Today and tomorrow marks the culmination of a Scotland-wide, eight-week social media campaign to encourage people to upcycle and re-use furniture.
“Re-using things – whether that be through upcycling, donating unwanted items, or buying from a re-use store not only saves money – it is one of the best options for the environment since it prevents waste going to landfill and lowers the carbon emissions associated with manufacturing new items.”
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Tanya Rausch works on her project at the Funiture Bank Thursday. Five Aboriginal youth from Miziwebiik social agency are apprenticing in carpentry and upsholstery in the charity’s new funiture workshop.
Since the workshop opened in April, participants repaired, refinished or repurposed 1,000 pieces of furniture soon to furnish the home of a person or family in need.
via Furniture Bank breaks barriers to employment by training Aboriginal youth in carpentry, finishing and upholstery.
Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch counties recently held a contest to see who could best upcycle used furniture. A bench made from an old headboard was the winning piece, submitted by Joli Pichot, of Ogden. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity)
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Anneliese Bates with a bar created from an old piano.
Encore Reuse operates from Henmore Trading Estate, in Mayfield Road, and recycles old furniture, stopping it from going to landfill or from being dumped.
Good-quality furniture and household goods, which are donated, are sold in the warehouse.
But the charity makes itself sustainable by running an upcycling shop, located within the premises, called Vintage Green.
via Recycling becomes upcycling as Derbyshire charity turns old furniture into new chic items | Derby Telegraph.
Holey Smokes – these guys!
Malcolm Hopper, Phil Matthews, Stephen Pickering and Martin Hopkins from Top Drawer
“We are very concerned about this because a lot of people in the area rely on us. What we offer is top quality furniture at a good price and last year we provided more than 100 families with furniture – many had been homeless. We’ve also helped people with finding work in the area.
“We want to keep on serving the community and stay where we are, but without the support of the council we might not be able to.”
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Don Knight / The Herald Bulletin From left, Heather Chandler-Robleto and Jason Crist are owners of What Workz in Anderson. What Workz has been open for three months but Crist and Chandler-Robleto want to celebrate with an open house noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Even the space itself fights convention. The building used to be a liquor store and the owners are using it to their advantage.
Along the back wall they converted freezers that once stored cold beer into a giant tool box. Customers can peer through the glass doors at the materials and watch the two in their workshop.
“We want people to see us at work,” Crist said. “I don’t mind people coming up to ask me questions.”
What Workz has been open for three months but Crist and Chandler-Robleto want to celebrate with an open house noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. They’ll have face painting, a magician and free pizza from their next door neighbor, Columbus Pizza.
“We’re trying to get people in here to see we have other things,” Chandler-Robleto said. “It’s not just our art.”
The two said they don’t want people to mistake their place for a normal flea market. They describe many of the items for sale as things that have been repurposed or “upcycled.”
via What Workz to showcase art, repurposed furniture at open house » Local Business » The Herald Bulletin.
The discarded chair finds itself by the side of the road, but the story doesn’t end there.
“The Old Green Chair” is a richly illustrated children’s book by author Traudi Allen that tells the story of a decrepit chair, thrown aside after years of use that finds renewed life thanks to its positive attitude and a new owner’s clever imagination.
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“In many major cities, they had stores selling repurposed vintage furniture,” says Cardoso. “I have very eclectic taste in home decorating, and I try to be very green. I don’t want the landfill getting full.”
Located in a historic building on Bridge Street, the former site of the well-known Julia’s Lunch, Cardoso has set up a place that offers all kinds of eclectic home furnishings, including her specialty of repurposed furniture. Cardoso goes once a week to look for vintage furniture that she can use.
via New Padanaram business repurposes furniture | SouthCoastToday.com.
This is the year of “re” — renew, redo, recycle. Home furnishings in 2013 will repurpose, reclaim, revamp and reimagine.
A whole new generation of antique lovers has emerged. They’re young, energetic, not hampered by tradition. They don’t worry that a piece of furniture is antique — they change it, saw it, paint it. They update the hardware. They change its use from a record cabinet to a bar or a French hamper to a chandelier.
Take, for example, Susan Van Huss, who has a design studio in an old commercial building on Winthrop Avenue in the trendy area near 54th Street and the Monon Trail.
“As a furniture painting teacher, it tickles me that more and more women (and men) are jumping on the bandwagon to reuse what they already have in their attics, basements and closets — or are finding at fabulous stores.”
via Inspired interiors: A renewed interest in what was old for 2013 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.