Repurposing and upcycling can save you money and save the environment too.
This Native American Proverb “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,” sums our environment threatening lifestyle and how we must not take our planet for granted.
I have loved creating stuff out of waste from early on in life. I used to think of ways to put old, abandoned stuff to use.
3 months back, when we moved to our new home, I wanted all things bright and beautiful for my house, but instead of splurging into brand new furniture, upholstery and artwork I revived what I already had and substantially cut down our expenses.
In this post I will share about few of the things that I brought from our old home and how I got them customised for our new place.
Wish I had before and after pictures of these, I didn’t plan to write about my refurbishing story hence have no “Before” pics.
Beginning from the entrance, this setty is probably more than 20 years old. Even before we moved to this new house, I knew what I wanted to do with this one. I wanted to make a sitting space outside our main door. We got the laminate changed, added a handrest and got new mattress. Although, the carpenter didnt do justice to my idea of handrest, but it does look decent; just by giving it a little contemporary makeover, this setty was all set for its new role!
New home for us meant buying new curtains as the windows here are much bigger than our previous home. It could have easily costed us 2-2.5 lakhs, when we were already burdened with far too many expenses, I didn’t want to add this to the list. Also getting new curtains would have meant disposing the old ones, the where and how of getting rid or storing the old stuff was too much of a headache. I then checked with my upholstery guy if he could customise these old curtains that were still in great shape for our new windows. He happily took up the job. Although the Labour charges were steep but we had our good old curtains and we saved much more.
The sofa set too was a misfit for our new home, getting a new sofa would have meant spending hefty and then getting heartaches everytime my son jumped on and off it. I have a monkey for a toddler who has just begun jumping wildly on sofa, need I say more?
I got the upholstery changed and gave it a look that matched our new home, all at a reasonable sum.
Art work adds to the beauty of a home, you can transform a house completely with the pieces of art that you use.
My husband’s nanaji (maternal grand father) was a government officer and an artist at heart. His art was put for exhibitions (30 years back) and we are proud owners of some of his work, paintings and driftwood art.
The paintings had gone dull with time and the frames took away all the beauty, I got them reframed and now they adorn the lovely walls of our house. I also got many of old photos framed and created a beautiful memory wall in the foyer of our new home. Cant tell you how happy I am that this wall now stands as the most interesting part of our house.
I have many sarees that have been passed on to me by my mother in law. I got a beautiful table and bed runner made out of one of the silk sarees that I knew I wouldn’t wear. There is much more you can do with old clothes, I am going to do a separate post on it. I recently got more than 20 cloth bags made from old clothes. You can check my post on eco-friendly return gift ideas, the post also talks about ecofriendly packaging ideas.
Some of our Upcycling projects are still a WIP ( Work in progress) and probably would be taken up in my future posts.
We are still settling to our new place and a lot still needs to be done, hoping that we create a home that soothes our souls, exudes positivity and brings happiness to our lives.
Thanks for coming here and reading it, share some love if you liked my work, do tell me about your upcycling projects.
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