I asked a couple of makers and bloggers to do The Great Upcycle Challenge. It has always been my belief that you don’t need money to have pretty things.
This challenge was to transform a previously owned item into a great upcycled treasure. The item could be one that was acquired from a vintage store, thrift store, or antique store. It could also use an item that you found abandoned on the side of the road. The cost of the item and materials used to transform the upcycle couldn’t exceed $15.00. Monday, I showed you how I upcycled a “left for trash table” to a really stylish piece of furniture.
Today I am featuring a project created by Griffin of The Design Itch. Besides having a cool name, Griffin, is the author of a blog that focuses on design projects around the home. Griffin also shares my love for all things vintage. She has a great eye for design and some of my favorite projects are her No- Theme Nursery and this lavish Pallet Sofa.
Hi everyone, I’m Griffin from The Design Itch and I’m thrilled to share with you my project for Carmody’s Great Upcycle Challenge. While I’m not typically drawn to woodland creatures, or figurines for that matter, I lucked out finding this pair of squirrels at Steel Magnolia’s Thrift Shop in Sanford for $3.50. The squirrels were marked Red Mill MFG which I discovered was a company that actually used pecan shells ground-up and placed into molds to replicate original wood carvings. Let me tell you, ground-up pecans are much harder than wood!
I had to purchase spray primer and white spray paint for $3.98 each and 1/2″x6″x24″ craft board for $4. So including my $3.50 squirrels this project came in just over the $15 limit at $15.46.
Here’s how I created the squirrel wall hooks:
1.) I cut the craft board down to fit the 17″ space between our bathroom door and adjacent wall. With some guidance from my husband, I did the cutting myself with our circular saw which was a first! (A table saw would probably work much better but that’s all we have).
2.) Then, I spray primed and painted both the board and the squirrels white to match the bathroom walls (thanks to this project I finally got around to painting the room’s builder-grade beige walls white!). In painting everything white I wanted the squirrels take on a more sculptural effect while sort of blending into the space, as it is quite small.
3.) I screwed the squirrels to the board through the backside of my craft board. This proved to be a bit of challenge because as I said, ground-up pecans are MUCH harder than wood and I broke a couple screws in the process.
4.) I finished off by screwing the board with mounted squirrels into studs in our bathroom wall to ensure it could handle my toddler tugging at it.
So far the hooks have worked out great! They solved a functional issue in our bathroom and the squirrels play up the existing decor in the space which includes: faux taxidermy plaques, a wood veneer and ribbon chandelier, and some dot art. Who knew woodland figurines could be so versatile!
Wow- Great Job Griffin! I think I will let that 0.46 cents slide due to the fact that these woodland towel hooks are amazingly cute. I am loving this challenge and seeing what the creative mind can accomplish for a few dollars.
Check back this Friday to see what Margaret of Gritgoods Jewelry created for some The Great Upcycle Challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Carmody
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