Upcycling is becoming an increasingly popular way of taking an item that you would otherwise throw out and finding a way to make it into something else or changing it’s appearance to suit your home. A couple of years ago it was second nature for many of us to discard items we no longer wanted in our homes, but over time gorgeous little shops and makers have joined the market selling upcycled items. This has inspired many of us to rethink what we do with items in our home and also offered us an alternative to buying something brand new.
Lyn from The Painted Chest takes vintage french fabrics and items and turns them into bags and home accessories including lamps, cushions and bunting.
Amanda Hamilton takes vintage deckchairs and turns them into desirable seating for the garden using a carefully selection range of striped fabrics.
Susanna from Bow Boutique says “upcycling is all about breathing new life into an object once treasured by another decade”. At Bow you’ll find an array of goodies all of which have been given a new lease of life, for e.g. furniture carefully restored and painted in beautiful shades from Farrow & Ball.
All the featured makers above are passionate about turning old items into gorgeous things for your home and what I love the most is that they all offer you the opportunity to choose how you would like the item to look, even down to the colour of the pom poms on Amanda’s deckchairs!
Just over a year ago I purchased an old church pew, I gave it some tlc and painted it in my favourite colour of farrow and ball paint. I now have a chunky wooden table with wooden chairs and my beloved pew. It’s surprising how many people ask where it’s from…it was a bargain and I customised it to fit in with my colour scheme and if I change the colour of my kitchen I can paint the bench again. Since then I’ve found a few other pieces at antique shops and markets. I didn’t think I would ever enjoy routing through old things, but I can thoroughly recommend it.
If you’ve ever fancied having a go at upcycling something for your own home, great places to search out bargains are local markets and antiques shops (Heanor Antique Centre is one of my faves). Alternatively, if you would prefer to buy items that have already been given a new look then places to try are the Bow Boutique in Cromford (soon to move to Matlock) and The Vintage Rooms in Wirksworth.