Saturday, July 30, 2011

Upcycling drawers

I love these ideas. I don't think that a tutorial is needed, but keep in mind that you need to install a plastic liner inside the drawer to avoid water leaking....

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Upcycling bookends into a floating bookshelf

As you might have noticed, I love what Umbra is doing, in a previous post, I showed that you could make your own butterflies or wall flowers with soda cans.
Here I'd like to show that you can use a regular easy to find metallic bookend to make the now-famous floating bookshelf from Miron Lior sold by Umbra.

How to make it
You just have to use tin snip pliers to make 2 little notches and fold them with regular pliers. These little pieces of metal will be used to hold the back cover of the first book. The first book in this configuration will have to be thick enough to cover the piece of metal otherwise you can cut almost flush the whole piece of metal and make the same cutting and bending, in this case, any book will fit to start.

To attach on the wall, 2 hole using a drill and anchors on the dry walls will be needed.

I think it's funny that a bookend could also make a great floating bookshelf!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Upcycling vinyl records

Seen on
Sometimes it's hard to say if it's upcycling or destruction... But it makes beautiful butterflies too!...
I'm on vacation in France with family until August 5th but I will try to see if I can find upcycling ideas or projects there.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Upcycling a three ring binder

I needed hooks next to my BBQ to hang a towel or some tools for grilling.
This project could also fit in a kitchen or an office.

The tools needed:
Pliers and scissors

The material:
A 3 ring binder and 2 screws.

How to make it:
There's no really need for a tutorial on this one. The tricky part might be to remove the rings from the hard cover using the pliers.

These hooks are great outside since you can close them and secure from the wind the stuff hanging.

This upcycling project is not my idea, I give all the credit to Bettina who's also one of my wonderful and creative followers.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Upcycling the Mason Jar

Found on Etsy

There are probably tons of upcycling ideas with mason jars, but I really like the lamp concept.
As a chandelier in the kitchen or hanging on the wall, electric or with candles, the uneven glass reflects and diffuses the light in a beautiful way. I haven't started this project yet, but, inspired by these pictures, I really consider making mason jar lamps hanging on my deck with electric lighting, a new tutorial to come then...

Seen on Anna's blog with tutorial

Here is a tutorial to make the candle one.
The good thing about this project is that it's fairly simple as long as you are very careful when you play with electricity!! if you have any question about how to make one of this project, just drop me a comment or an email.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

My blog featured on Remodelaholic !!!!!

I had the honor of being invited to write a guest post on about the fishbone chair replica that I made from salvaged plywood. Have a look! A big thanks to Cassity for the invite!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sad News for upcycling....

This is a variation of the torch made with bottle of wine posted here. A simple project that looks good on picture. You can find the attachments in the plumbing department at your local store.

Also, sad news for magazines. Readymade Magazine won't publish anymore... Decision from the parent company. It was a great magazine that will be missed by all upcyclers... The website is still working though.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Plastic crates are upcyclable too!

I don't know if I would do this upcycling for myself, but I must admit that these sophisticated and sustainable milk crate furnitures look really stylish.
The ceiling light is also an interesting and colorful piece of art.