Recycling, Upcycling and Repurposing

recycling and upcycling

Is there a little crafty in you? Do you find ways to use what you have for decor?  Are you on pinterest scouring ideas to upcycle, recycle or repurpose furnishings?  I love finding creative uses for what we have!

Upcycling is converting what you have into something wonderful, functional and creative.  The starting point is wanting to reuse or repurpose existing items. From there add a dash of possibility and off you go!

Some items can be repurposed without any effort.  Lots of people are upcycling.

  • Hang wine racks for towel holders in their bathroom.
  • Baby wipe containers are great to hold games, puzzle pieces or cards
  • Repainted tv consoles are great for a landing strip or kids armoire.
  • Use an old armoire for a small office space.

Even if it is a change of paint color to fabulous chalk paint or a robin’s egg blue, upcycling makes our interiors fun!

I love my connections on social media! Here is a roundup of ideas for recycling, upcycling and repurposing furniture from my social media and  Blog Elevated friends. 

One of the most powerful parts of social media are the connections we make!  I asked my social media peeps what helps them get started on their spring organizing and cleaning. – See more at:

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Ashley Hill, The Hill Hangout, The Magic of Chalkpaint

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Photo courtesy of The Clutter Princess

Janice Simon, The Clutter Princess,  A Little Paint, Much More Function

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Photo courtesy of Eat, Pray, Read

Kelli Hays, EatPray{Read}Love, Dresser Do-Over: I Got my Teal!

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Photo courtesy of Untrained Housewife

Angela England, Untrained Housewife,  Repurposed Wall Lantern Terrarium


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Photo courtesy of Ginny G Furniture and More










Ginny G, DreamGinnyG, Repainted armoire


Want more ideas? Check out my pinterest page Recycling and Upcycling.

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8 replies
  1. Janet Barclay
    Janet Barclay says:

    It is amazing what a coat of paint can do to an old piece of furniture! I acquired a chest of drawers which was left behind by the previous owners of my house. It was solid and roomy, but the veneer finish was kaput. I had dark blue paint left over after painting my bathroom, so I splashed on a coat (or two) and now it’s not gorgeous, but it’s fun and functional!

  2. Seana Turner
    Seana Turner says:

    I used to use wipes boxes for all kinds of things. I still have them all over. Seems like today, though, most wipes come in bags instead of boxes. Too bad, because they were a very nice size!

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