Top 3 Easy Upcycling Ideas And Examples For Your Home

If you’re not familiar with the term “Upcycling” and ask yourself “what is upcycling?” then it may help to understand that it is similar to “Recycling” as you can tell from the word.

While London Rubbish Removal are experts in recycling and offer to recycle your unwanted items to make your house clearance much easier, upcycling is a current trend that helps to reduce waste with regards to environmental activism.

Upcycling means to repurpose items in your household that are broken or unused in order to bring them back to life in a new useful way. Upcycled furniture is the most common type of upcycling, but you can also find upcycled clothes ideas and more, which will be highlighted here to give you an idea of the scope of upcycling and to inspire you to live a greener lifestyle.

1. How to upcycle old furniture?

If you think an item of your home office furniture or bathroom furniture has become outdated, or is slightly broken, don’t throw it away! If you’re a little bit into DIY then it is simple to upcycle furniture and create a bespoke piece for little to no cost.

Say you have an old dressing table that is slightly chipped, has a broken leg and really doesn’t suit the style of your room any more. These are the easy steps to upcycle it quickly:

  1. Firstly, use wood filler to fill in any chipped areas, wait for it to dry and sand it down.
  2. Simply search YouTube for the issue with the leg and you’ll know how to revamp that.
  3. Clean down the dressing table with sugar soap first.
  4. Then sand it down to remove any tough bits.
  5. Lastly prime it with a furniture primer and give it two coats of paint with the colour(s) of your choice!
  6. Remove the handles prior to painting and soak them in equal parts vinegar and ketchup to get them looking shiny and new.

This is just one simple example and you can find hundreds more online.  If renovating old furniture is not for you, then you can donate your bulky items to charities like the British Heart Foundation or ask London Rubbish Removal to take care of it for you.

2. How to upcycle clothes?

Got some shirts, trousers or other fabrics lying around? Your old t-shirts are a waste no more, as you can upcycle them into trendy fashion-worthy shirts again by applying makeover techniques. Perfect and affordable is bleach spray, believe it or not.

  1. You can use a stencil with a motif of your choice such as an animal you like or a pattern.
  2. You place it on the front of your shirt/clothing item, wherever you feel it is most suitable.
  3. You then spray the bleach spray over it and let it soak for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the stencil and your new shirt logo is ready to be shown off.

You don’t have to be a fashion designer for upcycling clothes, however, if you’d rather get rid of your old clothes, perhaps if you feel they’re not wearable any longer, pass them onto the London Rubbish Removal team for the best waste management and they will make sure they end up in the right place to be recycled so they’re reused as cloths etc.

3. How to upcycle household items?

Do your bowls, tins or cups look tired and worn? Well, no reason to bin them just yet. You can repurpose them for storage or home decor purposes.

You can make a storage organizer made of upcycled baking tins for example.

  1. Just use each tin separately and decorate them with paint or stickers etc.
  2. Or tier the tins on a recycled metal pipe, which is slightly more complicated as you’ll need to cut holes of the right size in the middle and attach them to the pipe.
  3. Fill them with anything that requires organisation such as tea bags, pens etc.

There may come a time when your household items are unrecoverable and unusable and need to be cleared as household waste. They can then of course be recycled and the London Rubbish Removal team know exactly how to do this and where to take it. So you won’t have to worry about a thing.

Hopefully the above DIY tips for upcycling help you keep your home organised and tidy and you see the benefits of waste removal services in London. For more eco-friendly rubbish removal methods read this guide:

Eco-friendly rubbish removal methods for 2021 | I Do Business

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