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reduce, re-use, recycle

A friend forwarded me an email recently with all kinds of examples of stuff being re-used for new purposes. Of course we see examples of upcycling on blogs and pinterest all the time, but a few of these struck me as being pretty fun and original! Here are a few of my faves for your Friday reading pleasure.

This bike-in-the-bathroom is amazeballs. I’m sooo in love and can picture it in a fab apartment in Paris or something. Dreamy.



via Benjamin Bullins

Got a chair with wobbly or broken legs? Saw off the seat and use it as a towel rack. Has a cute country vibe.



via BHG

A clawfoot tub turned sofa? Not sure how comfortable it would be to lounge it, but the idea is pretty stellar.



via Reestore

If you have a sporty room, these vintage tennis rackets turned into mirrors are so clever.



via Country Living

I love the look of these bended wrenches. Would be great to have 5 or 6 lined up on a piece of barnboard as a coat/hat rack.



originally via this etsy shop, but listing has expired

We have a few drawers in our office that are just full of cables. Winding them into old CD/DVD racks makes a whole lot of sense. Probably better for the cables, too.



via Reddit user ‘Crath’

I’m all for DIY’ing light fixtures. These ones have used cool vases, buckets, bowls, mugs, and strainers. You just need a light kit and probably a drill. Fun, fun!



top right photo via Jerry Kott lights, others unknown or expired 

Got any ingenious ideas of your own? Ever tried any of these before? In other news, you guys up to anything fun this weekend? We have a few dinners with family and friends happening, a bit of house project doing (will let you in on that next week!), and going to see a  play on Sunday. TGIF!

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  • Joy

    I have the bicycle in the bath Pinned – it’s not my style, but I love how it looks anyway. The other ideas are new to me, and quite neat!

    I’m hitting the canal for the first time this year to try and get my skate legs back, and going to a Robbie Burns dinner/ceilidh out in Kanata tomorrow night.

    Have a great weekend, Gemma!

    • gemma

      Oooh sounds like fun!! Have a great time out on the ice (bundle up)!


  • Rachael

    Do you have the sources to any of these images? I’d like to pin them from the original source or see if there are any additional images/DIY instructions for a few of them.

    • gemma

      Unfortunately there weren’t ANY original links with the email! So sorry. Maybe try using google image to see if you can spot them?


  • Rachael

    Here Ya Go:

    Bathroom Bike http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/found-a-built-in-bike-in-a-bat-160542

    Chair Shelf: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/storage/projects/how-to-make-a-ladder-back-shelf/

    Clawfoot Bathtub Couch: http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Claw-Foot-Bathtub-Couch/

    Tennis Racket Mirrors: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-vintage-tennis-racket-mirr-111250

    Cable Storage: http://blog.makezine.com/2011/01/14/reusing-old-optical-disc-spindles-f/

    Coffee Cup Light: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/new-uses-for-old-things-65160

    Wine Lights: http://www.greenyourdecor.com/1573/upcycle-color-block-hanging-lights/

    Also, not to sound bitch or to start a huge war about copyright, but as the blogger, shouldn’t you try to source these by running a Google Image search? I’m sure it will help your blog grow and the original creators of the images/projects will appreciate the credit (much like you would appreciate a pic of your home or ceiling being properly linked to). Just a thought.

    • gemma

      Amazing! Thanks Rachel. I have updated the post.

      I agree that it’s so important to include the links, but I just hadn’t been able to locate the original sources. Unfortunately several of the links you posted aren’t actually the original sources, but after some more clicking I came across most of the sources. You’re a superstar!

      I see my images all over the web without the credit back to my site, just one of the many hazards of blogging!


  • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse

    I Love the bike in the bathroom. I think I prefer storage (okay, I need it to not go crazy), but I’d love this for a powder room. If I ever have one big enough, lol! Thanks, Rachael, for tracking down the sources – you are an internet superstar. But now that I can find out how, I also want to make those tennis racket mirrors, so my to-do list just got longer ;)

    • gemma

      Haha I know… the storage might definitely be an issue, but isn’t it just so pretty?! :)