“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” ~ Oscar Wilde
There are days when I just get a huge burst of motivation and inspiration for upcycling. So much so, that if I don’t find something to create, build, reuse in some way, that I think I would most likely go crazy (ok friends I hear you…, crazier than I already am 😉 ) On these days, you may think I would run out to my nearest thrift store, junk store, or antique shop to find something to re-create, but I actually shop my own home & outbuildings & ‘junk’ piles. I simply walk around my home, yard, & outbuildings looking for something that jumps out at me, and tells me to use it, and when I find the item I instantly know how I’m going to use it! Really. I don’t know how or why I was blessed with eyes that are able to do this, but they do, and for that I am very thankful.
A few weeks ago, I was doing that exact thing, and walking around my chicken coop and barn where I have some items that I haven’t used for anything yet, when I came across a beautiful blue/green wood ladder, and I told it “You are going in my house, right now.” (ok, so I talk to my stuff sometimes, admit it, you do it too!) I put it up over my shoulder, and hauled it inside, placed it behind the brown chair in the living room, where there was a lonely empty corner on the wall, and boom, the corner ladder shelf was born.
Just. Like. That.
Easy as , 1.) Pick from your own house/location , 2.) Place item in new spot for a new use , & 3.) You have successfully upcycled!
I bet y’all are more than ready to see my ladder shelf right?! You’ve been patient, so here it is;
I just love the way the ladder looks in the corner, it adds some great height to the room, and draws your eyes up. It also adds great texture, character, and I feel it tells a story when you look at it by triggering thoughts about its history.
Open your eyes to see things in ways other than what they really are. Once your eyes are wide open, and you use them more in this way, you will be entering into a whole new world of upcycling, and appreciating beauty in items that others may just toss away.
Thanks for reading,