Every now and then we come across a upcycler that simply blows us away. Say hello to Rupert Blanchard of Margate UK. Rupert Blanchard is a designer, maker and collector. He moved to London in 1999 to do a graphic design course at St. Martins and quickly discovered that the streets were paved “not with gold, but with rubbish”. Rupert Blanchard started salvaging finds and upcycling them into gorgeous, industrial-style furniture.
This scrap wood side table is awesome! If you’re like us, you likely hold on to odds and ends from various projects. This is a great way to use up some of the wood from your scrap pile. We love how all the different stains look together!
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.
Happy Earth Day Upcyclers! Today we are going to rock out a pallet coffee table. We love pallet furniture and this upcycled coffee table is super easy to make. We think the hairpin legs give it an awesome modern look! Read on to find out how to make your own pallet coffee table.
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.
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!
Here at Upcycle That we are constantly blown away by the incredible upcycling inspiration and ideas from upcyclers around the world. Australian Kristen Montgomery of Sneaky Boarding Design is one such upcycler. Kristen makes furniture and homeware from reclaimed materials such as pallets, skateboards and reclaimed wood. We’ve asked Kristen some questions about her process and where she gets her upcycling inspiration from. Read on to find out what she shared.
These upcycled chairs are the cutting-edge seats of Project99. They are built from used seat frames and upholstered with upcycled materials such as boat sails, street posters, inner tube tyres and industrial felt. Created by Dutch designer Stefan Louwerse, these are chairs with a story.
These gorgeous upcycled tables are created by Herso, a Dutch furniture making team. Herso create mixed wood tables by gluing small pieces of discarded wood together. Their mission is to create beautiful, high-quality wooden furniture from waste wood. The resulting seamless upcycled tables speak for themselves.
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