Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chic 'Upcycling'

I love the use of old items...'upcycling', I heard it fondly referred to as recently. There is so much satisfaction in giving something, anything a makeover, or using something for a completely different purpose to what was originally intended and it looking fabulous!
Amazing Stylist, Emily Chalmers says it perfectly, "think laterally - a beautiful but old teapot with a broken spout could make a great vase, a distressed wobbly stool could become a plant stand, a lace bed cover could hang at the window, a relatively small length of fabric could cover a panel of a screen."
Upcycling, making over, thinking laterally, whatever you want to call it, I hope these ideas for the humble wooden pallet inspire you to give that little DIY job you have been putting off a go!
Would love to hear about your makeovers, let me know what you have done that turned out better than you ever expected!


























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23 comments:

  1. Some seriously creative uses for old pallets there!

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  2. Wow - super creative ideas for wood pallets, like them all. Now I can add upcycling to my thrifting vocabulary!

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  3. love, love, love this! so much great inspriation! i can't wait to attempt to recreate some of these for my home!

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  4. How creative and inspiring! Love it. Good post.

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  5. i love these! i'm a huge fan of using old, unwanted things in new, creative ways. my partner is an interior designer and furniture builder, and he always uses reclaimed woods and upcycled materials. one of my favorite things is visiting the salvage yard with him. it's such an inspiring place!

    i absolutely adore that kids' reading nook and the coffee tables... actually, i love it all! :) your blog is gorgeous, and i'm so glad you came and said hello so i could discover it. lovely to meet you!

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  6. Creative use of pallets, I love the white room with the pallet bed and the black ceiling, it is dreamy.

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  7. Love, love love all these ideas. I think reusing palettes is genius. I get so many on my dock and we have to PAY to have them removed!! What a great and green way to repurpose.

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  8. I"m loving all of these!! Especially that fun corner bed and of course, the pallet gardens! Thanks for your fun comment and visiting...i'm loving your blog too!

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  9. Love these photos! So unusual and creative, I especially like the vertical planter! If only I could do something similar without killing all the greenery!...Sally x

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  10. Well now I know what to do with all the pallets that sit in my warehouse!!! Yippee I'm going to transform them :o)

    Thanks for the post!

    Keren
    xx

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  11. i loved all of these! i'm trying to convince my husband to make a wooden headboard this summer for our bed...i just love the natural-organic aesthetics that rustic wood can portray

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  12. love the wooden headboard! Would never think to do that but it looks gorgeous and so homely.
    some fab ideas in your gorgeous pictures.

    Abigail x
    www.abigailsplace8.blogspot.com

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  13. OK - most of those images are cute but I just can't get over how many splinters that last kid's bed could lead to! seriously dangerous...

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  14. @Style-Edition you do raise a great point, perhaps the creative use of pallets is best to left to 'children at heart'!
    Thanks everyone for your beautiful comments, for those of you that are loving the headboard, head over to Stylizmo where there is no shortage of fab ideas and where this one came from. xoxo

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  15. Miss Walker, I love your blog and your city (my husband is from Melbourne)!
    All this upcycling goodness is inspiring me to get of my lazy butt and finish a couple of projects. I love the daybed on crate and the dining room with the bird on the wall. That table is fantastic.
    Count me in as a new follower!

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  16. Lovely space! I'm loving the shabby chicness to them! Have a beautiful day, Kellie xx

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  17. i would love it if my house was as stylish as this!

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  18. Upcycling is such a great way to describe it! I love going to Goodwill and thinking creatively to give an old item new life. Plus you spend very little $ and get the satisfaction of a job well done!

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  19. What a great selection of inspired spaces - who would have known a timber pallet would have so many uses. XX Samantha

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  20. I adore your blog! Thank you for the sweet visit to mine! The bird on the wall is amazing. I love the idea.


    http://jennaleelac.blogspot.com/

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  21. The little girls bed is so cute! So many great uses for such a seemingly uninspired thing.

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  22. Gorgeous photos- I love that big clock at the top!

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