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Upcycle for a dining room with personality

15 April 2014
Upcycling is about adapting things you've already got and finding ways to reuse them, making an unwanted item useful again. It's a good way of doing a home makeover on a budget and the results can be amazing. Here are a few ideas on upcycling a dining room that's fresh and unique.

When painting kitchen and dining furniture, look for water-resistant paints or seal with varnish for a longer lasting finish.

Upcycling in simple steps

Old ladders or the sides of a bookcase can be fixed to the wall and used as storage units.

Pockets, made from tea towels, are sewn together and tied to each rung to create a unique place to keep your things.

You could also make an indoor wall garden, using empty plastic bottles as plant pots.

Make a feature wall in five minutes

Coat hangers hung on hooks are a fun way to display your magazines, daily paper, catalogues or children’s books. We've added some wrapping paper with a strong graphic print for extra impact on the wall.

Storage with character

We created our own dining room storage using a wall cupboard and a set of children's drawers. Inside the cupboard, we added hooks and baskets for extra storage and lined the back with newspaper for a vintage feel.

Then we painted the cupboard and used the same colour palette on the wall to unify the pieces and create a bold impression in the room.

Simple starter project

Personalising a paper lampshade is fun and a good place to start if you've never upcycled before. We've covered ours in old newspaper using glue.