Upcycling is a phrase coined by Cradle to Cradle authors William McDonough and Michael Braungart and involves the process of taking one material (sometimes at the end of it's life) and turning it into something of similar or greater value, in its second life.
Recently I've found some really great sites that have inspired me to get working and try to be a bit more creative.
Sarah Wandering had this great project for turning old drawers into a funky looking side cabinet.
I think it's a great idea - and there are tons of great ideas on upcycling out there.
Over the coming months I'll try and highlight the ones I like. The rest of the time I'll be keeping busy with new projects. I've bought a couple of old pieces of furniture and this weekend I plan on rolling my sleeves up and seeing what I can do.
As with previous projects I'll document the process. Hopefully showing you how easy it is and if it turns out well, how worthwhile it is.
Sometimes it's not just about taking old furniture and turning it into something new. Here's another project from Sarah that involves some 3 dollar rugs from IKEA.
After this weekend I'll start posting pictures from my first big project.