This is the first post of a series providing tips and ideas about Upcycling. I thought it would be useful to start from the basics! 

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless productsinto new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process. Downcycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material. 


Upcycling is a great way to reuse materials and reduce our footprint. 

branch votive holder center piece
How do you upcycle?  
– RESCUE: search, browse and find pre-loved, used & old fashioned materials and pieces  .. they are all good! 
The best sources are at home, visiting flea markets (preferably in the country side, London markets know what you are after ..), eBay, second hand free websites and the skip next door. 
– REPAIR: in most cases you may need to “fix” some parts of your piece, you can use some basic upcycling techniques using glue, sand paper, a sewing machine if you are repairing fabrics or chalk paint. For wood and metal, you will need proper tools & safety pieces and some skills. 
– REUSE: find a new use to it. You don’t need to use it with the same purpose it was created .. be creative! 

Debra Hall Lifestyle: Back from Remnants of the Past...A little of this and that to post

** Please check out Debra Hall’s blog and website as she is the queen of super stylish junk!  

How do you spot an opportunity? 

– DO: start small, with things that you have at home: wooden boxes, glass jars, shelves, garden pots. 
– DON’T: buy expensive things. Most things will come to you for free. That is the beauty of upcycling, the reward you get by transforming something unwanted into a beautiful & useful piece. 
– DO: think business. If you are a “buy – upcycle – sell” person, add up the cost of the old piece, the time you are going to invest (pick up, transport, fixing and upcycling), plus the materials (fabrics, paint, tools, etc). If the total amount is a number that you wouldn’t look at, don’t do it.
– DON’T: decide how to going to upcycle or use it straight away. Leave it around for a few days, place it in different areas of your house, try things that you wouldn’t have thought before. 
– DO: be creative, try different techniques. And be safe. 
6 things you can upcycle now
DIY Egg Carton Flower Lights
Egg Carton flower lights by Norske Interior
Zo handig om stekjes in te kweken!!!
Milk plastic bottles home garden by Welke nl
pretty painted bottles
Painted glass bottles by Victoria Noakes
Summer Blue Inspiring Relaxing Effortlessly Chic
Wooden crate seen at Bodie and Fou
recycled tuna can candle holders
Love love love these cushions.Made from recycled burlap coffee sacks ~ Like this look a lot! ~ www.cowgirlblondie.com
Cushions made from recycled fabrics seen at Eat Drink Chick
Don’t forget that we run regular Upcycling classes,  you can book your place here. If you have a piece at home and don’t know how to start, come to see us or send a photo and we will try to help!
We are also stockists of Autentico Chalk Paint in SW11 and we are selling a wide range of  paint colours, wax, decoupage glue, glaze and other decorative technique supplies. We also run regular classes to learn how to use Autentico Chalk Paint as well as how to distress and obtain different modern finishes.  You can book your place here. 
Are you going to upcycle something? is there something you have in mind? Let us know, we will be happy to hear about your project, any challenges and any photos too!
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