This gorgeous pallet hope chest is more than just a furniture piece, it’s a success story. We love hearing about upcyclers that have turned their passions into businesses! Candice and Mike Jenness starting making these stunning reclaimed wood hope chests as a way to bridge the financial gap from their day jobs. When their Etsy shop, Looney Bin Trading Company, reached over 300 sales, they were able to make the switch to working full time for themselves.
Drawstring bags are both fashionable and functional. They are essentially dressed up backpacks! We are loving these upcycled drawstring bags by lilidili. lilidili is the small business of Hungarian upcycler Lili. The lilidili drawstring bags are upcycled from old tablecloths, bedsheets and clothing.
We love reclaimed wood furniture! The possibilities are endless and the results can be incredibly beautiful. We are particularly impressed by the awesome jigsaw-style of Nick Lopez’s reclaimed redwood furniture. Working exclusively with salvaged wood, Nick transforms scrap wood into gorgeous, functional furniture.
Here’s a thought, what happens to pinball machines when they are beyond repair? Upcycler Dan Burfield turns them into pinball birdhouses! As an avid pinball collector and restorer, Burfield sometimes finds pinball machines that can’t be fixed. He gives these machines a second life as pinball birdhouses.
We love innovative Kickstarter campaigns such as TireFlops! TireFlops are flip flops that use old tires for the outsoles. By deconstructing the tires, the TireFlops team have found a way to upcycle tire soles into footwear. What a fantastic concept!
We love a good upcycled Kickstarter and this doorbell phone is just genius. It’s a wireless doorbell mechanism that turns an old rotary phone into a doorbell. The rotary phone rings when someone presses on your doorbell! Read on to find out how this fun upcycle works.
At Upcycle That we love hearing of amazing upcycle projects around the world. These vinyl banner bags are made in Kigali, Rwanda. The brand that makes them is called Angaza. It was founded by two young women in 2012.
These traffic sign chairs were created from cast off traffic signs and old, school chair frames. The style of these chairs was inspired by origami and the resulting design is edgy, urban and cool. Better still these chairs are comfortable and perfect for outside use – the traffic signs were made to be outdoors!
You may recall the gorgeous upcycled jewelry brand, RUBY. This South African company is one of our favourite upcycled jewelry brands! We were honoured when RUBY invited Upcycle That’s Judy to participate in their latest campaign, Pamper & Pout. There were 6 bloggers featured and each was asked to pick an archetype to express. Ideas for archetypes included Siren, Mermaid, Grecian goddess etc. Judy chose a persona close to her heart, the Champion of Upcycling. To celebrate the campaign, RUBY wants to give away the gorgeous upcycled jewelry featured!
Exciting things are in the works here at Upcycle That. We’re currently on the hunt for awesome upcycled products and brands to work with. Are you a maker of upcycled products or an upcycled brand? If so, read on!