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Recycled, Reupholstered stool

 Upcycling an old stool into a statement piece is as easy as...

 Materials:
1 stool
2-3 cans of spray paint (depending on size)
Masking tape (or painter’s tape)
1 burlap sack
Scissors
Pliers (needle-nosed are best)
Staple gun
Reupholstering staples
Cardboard (or newspaper)

Directions:

Step 1: Begin removing any upholstery on the stool by flipping it over so the cushion is facing down. Using pliers (needle-nosed are best), begin pulling out staples to detach the fabric. You may find several layers of fabric (we had three!).

  

Step 2: Cover the areas that you don’t want to spray paint with masking tape. Make sure the tape is secure so the spray paint doesn’t seep through the tape.

Step 3: Shake can of spray paint for 1-2 minutes. From a distance of 8-10 inches, lightly coat the non-taped portions using a sweeping motion. Let dry.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 for a second coat.**You may have to repeat Step 3 for several coats depending on the color of your stool and how well it absorbs the paint. Painting the dark legs white took many layers for thorough coverage.

Step 5: Remove tape from stool and let dry.

Step 6: With the stool upside-down on the “wrong side” of the burlap sack, trace the diameter of the stool cushion onto the burlap sack. Try to center the stool so that the desired design will overlap the cushion. 

Step 7: Using scissors, cut a large circle several inches larger than the traced circle, allowing for extra fabric on all sides for tucking the fabric under.

Step 8: With the stool still upside-down on the wrong side of the fabric, begin folding the excess fabric around to the underside of the stool. Using the staple gun loaded with upholstering staples, secure the burlap to the stool. *Optional: fold over a 1 inch hem with the burlap underneath the stool before stapling to create a smoother underside, and to prevent the burlap from fraying. 

Step 9: Repeat Step 8 around, making sure to pleat the fabric to create smooth folds, and use the scissors to trim excess fabric underneath. 

 

 

UPCYCLED GEOMETRIC TERRARIUM

An elegant, easy DIY to bring a beautiful touch to your home's interior.
Inspired by: http://www.buzzfeed.com/21-easy-ideas-for-adorable-diy-terrariums

Materials:

1 Geometric Light Fixture from the ReStore (make sure there will be something to hook chains onto)
1 Utility Hook w/ Drywall Anchor
1 Drill (for mounting utility hook)
2 - 3 Handfuls of Horticultural Charcoal 
1 Bag of Potting Gravel/Aquarium Pebbles
1 Bag of Potting Soil
1 Golden Pothos Ivy (or any other plant you choose!)
1 Hanging Lantern Chain
*Optional: Plyers (for cutting lantern chain)

Directions:

Step 1: Wipe down inside and outside of light fixture with a damp cloth.
Step 2:
Put down a thick layer of potting gravel. Aquarium pebbles serve a good substitute for potting gravel in case the gravel is difficult to find.
Step 3:
Layer a thin coat of horticultural charcoal atop the potting gravel. 
Step 4:
Add potting soil on top of the charcoal, making sure there’s enough soil to cover the plant roots and allow room for 1 inch of growth.
Step 5:
Plant the golden pothos ivy in the layer of potting soil.
Step 6:
Determine where you’d like to hang your plant and use the drill to mount the utility hook to the ceiling, following any additional instructions provided by the utility hook packaging.
*Optional: Cut hanging lantern chain to even, desired lengths using plyers to unhook links.
Step 7:
Attach one end of the chains to the light fixture, and attach the other end to utility hook. and enjoy your new geometric terrarium!

 

 

 

UPCYCLED AIR PLANT HOLDERS

Simple décor that incorporates nature and upcycling into a sleek, modern design, and they only cost a few dollars to make!
Inspired by: http://www.poppytalk.com/2014/04/minimal-copper-airplant-holders.ht
See a step-by-step video for the project on this Studio512 segment.

 

                                                   
       

Hanging Air Plant

Materials:
1 PVC pipe elbow (1 -2 inch diameter)
1 durable cord or twine (2-3ft long)
1 can of spray paint in desired color                   
2 air plants
1 sheet of newspaper or cardboard

Directions:
Step 1:
Wipe down the PVC pipe elbow with a damp cloth, cleaning the inside and outside. Let dry.
Step 2: Lay out newspaper or cardboard in a well-ventilated area and place PVC pipe in the middle. From a distance of 6-12 inches, lightly coat one side of the PVC pipe. Let dry.
Step 3: Turn PVC elbow over and repeat step 2.
Step 4: Thread cord through elbow and tie a knot. 
Step 5: Arrange air plants on either side of elbow. Make sure they are secure, but do not compress too tightly.
Step 6: Hang and display your new living artwork!

Tips: Hang in bright, indirect sunlight or under fluorescent light if kept inside of a home or office.

     

 

Mounted air plant trio

Materials:
3 short PVC pipes (3/4th to 1 inch in diameter)
1 thin piece of reclaimed wood, approximately 12 inches long
1 large sawtooth picture hanger
2 small screws or nails (to mount the sawtooth picture hanger)                
1 hammer
1 can of spray paint for PVC
1 can of spray paint or stain in dark color for wood 
1 sheet of newspaper or cardboard
1 Loctite 4g Ultra Gel Control Super Glue Bottle
3 small air plants

Directions
Step 1: Wipe down the PVC pipe elbow with a damp cloth, cleaning the inside and outside. Let dry.

Step 2: Lay out newspaper or cardboard in a well-ventilated area and place PVC pipes in the middle. Shake spray can for 1-2 minutes. Test spray in an inconspicuous area for compatibility. From a distance of 6-8 inches, lightly coat one side of the PVC pipe using a sweeping motion. Apply 2 to 3 thin coats, wait 15 seconds between each coat. Let dry.*Optional: Smooth out reclaimed wood with sandpaper. When edges are smooth, lay on newspaper or cardboard and spray paint according to the instructions in Step 2, or use a wood stain. Let dry.

Step 3: Flip PVC pipes over and repeat Step 2 for areas not yet painted. Let dry.*Optional: Repeat with spray or stain for other side of reclaimed wood. Let dry.

Step 4: Center the sawtooth picture hanger on the backside of the reclaimed wood. Using the hammer and corresponding nails, secure the sawtooth hanger to the wood. 

Step 5: Flip over so the front side of the wood is facing up. Play with positioning the PVC pipes along the length of the wood. You may want to use a ruler to make sure the space between each pipe is equal.*Optional: Lightly sand the PVC pipe where you are going to apply the glue for more durable adhesion. 

Step 6: Apply glue sparingly to surface of PVC pipe in a straight line. Press PVC pipe to wood and hold for 15-30 seconds. For increased strength, leave bond undisturbed for at least 5 minutes. Repeat for remaining two pipes.

Step 7: Arrange air plants in each of the three pipes. Make sure they are secure, but do not compress too tightly. 

Step 8: Mount and display your new living artwork!


Tips:Hang in bright, indirect sunlight or under fluorescent light if kept inside of a home or office.

    

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