Review: How I use Gumtree to upcycle & revamp

Upcycling and revamping are all the rage these days and taking a previously loved item and either restoring it to its former glory or giving it a new lease on life as something other than what it was previously used for, is bang on trend.

I’ve long been a Gumtree devotee and have spent many an hour searching through the directories of what’s for sale. I always visit the home decor/interiors & antiques/collectibles sections as you never know what you may find – I found my current coffee table this way was for a mere R400 and hauled it off to be sprayed white (as has happened to most of the things in my home!)

I’ve been on the hunt for a printer’s tray for the longest time and found this beauty for sale in Durban North over the weekend and now it is mine :)
A quick trawl of pinterest yielded these awesome ideas for printer’s trays and so I have my work cut out for me to breathe some new life into this beauty:

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It got me thinking – what else could I find on Gumtree that could be upcycled?
So here are the results, with some pics from pinterest of what could be done to each item:

These wooden side tables are for sale for just R80 in Durban North – I immediately knew that a lick of paint could transform them – this paint ‘dipping’ technique is being used quite frequently these days to give a cool contrasting colour detail and accentuate the legs. Whilst their leg shape isn’t exactly the same as the pics I found on pinterest, the same effect could definitely be achieved.

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Next I found an old school desk for sale in New Germany for R480.
The ideas for school desks on pinterest were endless – I particularly liked the chalkboard painted top desk and the world map one – so easy to do with a bit of time and creativity!

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And lastly I found these ‘snake charmer’ baskets for sale for R300 in Umhlanga.
Again, the paint dipping technique is being used on baskets quite regularly these days and a quick google search brought up a whole heap of tutorials to achieve this effect.
What a difference a lick of paint can make!

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So, this little foray onto Gumtree has me full of ideas – I hope they have inspired you too.
Have you done any upcycling or revamp projects lately?
What have you bought on Gumtree in the past?

Make sure to keep following for more ideas in the future.

Good Food & Wine Show earlybird ticket offer

October sees the return of the Ultimate Foodie Celebration – The Good Food & Wine Show from 24 – 26 October 2014 at the Durban Exhibition Centre.

And for R140 you can see your favourite chef in action and get a FREE general admission ticket. There are only a limited number of tickets available on this special offer though, so get yours through Computicket now.

Here’s how:
Go to the Good Food & Wine Show event on the Computicket website
1. Click on the Chef of your choice
3. Select the number of tickets you wish to buy
4. Proceed to pay

Who are the Celebrity Chefs?
Choose one or chose them all – it’s up to you:
· Host of ‘Hayden Quinn South Africa’ on SABC3
· India’s Most Celebrated Chef, Sanjeev Kapoor
· Cake Boss’s Right Hand Man, Mauro Castano
· Food Network’s Spice Prince, Reza Mahammad
· Food Network Chef, Siba Mtongana

If you have any technical issues on Computicket please call: 011 340 8000


Terrarium DIY

Terrariums are very popular at the moment – have spotted them all over whilst I’ve been in Australia and I ogled over some beautiful ones at Opus Studios when I was last in Cape Town.
Loved this DIY tutorial I spotted on the Elle Decoration blog – if you are green of finger – give it a go!

Rocking the Daisies

Rocking the Daisies – possibly the best music festival in SA is happening at the beginning of October.
If you are planning on attending and don’t have your ticket yet – make sure to click here – full price tickets are now on sale and the event has sold out prior to opening day every year – get a move on…
Click the image below to enlarge to get the full low down on all the acts performing:



I was delighted to receive an email from Yvette at ArtEsense - an online store which stocks handmade crafts curated from markets and artists in SA. We have such amazing creativity in SA and our craft scene is growing in leaps and bounds, so anyone who supports it and gets the name of the clever crafters behind these creations out there, is awesome in my opinion!

The online store also supports organisations which help local crafters through social upliftment projects and Yvette nurtures a relationship with the makers of the products she stocks. ArtEsense currently stocks Woza Moya Crafts, Jodi Meirings’ Dolly Dinkle from Cape Town and The African Art Centre as well as a few other well-known Durban brands – Terry Angelos, Sue Edgar from Wild@Heart and Barbra Rishworth Jewellery.

Visit the site and check it out for yourself – and support local!