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A Quick Guide to Upcycling in Aberdeen

Upcycling is a term that we hear or see almost every day. Whether people Upcycle for environmental, creative or financial reasons it is proving to be more and more popular around the world. Many who have a property to rent in Aberdeen have turned to Upcycling as a way to decorate their property or to give their home a certain je ne sais quoi!

However, even though Upcycling is becoming ever more mainstream, there are many people (ourselves included) who don’t know much about Upcylcing. Therefore, PMC Management & Lettings spoke with Janet from http://www.i-heartart.co.uk/ about upcycling and how everyone can get involved.

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PMC
What is Upcycling?

Janet
Upcycling to me is taking something old and unloved and revamping it and giving it a new lease of life, either by changing it’s colour or purpose. It’s about thinking of new ways of using old products we have in abundance i.e. crockery, furniture, old frames and thinking of new ways to use it.

PMC
What items can be Upcycled?

Janet
Anything!! If you can think of a new use or new design for an item then it can be Upcycled. There’s the obvious choices such as re-painting furniture, but how about using chicken wire and old frames to create a noticeboard or old drawers to create box shelving. You can cut up old curtains and tablecloths to make new clothes, cushions etc. The list is endless!

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PMC
Why do you think there has been a rise in the popularity of Upcycling?

Janet
I think everyone is a lot more conscious of how much waste that goes to landfill and programmes like Kirsties Fill Your Home for free is really helping to inspire.

PMC
Who can get involved in Upcycling?

Janet
Anyone, as long as you’re willing to do the work anyone can dabble and it doesn’t have to be a big project such as reupholstering a wingback chair, start small – maybe decoupage and paint glass jars for storage or planters or use teacups and crockery as candles.

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PMC
What tips would you have for someone wanting to get involved in Upcycling?

Janet
The internet is a great source of ideas and inspiration – check out Pinterest, I get loads of ideas from there. Once you have an idea of what you want to do scour charity shops and jumble sales.

PMC
If someone wants to start Upcycling but doesn’t know where to start, what would be the best thing for them to do?

Janet
Check out Pinterest and online tutorials or come along to a class, you can find out about my classes on www.i-heartart.co.uk

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We want to thank Janet a great deal for taking the time to talk with us about Upcycling and how to get involved. If you are looking for inspiration for your first or next Upcycling project, check out Janet’s Instagram account at www.instagram.com/boboliddell or @boboliddell.

If you want to check out some of the awesome Upcycling and Vintage pieces that Janet has for sale, then check out her two Etsy stores at here: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/boboskitsandbobs and www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheVintageShoppy

If you have enjoyed this Quick Guide to Upcycling then please like and share this post with your friends and family.

If you wish to get in contact with Janet, then please visit her website: http://www.i-heartart.co.uk/.