How Upcycling Can Enhance Your Home

Decorating your home while on a tight budget isn’t as impossible as it may seem. When it comes to home décor, there are plenty of ways to spend less but still enjoy new and exciting looks around the house. Below, we’ll go over how you can revitalize your home without breaking the bank through upcycling!

First, what is upcycling? An environmentally friendly practice, upcycling refers to the reuse of older, unwanted items to create something with new purpose. Not only is it a more sustainable way to decorate, but also it can be a very effective route for those having trouble finding decor they like within their budget as 29% of surveyed respondents say they do.

You can put this practice to work by utilizing items you already own or finding unique pieces at affordable prices around town. Either way you’re helping to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills while also conserving the resources and energy needed to produce new furnishings.

Another reason to choose upcycling is to express your distinctive sense of style as well as your artistic side. Many people opt for this approach as they don’t particularly like the idea of mass-produced décor and cookie-cutter furniture sets. Rather, they want the house to serve as a reflection of their unique personality. Upcycling provides the perfect escape from the ordinary as it’s up to you to transform castoff items into one-of-a-kind pieces.

Unsure how to get started? You could begin your upcycling journey by choosing a specific piece of discarded furniture you own that’s still in good condition and imagining how it might be put to better use. You could also start off slow by opting for a more straightforward project.

For example, you can elevate the ambiance of any desired space with pearled candles (like from this website or wherever else you can find them). Simply gather old mason jars you have on hand or source interesting containers. Add wax pearls in a combination of colors or designs until you get a look you love. Add a wick and enjoy the ambiance.

Want to take on something more challenging? You can upcycle an old wooden ladder into a piece with purpose via a repurposed ladder shelf. As these antiquated tools are often replaced with sturdier metal ones, you could find one thrifting or at yard sales. Bring new life to the ladder by sanding the wood, giving it a fresh coat of paint or stain and mounting it to the wall as a spot for books or knick-knacks. You could also go a step further by replacing the rungs with wider planks to form a shelf that leans against the wall to create depth and visual appeal.

Interested in more examples of how to upcycle old items for refreshing new décor? Check out the accompanying resource for further ideas and inspiration!

Infographic provided by Foton Pearled Candle, a sustainable candle company

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