Meaning, how do you re-purpose or re-use? This question drives me daily. As you might know by know…I am huge on recycling as you can read right here.
Here are a few small projects I have been busy with this last few months:
Let’s start in the bathroom. I worked on an event project last year and my boss was clearing out her garage. Being a natural scavenger, I left with a few ‘goodies’. This included a bag of empty CD & DVD holders and an old dog kennel. Yes, I loaded an old rotten kennel in the car.
Normally these ‘finds’ would lie and wait till one day I get a light bulb moment as to how to use it. So later I got inspired by this picture I saw on the Internet:
I made my own version of it in the bathroom. It is still in progress as I plan to expand it to fill the whole wall.
CD holder art
Then we also needed a duck board in the bathroom. I wanted a nice rustic look and decided that the weathered wood from the rotten kennel would be perfect. I would use those pieces that were still in a better condition. This project took me about 2 hours and saved me buying one.
Also the girls’ room needed a light fixture.
Need some TLC
When we visited Harties earlier this year, I picked up this box with Styrofoam-like stuff at the mall.
Protective plastic for bottles
I had this drum-light but it needed some spunk. I loved the organic look of the foam. So I slowly fixed it to the drum with a hot-glue gun. Hot, sticky stuff for sure. I still have a few blisters as a result.
This is the end result:
Recycled drum light
I am still working on the design of the girls’ room as mentioned here. So the light might change, but I like it for now.
Food for Thought:
The average person generates about 2.04 kilograms of rubbish every day – about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. Although it is estimated that 75 percent of solid waste is recyclable, only about 30 percent is actually recycled.