At Co-operative Energy, we’re passionate about doing our bit for the environment. One step towards greener living is upcycling, a popular sustainability trend that has taken the world by storm.
Upcycling is repurposing or redesigning wasted materials, giving them another function or improving their previous condition. There’s so much you can do with everyday junk and old pieces of furniture, and by re-using or reinventing, we can really cut down on waste and have a positive effect on climate change.
If you’re stuck for upcycling ideas, don’t worry; we’ve found seven of the best upcycling blogs to follow for inspiration, DIY projects, crafts and furniture makeovers.
Want to start at the beginning? Why not read our blog, how to get started on upcycling?
Knick of Time
Knick of Time’s furniture transformations are truly inspiring, done by Angie, creator of the blog and a self-confessed country girl. At Co-operative Energy, we love Knick of Time’s section dedicated to showcasing the makeovers in Angie’s house, including using music sheets as wallpaper and turning each room gradually into a vintage farmhouse haven. We’ll be following till the end!
My Salvaged Treasures
Betsy from My Salvaged Treasures shows you how to repurpose the most mundane everyday objects, including tin cans and cheese graters, into eye-catching and intricate objects. Betsy loves all things vintage, which is reflected in the pieces she creates – making it a must-follow for those who love traditional home décor.
Beyond the Picket Fence
Beyond the Picket Fence is for the more experienced upcycler, offering tutorials on repurposing salvaged wood and pallets into unique, industrial pieces of furniture. Becky, creator of the blog, has released her own book about crafting with pallets.
My Repurposed Life
If you’re looking to redesign old furniture, My Repurposed Life will give you plenty of inspiration. Run by Gail, My Repurposed Life features a variety of DIY projects to undertake in the home and interesting makeovers that add character to unwanted items.
Rachel, the woman behind Holy Craft, shares her craft tips, recipes and hacks for parents, from laundry tricks to how to make a personalised muslin blanket. We’ve particularly enjoyed the historic mansion makeover project, that Holy Craft is featuring regularly.
Love My Simple Home
Love My Simple Home shows you how to do exactly that, with styling tips, upcycles and delightful recipes written by Julie, who offers ways to turn your house into a home – without spending a fortune.
Sarah from Sadie Seasongoods shares her thrifty finds and ways to add character to items lying around the house. With crafting, upcycling and garden projects, you’re bound to find inspiration to apply inside your home.
All of these fantastic upcyclers are part of the blogging community - #TalkoftheTown – sharing their tips and recent projects with other bloggers.
If you’ve turned an old household object into an inspiring upcycle – just like these bloggers have done – share them with us via Twitter or Facebook!