I am so excited to share this week’s upcycle challenge with you. The projects are INCREDIBLE. The challengers have really outdone themselves today!
Let’s just jump right in shall we?
Upcycle Challenge Projects
Project #1 Child’s Desk from Candlesticks and Cupboard Door
I am going to be honest everyone, this week was much more challenging than I expected it to be! I went through about 345 ideas, before I came up with this one and evidently the 346th time is the charm! I love the way this little table for my daughter’s room came out! My preschooler has been becoming more and more interested in drawing and writing and she just didn’t have a great place to do this in her room, which is when the idea to solve the problem with this week’s craft theme came into play!
I had previously upcycled this cupboard door into another craft and it had ‘done it’s time’ in that position and was ready for another promotion. I was also given these four candlesticks from a friend of mine who knew I love random odds and ends. I have had these for a couple months and had not figured out a great use for them yet. I happened to be holding them while walking through the room where the cupboard door had been living and the light bulb went off! From there it was a new color treatment for both and some E600 that gave my daughter a great little table that she loves!
This project came out to be the perfect height for a little one to sit or stand at and my daughter has been spending loads of time in her room creating and writing. The best part of this project is I found most of the stuff on hand and only went out to make one purchase that was under $5 to finish it off! Those are the best kind of projects! Affordable, useful and repurposing items from around the house to solve a problem!
Project #2 Upcycled Dining Table
I was really excited for the upcycle challenge this week. I have been in need of a new dining table (mine is cheap, it is bubbling up from water damage). I found this adorable table at a garage sale and scored it for $40! Solid wood with a leaf, what a steal. I have these awesome place mats that inspired me to upcycle this table.
Can you believe the difference? I love the variety of colors and the life it brings to the table. It will brighten up my dining room. I wanted to give the dining table new life with the white and black matching my place mat inspiration.
I love that adding the lighter colored paint to the chairs really highlights the carving detail (which are fabulous). I adore the claw feet. I think it reminds me of a bathtub with claw feet. It feels vintage and expensive. I hope you love it just as much as I do and thanks for voting!
Project #3 Old Door to Coffee Table
I’ve had this partial old wood door and some old bed posts just hanging around and have been thinking they would make a great coffee table. So, this week’s challenge was the perfect opportunity to put it together.
I cut around the edges of the door to create an equal sized frame on all sides. I also cut the bedposts in half creating the four legs. Using 1″x4″s I created a frame under the door to add sturdiness and to hold the legs in place.
I painted the edges of the door and the 1″x4″s but couldn’t bring myself to sand or paint the legs and door. I love the chippy paint and the vintage look.
Ta-da! What do you think?
Project #4 Goodwill find Turned Glamour Girl Dresser (Dresser Upcycle)
Yeah!! Made it to round two! This is so exciting!! So… a few years ago I found this beauty at the Good Will for $20. I needed it for my daughter’s room and finally got around to “prettying” it up! (If that’s a word) Here is how I did it…..
First I painted the whole dresser with Annie Sloan Old White except for the drawer fronts. I painted those with Annie Sloan Duck Egg then painted over that with Old White. After it was dry I distressed the drawer fronts. Then I painted the door fronts with a hot pink from my daughter’s room remodel. After the pink was dry I applied a cool vinyl stencil from the House of Smith’s vinyl shop. To put some finishing touches on I primed, spray painted then distressed the hardware and lined the drawers with fabric and wrapping paper using spray adhesive.
Then wallah she was finished… my daughter is a total hoarder so I picked this dresser because it had lots of “storage” for all her treasures!!! She loves it…. Hopefully you will love it enough to vote for me!!!!
Project #5 Bathtub to Outdoor Sofa
When I found out the theme for this week was Upcycle, I knew exactly what I wanted to create for my project. How I was going to do it was another question entirely…and in only one week…Yikes!
Years ago, this bathtub was destined for the dump. Thankfully I rescued it…knowing one day I would have the perfect project for it! Why not turn an old cast iron bathtub into a Relaxing Outdoor Sofa?!
With a little help from the Hubby, I was able to remove the side of the bathtub, give it a good cleaning to remove the layers it had accumulated over the years, freshen it up with paint and sew a few cozy outdoor cushions for a lively new look. Honestly, after finishing this project, all I want to do is prop my feet up and take a nap on my new Outdoor Sofa. Hope you Love it as much as I do!
