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15 Repurposed Planters: Just Add Dirt

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

As spring slowly warms things up around here we’ve got our eyes set on outdoor planting.  Thanks to Re-Nest, we’ve got a whole slew of ideas for what to use for planters without having to hit up Home Depot.  Specifically, we’ve got our eyes on the chair and the tin cans, as we happen to have both on hand.


via 15 Repurposed Planters: Just Add Dirt.

Image via The Seattle Times


Antique China = Pretty Awesome Lamp

March 18, 2011 Leave a comment

From our friends* at Design*Sponge (via Daisies and Pearls) I bring you some re-creation inspiration.  We’ve got a fair number of old china hanging around the upper reaches and far-back crevices of our kitchen cabinets and shelves, but alas they’re heirlooms and boy would I be in trouble if I tried anything like this with them.  That said, I know there are a few antique shops around and maybe even some second hand stores with some castaway china at reasonable-if-not-downright-cheap prices.  And while this certainly looks hard to do, Design*Sponge assures us it’s relatively easy, assuming you have a tile/glass drill bit.

diy project: sarah’s china teaware lamp.

Personally, I think this lamp looks amazing – it’s got a bit of an Alice In Wonderland tea party scene look to it.

* I don’t actually know anyone at Design*Sponge to qualify them friends, but I do enjoy tossing that word around casually so as to associate myself with their fine work.

Creative Reuse: What It’s All About

March 18, 2011 Leave a comment

This post doesn’t quite fit into any of my handy dandy categories, but I had to share this link because Wise Bread does such a good job of explaining (albeit inadvertently) what this site is all about.  So go forth and click:

Why Recycling Is My Lowest Priority.

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Creative Reuse: 5 Ways To Upcycle Wooden Crates

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Apropos of today’s earlier post on wine crates, I thought I’d find some ways to channel that inspiration into practical projects.  Conveniently, the folks at Apartment Therapy have an article in their archives on their five favorite reuses for wooden crates, covering everything from pet feeding stations to storage to shelving:

Five Favorite Re-Uses For Wooden Crates

Personally, I love some of the shelving/storage ideas in there, but they’ll all get consideration next time I find myself with some wood crates.


Reincarnation Inspiration: 1,500 Wine Boxes = Wine Store

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Old wine boxes and food crates are always inspirational to me.  I’ve currently got a couple of old cranberry boxes being used as planters right now but there are a ton of different uses for them.  INHABITAT gives us another with a look at a Swiss wine store made from 1,500 wine boxes.

Perhaps not the most practical project for your weekend upcycler, but certainly inspirational.

via INHABITAT: Pixelated Swiss Wine Store Made from 1,500 Wine Boxes!.

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