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A central goal when decorating a space is to create an effect that uses unique design elements. This is what gives your space character, and adds something of your own personality, too. And usually, this is about accent pieces that bring out the value of the whole interior, and in subtle, tasteful ways.

So, how do you do add this subtle flair, and do it inexpensively?

The writers of Home Interior Zone are here with this guest post to tell you how you can accomplish some great home décor effects through the magic of upcycling. What is that, exactly?

Read on, gentle reader!

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One of the most popular trends regarding home decoration in our days is upcycling. There are a lot of people who save items from going to the thrash and creating something entirely new with their help.

You might have seen artwork made of old CDs, or sofa cushions made of repurposed old sweaters. While some of the people have a special ability to find new use of old objects, the items created by the majority of the people look like they have been saved from the thrash themselves.

You must know that this isn’t a general rule, and it is possible to make things turn out right. All you need is the right materials and also the ability to create something new. The finishing makes all the difference regarding the different kinds of items that you could create.

How to succeed with upcycling

The definition of upcycling is the process of converting something old and seemingly useless into something new and useful with a higher value.

In order to achieve the high quality products that you would like to have, you must start with high quality materials. The ones that you could use might need cleaning, repairing and updating. When looking for new items, keep an eye out for those that are sound and that would fit the design that you already have.

The tools that you use for an upcycling project are also important. They make the difference between the items that have been visibly slapped together and those that are well crafted. You could save yourself a lot of time and a lot of frustration if you choose the right tools for the right operation. For example in case of the sewing projects it is important to have a good sewing machine, while in case of working with wood it is a necessity to have a drill and also a set of bits.

Photo: pusteblume

Everything starts in the planning phase. Before you actually do something, lay out a plan that you will follow along the way. You should be certain about how the final product should look. Take each piece and decide what needs to be done with it according to your specific plan.

The first step usually is to clean the piece in question and repair it in case it needs any repairs. Regarding the metal pieces you should sand the rust, repair the loose joints and make any other necessary repairs. This is the most important step to have high quality work.

As it has been mentioned before, it is essential to take the time when it comes to the finishes. This way the items that you create will be a true piece of art. Don’t let there be any unfinished work.

Why upcycling is important

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The importance of upcycling lies in the fact that this way there will be less waste. Actually the advantage is double: you lower the trash and the carbon footprint and in the same time there will be less need for new materials saving you the cash you need elsewhere.

There are some really spectacular ideas that you could try at home. For example you might create a lamp of old soup cans. Another really good idea is to use plates that you don’t really use anymore for eating as decorative elements. You should repaint them and hang them on the wall.

Old luggage could also find a new purpose if you are creative enough. There are some people who have turned the old travelling cases into chairs and even sofas. It is undeniable that it takes some work, but the results are worth the effort and you can be sure that you will have unique items.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of upscaling opportunities available to those daring enough to take advantage of their impressive potential.

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Thanks!

HomeInteriorsZone.com is a blog helps its readers give their home a beautiful look through some real useful articles on home interiors.

Check out these resources for more upcycling ideas:

16 Ways to upcycle before you recycle

Etsy blog reclaimed home

Upcycling for students

Upcycling using your DIY project shipping pallet

Cheers,

Rob.

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.