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:
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.
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!
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!
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.