Repurposing furniture or “Upcycling” furniture is a lot of fun. Unfortunately it is darn cold here and snowing. So, our work area is not conducive to re-dos right now. So, I have been browsing the internet coming up with inspiration for future projects. Let me just say there are a lot of very creative and talented people out there!
There does seem to be a bit of confusion between the terms “repurposed” and “upcycling”. Let’s get that straight first.
What does “Repurposed” mean?
Repurposed — according to the Mirriam Webster dictionary, repurposed means: to give a new purpose or use to.
So, using an older item for a purpose it was not intended is repurposing.
What does “Upcycle” mean?
If you look at Wikipedia, upcycle first came into use in the mid 1990’s. It’s meaning was listed as: the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.
Today, some 15 years later, it’s meaning has evolved a bit more. No longer does upcycling mean the value of the item has to be “higher”, though it still can. It simply refers to reusing old items to create new items. Whether it is an old barn door turned into a headboard (repurposed upcycling) or purchasing thrift store picture frames instead of buying new (same purpose for an older item).
The two terms are often times used interchangeably. Repurposed items are almost always upcycled, however, not all upcycling involves repurposing.
Clear as mud, right?
Bottom line is it’s all eco friendly! That’s good for everybody!
Examples of Upcycled and/or Repurposed Furniture
Anyway, here are a few upcycled and/or repurposed pieces of furniture I have run across recently. If you click the image, you will be taken to the original poster.
Dodie took an old door and an old cabinet and repurposed them into this awesome hall tree, complete with chalkboard. I love her creativity.
This gorgeous display cabinet is fashioned from old windows. What a great place to display your treasures!
I love vintage suitcases and Red Hen Home did a fantastic job of making shelves out of them. This is definitely on my to-do list!
This one is amazing! This used to be an old entertainment center — you know the ones from the 80’s and 90’s? Erin of Sutton Grace totally transformed it into a play kitchen for her daughter’s birthday. Such vision she has! Click the image to visit Erin’s log of this adventure.
Well, that’s it for today! Have you become inspired? I have!
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