GoodsHomeDesign. When you aren’t connected to the DIY community and the DIY way-of-thinking, a barrel is just a barrel.
You don’t see past the obvious function of storing that a gallon drum has and that’s a pity. But no need to feel down because we are here to offer you a fresh and creative approach to things around you. Sweden gives its "fixer" citizens tax breaks for repairing, not replacing, what's broken — Quartz. At my local farmers market in upper Manhattan, one of the more popular vendors is Pop Up Repair, where people can bring their broken radios, toys, or waffle makers and get them fixed for a small fee.
For all the people it draws with nowhere else to turn for basic repairs, it draws even more for the mere spectacle, and nostalgia, of seeing someone fix what’s broken. Pop Up Repair is onto something: a small “fixer” movement that has gone global in the last few years, as more people see the wisdom in extending the lives of things they own rather than buying things anew. Over the past decade, “repair cafes” have formed in Europe, the US, Australia, and Sub-Sahara Africa. And since it launched in 2003, the website iFixit, a kind of wiki for repair information, has collected nearly 90,000 solutions for fixing a range of household products and computing devices.
Still, more often than not, repair shops are a breed near extinction, especially in rich countries. Dave Hakkens. Home — Precious Plastic. Reuse Chairs. Suitcase ChairAn old khaki canvas suitcase has been recreated into a slick Suitcase Chair.
The chair has a steel reinforced internal structure, is upholstered in black leather, with timber stained tapered legs. South Africa's www.recreate.za.net $1500. Lights ! The Colourball By the amazing Heath Nash of South Africa.Multicolour flower and butterfly shapes attached to a handmade wire structure.Small: 400mm diam - 240 flowers, Medium: 500mm diam Large: 600mm diam, Extra large: 800mm diam The process: * Lots of bottles are found, sorted and collected. * They are washed very thoroughly (with bio-degradable detergent) and dried. * The handles and bases are carefully removed, and each bottle is splayed open into a semi-flat ‘sheet’. * As many flowers as possible are cut from each bottle * Now each flower has to be formed from a ‘flattish’ shape into a more 3-dimenional form - each petal is folded in half, and individual lines are creased into each (by hand).
This forms the flower, and makes it more translucent where the lines are… adding to the detail and finish of the finished piece. (So if a flower has 6 petals, and there are 9 lines on each one, someone has creased 54 lines! Old Boats Become. Furniture made from Old Boats The fishermen from the West coast of Africa decorate their boats with brightly coloured geometric designs.
The team of Artlantique searches for, and buys old, no longer seaworthy boats to transform... Every piece of Artlantique furniture is unique, as no two boats are ever the same. The “Samba” wood is left untreated. The raw material is the boat itself. Instead Of Throwing Empty Bottles Away, She Transforms Them Into Something I NEED In My Home. It seems that day after day, the price of most things is going up.
Sometimes pinching your pennies is wise, especially when it comes to small decorations. With so much knowledge at our fingertips, making our own beautiful creations is extremely easy. Reusing Things: 100 Ideas of How to Reuse Commonly Thrown Away Items - Modern Homesteading. Back in the 50's, a gal named Joan Ranson Shortney wrote a book, How to Live on Nothing, that sums up more of what eventually became MOTHER's use-it-up-wear-it-out-make-it-do-or-do-without philosophy than anything else I've ever seen.
Needless to say, I was one of the first purchasers of that book and I used my copy as a reference for years before founding MOTHER. Here's a live-better-for-less selection from Joan's book. —JS. How incredibly wealthy our country is, even in times of economic recession and depression! Every day mountains of paper and wood are burned as waste. Cohabitat - Photos du journal. Cohabitat - Photos du journal. Recycled Materials. The proof that the wastes are not necessarily useless - Earthlight MissionEarthlight Mission.
What Began As An Old Tub Became Something Completely Amazing!... See For Yourself. This project began by cutting the tub in half.
I Can’t Believe How Easy It Is To Make These 21 Things Myself. The Results Are STUNNING. I Can’t Believe How Easy It Is To Make These 21 Things Myself.
So First You Start With An Old Bicycle, Then You Turn It Into One Of These Bicycle Recycles. A bicycle is used as a form of transportation, and has been refined into a very efficient human powered machine. With mass production, the costs have come down tremendously to the point that repairing old used bikes is almost not worthwhile. That said, they have very smooth bearings and are useful for most anything that requires gearing or goes round. Check out these great Re-bicycle ideas! A Bicycle Becomes A Garden Plow A Bicycle Becomes A Lawn Mower. An Ugly Shed Gets Some Love From Eley Kishimoto.
Fashion design house Eley Kishimoto took their talents to the streets, or the backyard really, and with the help of Cuprinol, they made over the UK’s oldest and dilapidated shed they could find. Using Cuprinol’s new line of garden paint, the design duo gave the shed a makeover that reflects their brand. The once ugly shed took about three months to complete from concept to finished product and now it has to be the most fashionable shed ever, right? They covered the exterior in their Posy Ivy print from their Spring Summer 2012 Collection, and they painted the panels in some of the paint line’s new, summery colors. Shed Inspiration: 12 Recycled, Reclaimed & Eco-Friendly Structures - WebEcoist.
Wooden Boats Recycled Into Stunning House in Spain - WebEcoist. Greenhouses from Old Windows and Doors. Greenhouses made from Old Windows and Doors Calling all used awning windows, bay windows, storm doors and clerestories... back to service. Greenhouse made from recycled windows by Jan and Ed Vitse of New Look Floral (a garden and floral business) in Rochester, Mn.. This little gem, made from recycled windows was built in 2003. The structure is 12 feet long by 6 1/2 wide, and 10 1/2 feet tall. newlookfloralrochester.com. Piet Hein Eeks Turns Local Community Center Into a Recycled Art Gallery in The Netherlands. Ultimate Guide to Upcycling with Pallets. Wooden pallets are excellent material to upcycle from a simple shelf to complete house and also they are readily available around us (I think we already proved it with our website!
Cable Spools And 31 Instances Of Amazing Creativity! The Daily Pallet. If you need a new lamp, save up a couple popsicle sticks, and a bit of glue.... This is a tad bit intricate, but there's lots of neat things you could make if you had a spare set of camel bones to carve on... Recycled Glass House: 6 Million Bottles of Beer in the Walls. You would have to multiple the “ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall” from the old tune by six hundred thousand to make this whole glass home. A Beautiful House Made from Trash & Recycled Materials. Driftwood railings line the rickety bridge leading to the cattle-bone numbers next to the front door of this unique recycled home – featuring far more than the sum of its scraps and parts, a beauty that emerges from the textured materials of which it was made (by hand).
It starts with stacked corks and bottles, old newspapers, scrap wood and recycled metal … and culminates in layered color-sample ceiling tiles and shards of mirrored glass arranged piece by piece to assemble an amazing interior wall mosaic. Old t-shirts form the floors in one room while an antique wood-burning stove adorns the next and glass wine bottles allow light and distorted views from one space to another. Trash Treasure: Rome Villa is an Entirely Recycled Sanctuary. Old Red Goes Green: Recycled Wall Brick Built to Save Water. Bring it Back: 50th B-Day of the Beer Bottle Building Block. Fifty years ago, international brewmaster Alfred Heineken created what may to this day be the most brilliant beer bottle ever designed. After the liquid contents are consumed, the rectangular bottles come become standard-sized bricks that could be stacked to create attractive and rigid residential walls.