No items are off limits when it comes to upcycling - everything has the potential to have a second life as something completely different
All around the home there are items that can be reimagined, like this creative upcycle from blogger Fanny Mercier and Rust-Oleum who has taken an ordinary wooden salad bowl and transformed it into a trendy lamp shade.
Up for an upcycling challenge? Follow the step by step instructions below to create your own bespoke lampshade.
You will need:
Round wooden bowl
Pendant light with plug attachment
Fine grade sandpaper
Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer – Clear
Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Furniture Paint – Gold
Small flat screwdriver
Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint – Chalk White
1. Select a wooden bowl, one with a flat base like the above can be used, however one with a curved base will work just as well. Measure the centre of the base and mark this with a pencil.
2. Using an electric drill, drill a hole big enough to fit the cord of your selected pendant light through.
3. Gently sand the surface of the entire bowl, keeping to the direction of the wood grain.
4. Paint both the outside and inside of the bowl with Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish Furniture Paint, one to two coats will be sufficient.
5. Paint only the outside of the bowl with Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint in Chalk White, one to two coats will be sufficient.
6. Once dry use sandpaper to distress areas of the outside of the bowl to reveal the metallic basecoat beneath.
7. To protect the finish apply a coat of Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer to both the outside and inside of the bowl.
8. To install the electrical system remove the sleeve using a small screwdriver, pass the thread through the hole created in the middle of the bowl and attach the cable clamp.
9. Reassemble the socket and screw in the bulb.
10. Hand in the place of your choice. Below the shade has be hung from a piece of painted drift wood screwed to the wall, adding an extra feature to the finished product.