This August Challenge Theme is Upcyle! I love to upcycle things, give them a brand new life and turn them into something beautiful and useful. This time I was inspired by my kid’s reading habit and a Pinterest post; IKEA Besta Hack – DIY Seating Bench Perfect for Small Spaces. Yes, I made a bookshelf bench out of an old bookshelf. It’s small bench with enough spaces for books. Kids would love to sit on a bench with their favorite books stored underneath it. My DIY Upcycled Bookshelf Bench is super easy to make. But before I move on, let me explain a bit about The Sustainable Pinterest Challenge.
The Pinterest Challenge has had a bit of a reboot for 2022 and is now the Sustainable Pinterest Challenge. Each month I join a group of creative bloggers and we select a pin or two that we feel inspired by and give it a go. Starting in January 2022 the Pinterest Challenge has a sustainable, eco friendly twist to it. All the projects shared will have something about them that involves recycling, upcycling, a general ethos of reducing waste and using what we have. It’s not about beating ourselves with a stick, it’s just about giving thought to how we can make small changes in our lives just a little more sustainable and reduce our impact on the environment.
Last month’s theme challenge was “Reduce Single Use” and I made an DIY Tiered Tray Upcycled Cookie Tins. For this month theme “Upcycle” as sustainable as a base to any of our challenge projects, I upcycled an old bookshelf into a bookshelf bench for kid’s reading nook.
Things To Prepare
An old bookshelf and a nice comfy pillow seat are the main things for a new bookshelf bench. Let’s see what are the short list supplies that are used to make this DIY Upcycled Bookshelf Bench :
- White wood paint
- Pillow seat
How To Make
Super easy to make since I painted everything in white. I like it in white because it’s like a blank canvas that will contrast to everything that you put on the bookshelf bench. Anyway, follow these easy steps on how to make DIY Upcycled Bookshelf Bench :
1 . I cleaned my old bookshelf before I started to paint it with white. All white! Let it dry.
2. Get a pillow seat that matches your bookshelf bench. Don’t forget to lay the bookshelf horizontally before you start to style your bench. I have the pillow seat in red that contrasted the bench. And all the books are like the colorful paint that decorating the white bench. I also add an adjustable white desk lamp.
Now, let’s take a look at what the other Sustainable Pinterest Challenge participants have made for their “Upcycle” challenge.
List of all participants
Julie | Sum of their Stories
Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Julie | Treasures Made From Yarn
Lydia | Life Beyond the Kitchen
Terri | A Good Life
Ann | The Apple Street Cottage
T’onna | Sew Crafty Crochet
Donna | Modern on Monticello
Allyson | Southern Sunflowers
Mel | Decor Craft Design
Here’s the list of projects :
You can also view the projects from below Inlinkz.
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