Looking for another great reason to keep your old glass jars? These glass jar soap dispensers are it. They are really easy to make and super eye catching. This project would make for a perfect mid-week upcycle. Find out how to make your own.
One of the best things about upcycling is that it can preserve items rich with history. These railroad upcycles from Rail Yard Studios are a great example of that. Made from rails worn from use and retired from service, this custom line recalls an age gone by.
The story behind Rail Yard Studios
The team behind Rail Yard Studios are father-son duo Jim and Robert Hendrick. Jim has had a lifelong passion for carpentry and instilled the same love in his son Robert. Robert studied industrial design and developed an appreciation for the efficiency of rail during years spent in Europe. Upon returning home to Tennessee, Robert decided to purchase a railroad contracting company involved with railroad construction and maintenance. It was almost inevitable that the pair would get involved with railroad upcycles.
Rail must be taken out of service when it is too worn down to be relayed. Robert started seeing century old rails with names like Carnegie, Bethlehem, Illinois and Tennessee being sold for scrap. Some of the rails were emblazoned with dates as early as 1899.
With a desire to preserve history and some slow days on the line, Jim and Robert began experimenting with furniture design. The resulting railroad upcycles are more than just functional, they effectively serve as uniquely crafted works of art.
Most of the railroad upcycles made by Rail Yard Studios are custom built. The historical, century-old railroad steel comes mainly from track renovations in the southeastern U.S. The hardwood timbers are sourced from suppliers as rejects. While the bark seams and knots might be undesirable to suppliers, for Jim and Robert they are viewed as incredible natural design features.
Rail Yard Studios are always looking to add new products to their range. Although they started with large upcycled furniture pieces like desks and tables, their most popular pieces now include smaller items such as the Rail Yard wine racks.
We think that these railroad upcycles are awesome. The history of the rails and industrial chic style of design are majorly appealing to us. We’d love to have one of these pieces in our home, would you want to have one in yours?
Source: Rail Yard Studios
With New York Fashion week just over and Halloween around the corner we feel the time is right for a bit of upcycled costume inspiration. This mermaid tail was part of RUBY’s collection for last year’s South African Fashion Week. The collection was entitled: Waste not, want not.
Maverick can step aside because when it comes to aviation there’s a new top gun in town. These aviator stools are hands down the coolest repurpose of helicopters and airplanes we’ve ever seen.
We love upcycles for kids and this suitcase dollhouse is one of the cutest. What could be sweeter than making and decorating a suitcase dollhouse with your little one? Read on to find out how.
It feels like ages since our last pallet post and that just isn’t right. So when we saw these pallet letters we really snapped to attention. Typography is huge in home decor at the moment and these pallet letters have a great aesthetic. We think they would make for a lovely addition to home decor for fall. Read on to find out how to make them for yourself.
Do you have little ones? Are you always on the lookout for creative themed birthday party ideas? If so you will go wild over this upcycled safari party. With giraffe paper towel rolls and camo toilet roll binoculars, everyone is sure to have fun spotting wildlife. Box Play for Kids is a really cool company that make eco-friendly stickers that repurpose commonly found boxes, cartons and tubes into new toys. They are sponsoring our latest giveaway, an upcycled safari party. Read on to find out how to win.
We really do love when brands gets involved with upcycling. That’s why we are so excited to talk about the Domino’s second hand logos project. This is an awesome upcycling campaign from Domino’s Pizza. Here’s what happened: when Domino’s Pizza set out to do a brand refresh, their ad agency questioned what to do with their old signage and store materials. This resulting answer is a project called Second Hand Logos, where 10 artists set out to create artwork utilizing old Domino’s Pizza brand assets.
This bicycle wheel clock might just be the best upcycled clock we’ve ever seen. It’s made with a bicycle wheel and vintage yardstick hands. We really love the chalked roman numeral numbers and the way it integrates with a chalkboard wall. Read on to find out how to make one for yourself.
It’s always handy to have some occasional seating/side table options. Imagine the scenario, you’re hanging around on your hammock and need a place to rest your book or feet. This upcycled ottoman pouffe would be perfect for that. It can be made from any rug and can be stuffed with old pillows and cushions. Read on to find out how to make your own upcycled ottoman pouffe.