How much do you reuse things in the home? I am quite thrifty (obviously) I am always chasing a bargain and I am always look at what can be used or reused when it has outlived its original purpose. I learnt this from dad who is so handy. As we grew up birthday and Christmas presents were often homemade. My Sindy house was so much better than any shop bought wooden house, mine had wallpaper and carpet that matched our home. My dad apparently spent months building it in the evenings once I was in bed. One summer I had wooden stilts that I spent hours on, again made in dads garage. I was so good on those stilts I could have sworn I had a career ahead of me as a clown! Dad made things for a few reasons. Firstly because he has the skills to do it. Secondly because it was cheaper for him to make it for us rather than get it shop bought. Thirdly because he enjoyed it and had been taught that way by his parents.
I have inherited the creative idea side but lack the skills to make grand things which is a shame. Recently I was sent a pack of Luxury Flooring and was challenged to show #IamCreative. Basically it is to show what you can do with those bits of wood that end up left over after a bigger project. Being the blogger I am I started with pinterest and there were so many fabulous projects I saw and wanted to try. I then narrowed it down to what we needed in the home. I had a few ideas from shoe racks to desks. I also looked at the styles I liked. I made a pinterest board to gather my ideas. Oliver Bonas furniture is a huge lust item for me but so far I don’t own any!
I searched my local charity shops looking for the perfect thing to upcycle but was unlucky in my treasure hunting. Then I started searching in my grandads attic for any bits that I could reuse. I found some legs which were black which once belonged to a table. The wooden table top was there too and that became the basis for my new upcycled coffee table. I sanded the legs down and repainted them white to get that dipped fresher look. I then realised I didn’t have the tools and skills I needed for the rest so I did what I often do in that situation and rang my dad. I headed over and together we made my new table. It took a good few hours and then we painted the inside of the wood white to match the legs. My dad is a man that knows his wood and he was impressed, he said that it would make really good flooring because of the thickness and the quality.
So here it is from the original legs:
To its new upcycled coffee table
This project just shows that nothing is scrap and most things can be repurposed. I love the fresh new look and it really looks awesome in my living room.