Project #6 Mid-Century Modern Dresser Update
Alright… Made it to week two! Excuse my little dance party #dancepartyaction. This week we’re on “Upcycle” which happens to be my favorite craft theme all around. I love repurposing and refinish old furniture/ old scraps… stuff found at the thrift store. Mostly because it’s WAY cheaper, and I’m not a millionaire. I’ve been scouring craigslist in my area for a while now and a few months ago I came across this really cool Midcentury Modern dresser (which is ALL the rage right now) for $100. Knowing I wanted to refinish it (darker stain) and what that was going to cost me, I threw it on the back burner and saved a copy of the listing to go back to.
Side-note: Did you know that if you click the little star next to the listing on craigslist, the site will “save” listings for you?! Talk about the observation of the century… “it’s changed my life”. Well, kinda.
True to form I was cleaning out my inbox a few months later and happened to click the link to see if it was still around. Surprisingly it was still listed, AND it dropped to $50. A MUCH BETTER price. I emailed the seller right away and went to pick it up that week. When I got it though, I realized that the listing didn’t show all the wear and tear this dresser was really hiding, and that just a light sanding and staining wasn’t going to cover up the huge scratches and marker stains. Onto Plan B: Patch and paint the outside of the dresser then sand and refinish/ stain the drawers.
I’m overwhelming in-love with the dresser and how it turned out. It’s completely my style- which is often hard to define. I love that the drawers have two different wood types on the front with the face and the handles which made a cool unexpected contrast after stained (with the SAME STAIN!!). Mind you this thing was a BEAST to refinish. Sanding took weeks, and several coats of stain blocker paint & coats of white. I fixed up the original hardware too. Totally worth the work though. Check out the before and after! What a difference.
Project #7 Crochet and Buttons Upcycle
Here we are for week 2 of SYTYC. I am so happy I’m still on the contest.
This week’s theme is Upcycle. For this purpose I have put together some frames for my living room, something I already had in mind to do for a while. I wanted it to be simple and delicate, and to give some live to the hall.
I have used some crochet doilies and buttons I had around to make three frames. The crochet doilies were sewed to a black background. The heart shaped frame was done by putting together several buttons with different sizes, shapes and colors. For this, the background was done with a grey stripped poster paper.
After putting together all the frames it was time to put them on the hall. Together with my husband we chose to put them on the living room TV hall, as you can see in the picture. I have put the two smaller ones on top of each other and the bigger one on the side in order to get some balance.
It really lights up the living room and we are happy with the result. Hope you like it too.
Project #8 Upcycled Beach Bag From Thrift Store Skirt
It seems like fall is coming quick, kids are back in school, Halloween stuff is making it’s way into stores, but I am soaking up these last few weeks of summer (and 90 + degree heat!) with my new beach bag.
I picked up this skirt at the thrift store for $2. As soon as I saw it hanging on the rack I thought it would make a great bag. I like the pink stripe and the fabric is thicker than you find on most skirts so it should be pretty durable. Once I got it home, I started taking out all those box pleats and ended up with quite a bit of fabric, probably around 1 ½ yards. I picked up some grommets from the home decor section of my local craft store and 5’ of rope from the hardware store and made this bag, all for under $10.
I love how it turned out! The bag is huge and opens really wide, but when you pick it up the rope cinches the top a bit which helps keep everything inside. I added a pocket to the front for easy access to my sunglasses, keys, and cell phone and closed it up with a cute wooden button I had on hand. I hope you all like this bag as much as I do!
Project #9 Ruffled Onsie
For this week’s theme, Upcycle, I chose to repurpose a pile of thrift store t-shirts. I have a baby shower coming up and I thought this would be perfect for the baby girl to be. Plus, I really love giving one of a kind, handmade gifts.
First, I adorned the front of the onesie with 3 bow appliqués fashioned from the old t-shirts. After drawing and cutting, I attached the 3 bows to the onesie using a simple straight stitch.
For the ruffles, I cut strips of the tshirts and gathered them to the width of the onesie, using my sewing machine. Then, I attached to the backside of the onesie.
I plan to pair this with a bib and burp cloth, also made from upcycled t-shirts. The entire project cost less than $5 and took just under an hour to make. I hope you like it as much as I do and vote to keep me in the competition!
Upcycle Challenge Vote
It’s time to start voting…Please vote for your five favorite projects (it’s quick, I promise!) in order to ensure that your vote goes through. A tutorial for the winning project will be posted on Tuesday.
The poll is open through 5 p.m. MST on Thursday, Sept. 12.
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