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We are one step closer to finding the nation’s 'Upcycler Of The Year'! Our judging panel have narrowed it down to the top ten entries and the voting is now OPEN. Take a look below and make sure you vote for your favourite for them to be in with the chance to win over £750 worth of Ryobi ONE+ crafting tools.
Voting closes on the 5th April 2020. T’s& C’s can be viewed here.
"Here is my proudly up-cycled T.V stand which combines three of my favourite things – wood, DIY and re-purposing unloved items.
I used pallets from a grass delivery to create an area to store electronics and give much needed extra storage space.
I cut the pallets to the required shape, routered the edges straight and sanded to give a smooth finish.
Each of the drawers were made to fit the slightly different openings and to keep cost down I used the pallet off-cuts for the drawer fronts.
Lastly I bought hardware and installed wheels so the stand could be moved easily."
Total Votes - 1857
"I have created this tree house for my 3 year old son, it has be made from wooden pallets, fence posts, fence panels and reclaimed mdf. Using my Ryobi impact driver to drive the long securing screws into the fence posts and pallets has been a massive help. The project has been painted by my lovely wife in a wide choice of colours. The tree house even comes with a pallet made seat."
Total Votes - 630
"Utilising an old Ikea dressing table and leftover tiles from multiple bathroom projects, my upcycling project saw me create a mobile bar for my garden. By adding some new materials as well as integrating a beer fridge and adapting the drawer unit to hold a cool box as an ice store it was the perfect addition to our summer BBQ season at minimal cost alongside use of my Ryobi One+ drill and multi tools to help!"
Total Votes - 120
"I took this caravan when it was really old and decrepit, and using mostly recycled materials, I rebuilt it to become a temporary kitchen. Most of the wood is pallet wood, and come from my in-law's farm, as well as all of the metal bits and pieces. It took me about 11 months to complete.
I hope all tree photos have uploaded, otherwise here photo number one."
Total Votes - 103
"I up-cycled some scaffolding boards that I found on the street into two bedside tables as a Christmas present for my girlfriend and thought they turned out nicely! I hope you like them as much as she did!"
Total Votes - 97
"It started with a disused corner of the garden, reclaimed doubled glazed units, a rusty pub table, tiles from a demolished house, old roof slates, sets dug up from a garden, old bricks from all over the place, a vine in a broken pot, a damaged front door, old timber, salvaged and gifted stained glass and a touch of insanity. It took ages and I had to buy a second Ryobi drill to save time switching between screwing and drilling. Finished off with a false window picture of willing helper Geoff. Coffee and biscuits are on the way."
Total Votes - 37
"We wanted decking for the garden but it worked out too expensive so I bought some pallets, sanded them, painted them and lay them next to each other. I then made some Pallet furniture to go on it."
Total Votes - 23
"Wine rack made from 2 pallets, cutting the slats into 4 strips, then cutting to size, etc using my ryobi circular saw, sander and drill."
Total Votes - 17
"My wife found these 2 chests of draws early last year and chose to buy them for me to upcycling for her. After seeing how roughly the chalk paint had been applied we chose to remove the paint and then repaint them. After a couple hours of paint removal I fount this beautiful veneer covering the cabinets. A lot more sanding with the orbital sander working through the grades left us with 2 units that are way to pretty to cover in paint so I chose to varnish the cabinets and just paint the draw fronts to match a theme in the room. I made the handles for the fronts of the draws using plumbing fittings and then clear lacquered them to prevent tarnishing. They are fitted through the original holes for the old handles. Not the most complex of restorations, but one of the most pleasing aesthetic changes I’ve done in a couple years. Over a year since I completed these now and I still admire the finish that’s achievable from such meagre beginnings."
Total Votes - 4
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