Would you Rather

Upcycle or Repurpose? And is there a difference?

Some crazy DIY folks believe there is a stark difference. Stick with me, this it might get weird.

Repurpose to me is just that; to make use of something for other than its intended purpose with little to no modification.

For something to qualify as an Upcycle to me, I have to make some modification (think paint, new upholstery add-ons like legs/wheels etc.)

Why can’t something be Upcycled and Repurposed?  Huh?  Who says it has to be one or the other? Some crazy DIY folks that’s who. Before you get your feelin’s hurt, all DIYers are a little touched, myself included.

Since I am a bit of a rebel I’m going to blow your DIY mind with projects that are both Upcycled and Repurposed.

Now, somehow this stud has managed escape social media for the last couple months.  He was one of my snowpocalypse projects that a super cool gal named Jennifer special ordered.  I like these kind of special orders because it was basically:

Jenn:  I want a suitcase table.

and I was all: okay I have a suitcase and a table base do you trust me?

and she was like: Yeah I do. Just let me know when he’s ready.

He’s so whimsical. I’ve been meaning to ask Jenn if any point he’s launched into “Be Our Guest.”

Suitcase Table - The Junkery

This is my second attempt at a suitcase table and I’ll give you one tip: use a single base.  Those four leg ones are adorable but not as easy as one would think to assemble.  Some crap about it needing to be level…I don’t know.

Next up is this dresser drawer turned blanket chest or in my buyer’s case a great entryway catchall for backpacks, jackets, shoes and the like.

Drawer Blanket Chest - The Junkery

He is on casters so he slides easily under the bed or around the room behind your toddler as you pick up after that little natural disaster.  I could not get over the detail on the drawer and that is the original handle.  Side note: I had four of these drawers to begin with.  Can you imagine how huge that chest of drawers must have been to house all four of those beasts?

My absolute most favorite thing to do though is find unique uses for great Junk.  Not always using an old piece to create something new but using old things for a new purpose.

This yellow Ironstone mug succulent planter is precious and about the only thing I can manage to keep alive.  I’d consider this to be a thoroughbred repurpose.  I did nothing to this other than plop that sucker in there.

Mug Succlant Planter - The Junkery


In the interest of truth in blogging and because I usually like to be the one that says what everyone else is only is thinking “repurposing” and “upcycling” can become real sketchy territory. We have all seen it, you know that stuff on Pinterest or Etsy that you mouth the word WHYYYY as you move your face closer to the screen to get a better look. Doll parts into earrings or chamber pots into herb gardens, no, just no. Now, I am all for creativity but really that chamber pot should have just stayed chamber pot.

Do you have any Repurpose or Upcycle Fails?

Of course I don’t aside from that 4 legged, slightly wonky suitcase table.

Thanks for reading



2 thoughts on “Would you Rather

  1. Angelique

    I too love to repurpose and upcycle. And yes–you CAN upcycle and repurpose at the same time! I love that you made the distinctions between the two, as they really are two seperate things. I’ve done a suitcase table as well and it was an adventure to say the least.
    I can’t wait to be settled (out of the military life) so that I can run a booth with all of my junk-turned-treasures. We currently have a storage unit full of things that I did not have time to sell before we recieved orders to Germany.

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