The Recycled Home - DIY, Upcycling and Kintsugi

Updated: Mar 6, 2020

March 2nd is National Old Stuff Day here in the UK, where we celebrate all those bits gathering dust in the attic, items from bygone days and fresh starts. In a disposable world full of throwaway fashion and brand-new tech and items every single day, it’s easy to collect things that are almost immediately relegated to the back of cupboards, so Old Stuff Day can help you embrace recycling, upcycling and reloving.

We’ve always had an appreciation of antiques and well-made items, and sometimes the age can bring increased value. The philosophy of ‘antiques are green’ is still popular in a society that is ever more aware of the world around us and becoming an eco-friendly culture. Taking existing items and giving them new life, restoring or turning them into something new is the perfect way to populate your home with fresh ideas.

Here we look at three favourite ways to create your ‘Recycled Home’!


There’s nothing like the feeling of telling someone admiring something in your home that you made it. And DIY doesn’t have to be scary – it often conjures images of men with an array of tools – but you can find projects for all ages and skill levels. By making something yourself you can be sure of exactly where it came from and what went into making it; even a lot of the popular online sites selling furniture and accessories have bought a lot of them from other countries such as China!


Instead of throwing out the old and buying in the new, why not give the old a new lease of life? From re-upholstering a dated chair and painting a standard lamp and freshening it up with a handmade shade to creating that perfect garden planter from a pallet, the sky is the limit with what you can do. All you need is a bit of inspiration and creativity.


Kintsugi is a particularly wonderful way at looking at broken and old items. Originating in Japan, it is the art of repairing broken pottery and ceramics with a mix of lacquer and powdered fine metals. The Japanese are very proud of history and heritage, and the philosophy celebrates and shows the damage and repair of items as part of their ‘story’ rather than trying to cover it up with restoration, creating a beautiful addition.

There are a multitude of sites with ideas out there from easy little hacks to full blown creations, so whether you're looking for something to dabble in or are experienced and want a new project, you're sure to find something to fit your needs.

Click here to see our Pinterest board ‘DIY & Upcycling’ with some of our favourite ideas – and don’t forget to follow it to see future additions!

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