knives

4. Peppermills

Repurposing An Old Sewing Machine

Non Electric Sewing MachineThese past few months, Bart and I go out and “pick”.  I guess we are “pickers” but just on the weekend.  We do not even claim to know what we are doing when we are out there picking.  Usually, we find people’s junk that they want to throw out and determine if they are our treasures.  And we found just that … a treasure … the old non-electric sewing machine.  All in all, they are not worth much as they are in abundance.  Each garage sale we go to, you can almost always find an old non-electric sewing machine stored away.  Usually have some personal connection to them.  “It’s my grandmother’s sewing machine.”  “I remember when my mom sewed our clothes on this.”  Hence, they are still in storage.  No one wants to throw it away.  But I say, don’t throw away or sell it at a garage sale.  Instead consider repurposing it.  Here’s what Mac Cutting Boards has done.

Refurbished Non Electric Sewing Machine1. Took apart the machine and left the stands.

2. Added our custom made butcher block on top of the machine and secure it.

3. Voila!  It’s a banquet table or a cutting board or a display table.  Whatever you like!  It’s a fabulous idea to repurpose a piece of nostalgic furniture that has sentimental value and reuse it to your convenience.

 

 

 

Another Cool Way to Use Scrap Hardwoods

Repurpose and Upcycle

Repurpose and Upcycle

Repurposing, upcycling and recycling are today’s INs!  Eco-friendly and sustainable are words you will hear a lot too.  Organic and natural … natural … who says that anymore?  LOL.  But of the description above is what I love and what sparks creativity amongst all of us when we see an old item or scrap parts and make it into something really cool.  Here are a few great ideas I came across (thank you Serena Lee from Crafty Creative Gal).

Sunburst Mirror

Sunburst Mirror

1. Sunburst mirror – OMG this looks so good!  Thank you Pepper Design Blog on this fabulous idea.  Take pieces of hardwood planks and make this.  Stain it or leave for the natural color look.  Either way, you will get the “wow” factor when you have guests over.

2. Mail Sorter – made out of used pieces of pallet woods.  Thank you DIY n Crafts for this idea.  Give your room a rustic feel by taking a pallet, break it down and build a functional item.  I love this idea!

There are tons more ideas out there.  Don’t be afraid to seek them out!  Having trouble finding scrap hardwoods?  Check out my previous blog posts on that “Eliminating the Idea of Wasting Scrap Hardwoods“.  You’ll be amaze how easy it is to find them.  Happy DIY!

Refresh Your Kitchen Space with a Custom Made Cutting Board

Custom Made Cutting Board

Custom Made Cutting Board

Feeling like your kitchen needs a facelift but can’t afford a full remodel?  No fret!  You can definitely start sprucing up your kitchen with just a few quick and easy fixes that would bring your kitchen back to life.  Here’s a few suggestions:

1. Start with color schemes.  Have a light color paint for the walls … something neutral that way if you want to change your kitchen a bit later in the future, it would be easy to do that.

Mason Jar Love

Mason Jar Love

2. Mason jars – get a few mason jars as your storage jars and replace the old storage containers.  Buy chalkboard stickers bring your creativity to life with your writing.  Check out Mason Jar Crafts for more fabulous ideas!  This website is awesome!!

3. Get a wooden cutting board.  Find one that is unique, multi-color (not stained but the natural colors) and all hardwoods.  Don’t stop there, personalized by engraving what you want to say about your kitchen.

DIY Kitchen Towels

DIY Kitchen Towels

4. Buy kitchen towels that go with your color theme or style.  The little things really bring out your sense of style and decor.  Check out The Country Chic Cottage.  Super cute idea on DIY kitchen towels.

5. Talk your old cutting board and make it into a chalkboard.  Prop it up for display.  Make sure your write something fresh on it everyday.  Gives your kitchen character.  Check out Family Chic on a great tutorial.

How to Make a Wooden Cutting Board

IMG_3675Making a wooden cutting board is easier than you think.  The hard part is having the tools and knowing how to use them.  So if you are a fabulous learner and want to know how to make your very own wooden cutting board, check out this blog tutorial.

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

1. First, select the woods you want to use.  I recommend hardwoods such as walnut, maple, mahogany, cherry and so on.  Please refer to our list of hardwoods that are available.

2. Next use a compound miter saw to cut your hardwoods into strips.  Preferably 1″ thick.  Cut as many pieces you like based on how big you want your cutting board to be.  Think of length and the width of your board.

The making of our wood cutting boards

The making of our wood cutting boards

3. Next glue your strips together.  Use a wood glue that is FDA approved.  We use Tite Bond III Premium wood glue.  It’s a bit more expensive but the quality of the glue is so important especially when you are making a wooden cutting board.  Use high pressure clamps to glue the strips of woods together.  Wipe off any excess glue with a cotton cloth that may have seep out in between the wood strips – front, back and sides.   Let it dry for 24 hours (we recommend).

Wood Cutting Boards

Wood Cutting Boards

4. Next, use a chisel to chisel away any dried excess glue to smooth out the surface.  You will need a bench planer to further smooth out the rough edges of the woods once glued together.  This is an important step before you begin to sand.  Planing your board before sanding means less sanding you have to do.  Use the table saw again to cut out the edges of the board to even it out based on your original measurements you want your cutting board to be.

