FEBRUARY 2016 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 69)
Subject: FEBRUARY 2016 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 69)
Send date: 2016-02-01
Issue #: 69
FEBRUARY 2016 ISSUE 69
IN FOCUS: SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW PART 2By Nicole Kow
The first month of 2016 has already come and gone and we are currently approaching another festive season – Chinese New Year. It is the time for spring cleaning the home and even redecorating the place to make it a little different as we venture into the year of the Monkey. Upcycling has become a popular option for reusing existing materials and revamping them into something different yet functional. It is also a fun and useful way to revamp the home and getting family or friends to pitch in and bond. This issue, I’ll be featuring three projects that turns trash into furniture gems for the home.
Project 1: Egg Carton Mirror
Egg trays are always the first thing to be tossed at home because it is assumed that besides holding eggs there isn’t much use for it after. These simple cardboard trays are actually perfect for sound insulation just by lining them up on walls within a room. This is a cheap alternative when turning a room in the home into either a media, gaming or music room. Alternatively, cutting up the pods within a tray and gluing them together can create a whimsical rose which you can glue on to basic photo frames, trays and mirrors for a new look. Follow these simple steps to make your very own floral work of art.
Project 2: Tire Stool
Changing tyres is inevitable when owning a car and expensive for that matter. It can be a shame to just toss out a good piece of rubber at the end of the day, or… repurpose the old tyre into a new piece of furniture for the home. There are tons of ways to reuse a car tyre turning it into coffee table or a stool like I did in this video tutorial below. Some wood, rope and screws are all you need to get started on renewing an old tyre into a functional stool.
Project 3: Pallet Crate Console
Industrial areas are the best places to come across pallet crates that are about to be tossed out. These crates are usually used to stack goods during shipment and the wood is rather hardy. Once they’ve served their purpose, they are disposed of and the wood is not always recycled. This is a good project to not only repurpose wood but it is a small contribution to save the planet or rather go-green. Pallet crates too can serve many purposes in the home for furniture. In this video tutorial, I will show you a simple way to create a rustic pallet crate console to display your favourite pieces in the home.
To imagine that some of these pieces are sold commercially. It goes to show that with a little work, creativity and imagination these items which are so easily disposed of once they stop serving their primary need can be transformed into unique and functional homewares.
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