I think this whole upcycling movement is the best thing since sliced bread. I mean for a green conscious, eclectic, ever so slightly off the wall, arts trained girl like myself, the prospect of using old furniture to do new and fun things in the home is just too exciting!
I mean, now we can use suitcases to make old chairs, we are using old cake tins for flower pots, you might find salvaged railway sleepers in the garden being used as picnic benches, and of course let’s not forget about the multitude of new things to make storage and shelving out of!
One of my favourites at the moment are these funky shelf design ideas where the designers are using upcycled tables to create the most funky sets of shelves I’ve ever seen! They are using old coffee tables, occasional tables and even old desks with desk drawers to create the most incredible and interesting wall installations and storage units!
In this first image the funky shelf design idea is pretty simple. Here two old style coffee tables with those pretty scalloped edges have been sawn in half and stacked to create very simple yet striking set of shelves. They have been left their original dark wood colour which looks especially striking against the stark white wall in this minimalist environment.
In this second image the funky shelf design is a touch more eclectic. Here different upcycled tables have been used to create a Dr Seuss like wall unit including desk and shelving. I love the different levels and the way in which each table has different details. Some have those delicate little feet, some have scalloped edges, some have drawers, making the overall look very funky and a great deal of fun. Of course the fact that it is painted purple makes it even more eye catching and contrasting it against the otherwise simple white back wall!
Here a collection of smaller side tables, and coffee tables have been stacked against this wall in more compact formation to create a very funky shelving unit. The blue colour is gorgeous and also very eye catching and offsets the paler turquoise blue of the right hand wall panelling beautifully! This is a very funky set up, and I especially like the use of the negative spaces within the cluster as shelving too.