Drum Sander

Drum Sander

5.  Now you are ready to sand!  A drum sander is always ideal in to make the process of sanding a lot faster, however, if you are just making this board for yourself, hand sanding it will do just fine.  Sand your board until it is smooth.  This requires patience.  However, it is your own personal cutting board.  Sand it down until you are satisfied with it.

Round off the edges to make it a smoother finished look.

6. Last step, apply mineral oil generously.  Let it dry with the oil on top overnight.  You’ll be amazed how much the wood would soak up the oil when it needs it.  We use Howard’s Mineral oil.

DIY Wood Projects on Clever Ways to Store Your Wine

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

I just love DIY wood projects especially if you are repurposing and upcycling.  This blog is about how to take wood and make it into a clever way to store your favorite wines.  Here are a few of my favorites I found on the internet.

1. Wine Pallet Rack – oh how I love the rustic look!  What better way to get that shabby chic, vintage feel than to get some old pieces of pallet wood and make your very own wine rack.  Check out The Kurtz Corner.  Their blog has a great tutorial.  Step by step instructions on how to build one.

Homed It

Homed It

2. Bottle holder – easy enough!  Check out Homed It and the various different ways they took old pallet old and made it into wine storage.  Clever clever clever!  They have a ceiling hanging bottle holder, a half pallet made into wine storage to an absolute full wall and many more.

3. A wine bar complete with chairs and wine storage.  Don’t believe me?  Check out The Poor Sophisticate.  Here you’ll see full pallets turned into tables with wine storage directly underneath it with matching pallet stools.  Genius!

Here’s a few tips on how to decide:

  1.  Keep your eye on the ball.  Focus on what you want and where you’re going to put it.  It’s important so you don’t deviate from the original plan.
  2.  Draw it out.  Picture it in your mind and on paper.  It will make your life a lot easier!

 

 

Consider Repurposing, Recycling and Functional

Great subject matter!  Repurposing and recycling old and used pieces and parts and make it into something functional either decorative or a tool to use around the house.  Sometimes coming up with ideas make it challenging.  First, look around your home.  I bet you can find pieces that you haven’t used in a long time, tucked away in a closet, garage or attic waiting for it to be revived again.  Here’s some ideas I found that are pretty simple and easy to repurpose your old stuff and make it into new stuff.

Rustic Name Picture Frames

Rustic Name Picture Frames

Utensil Key Rack

Utensil Key Rack

1. Name picture frames.  I found this idea from the Upcycling Community in Facebook.  Great resource for fabulous ideas!  Take your old picture frames and spell you first or last name out.  Take fancy duct tape or wasabi tape for the background and add the 3D letters that from Joann’s or Beverly’s.  Hang it on the wall.  Voila!  Shabby chic art!

2. Utensil Key Rack.  Seriously.  Don’t you have utensils laying around that doesn’t belong to a set anymore?  Don’t throw them away or sale them off at a garage sale.  Take the ones you think are funky and cool and flatten them out.  Nail them to a piece of wood and hang it in your kitchen or foyer.  Great way to organize your keys.  You won’t say “where are my keys?” anymore.

Musical Instruments Made From Recycled Parts

Guitar Cutting Board

Guitar Cutting Board

Music is the common language that we all can understand.  We just feel the rhythm and we just know what everyone is talking about it.  As you know, I love repurposing and recycling old materials or upcycling factory scraps.  I found this great blog on musical instruments that can be made from Making Multicultural Music.  I am alway amazed of the talent this is out there when it comes to repurposing.  Truly mind blowing.

Here’s a few ideas from articles and blogs I’ve found.

Ford Focus Parts

Ford Focus Parts

1. From car parts.  Who knew right?  Well, the Ford Focus provided great parts for this band of musicians.  21 parts from this car made a door harp, clutch guitar and fender bass.

2. A computer keyboard made into a musical keyboard.  There are literally tons and tons of these thrown away computer parts.  What a great way to repurpose.  I found this from a blog called Repurposing E-Waste into E-Learning.

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

3. Scrap soft words such as spruce or pine or really any wood and make it into a string instrument such as a violin or a guitar.  This article called Recycle Orchestra.  “The idea of repurposing materials that are part of your everyday culture has been something that a lot of cultures have done for thousands of years,” Piper explained.

 

 

 

Home DIY Craft Projects You Can Do with Woods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

I just love woods!  Any project you can do to create the atmosphere of the “woodsy” feeling is awesome!  It is especially fabulous if you can repurpose, upcycle and recycle woods that are out there and make it into something even more fabulous or functional or decorative.  Here’s a few ideas on home DIY (do it yourself) craft projects you can do with woods.  Any types of woods really – hard or soft woods.  Depends on the project.

 

Giant Scrabble Tiles

Giant Scrabble Tiles

  1. Giant Scrabble Tile – I just love this!  You can take new or old woods and create this “Scrabble” tile feeling and put up it on your wall.  Check out Something Turquoise‘s tutorial.  You can use any lighter color woods and lighter in weight such as Mahogany for easy hanging.
  2. Wood pallet projects – my fav!!!  Check out this blog from DIY Home World.  It will blow your mind on how many ideas on what you can do with old and new wooden pallets.
  3. Coat Racks

    Coat Racks

    Coat racks!  Why not?  Take old pieces of wood with character and color then pair it up with old door stoppers, old drawer knobs, door knobs, building bolts and hooks … really anything you can find that will hang what you want to hang.  Guarantee not only will you come up with a cool coat rack, but it will look vintage, rustic and shabby chic!  Check out UR Coat Racks for ideas.