Heavy industry has a lot to answer for, but as individuals we certainly can do our bit to combat climate change.
There are many things that we can upcycle, one of the most popular upcycling projects that we can get involved with is repurposing wooden pallets that would not have otherwise been reusable for their original purposes. Let’s face it; a half-decent shed will cost you at least ?200, so if you fancy getting a new one for your garden, why not build a shed out of old wooden pallets? Another brilliant idea for upcycling pallets is to convert them into chairs and tables for use in your garden! Walk into the store of any High Street furniture retailer and you will no doubt be taken aback by the prices charged for wooden storage chests.
Chandeliers, candelabras, and light fittings are for the most part pretty similar and lacking in character. A clever use for old pallets, bricks, cardboard, carpet and flowerpots is to create a bug mansion!
The summer months are great for drinking some sweet lemonade, and if your children are quite enterprising (and handy at create lemonade), you could build them a lemonade stand made entirely out of old wooden pallets! This is a door I designed and built for my tinyhouse on wheels but, it could be applied to any inside door!
Glass fuses are common, especially in older homes and appliances and periodically, they burn out. Welcome!In this instructable we will describe how to build a real Portuguese brick pizza oven. This kitchen roller cabinet is a neat little project i came up with to add a bit more counter top space and a place to keep the garbage can at the same time.
I Have been building a deck on the back of my house for the past month or so and have finally got to the portion of laying the deck boards.
Ive recently bought a new house and have given my two kids permission to design their room anyway they wish.
I have two beautiful children that I love to photograph (even if I stink at it), but every time I took a photo in the kitchen I would feel it was too busy or just not complimentary. Have you ever thought how much nicer your walls would look if you couldn't see the cover plates around your switches and outlets? Background:I have lived in my current house for over 14 years with the existing locks never requiring to be changed. Not for the faint of heart, this is only one part of a bigger renovation of an apartment that I had started last summer and am still working on till this day. Here is a very cheap, very convenient, way to paint at the top of a ladder without having to hold both a brush and a paint bucket.
In this instructable we will make a gate, that from the outside, looks like a normal section of a fence. For quite some time now I've been dreaming of having a dedicated space to be my woodworking shop. When I first saw one of these hanging fire pits, sometimes called a porch-swing fire-pit, I just knew I had to build one.
When I replaced my ancient one piece range with new appliances I was left with a big swath of unfinished drywall. This was a mistake that had awesome results so I decided to use it as my first instructable.
Upgrade an OLD Metal Shed ExteriorLots of people have one of those dented, rusting old tin sheds wasting away in the back yard where they keep the yard tools, lawnmower, and associated stuff, and cringe every time they see it.
Wanting some privacy from my neighbors while still being able to enjoy the view of Manhattan from my small 5ft x 9ft balcony, I came up with the idea to create a corner dining booth by making 2 privacy panels.

To start, we built a frame using 4x4's anchored into the ground at about 3 feet and concrete blocks (to keep the pallets off the ground).
We built only three of the four walls because we were undecided about the type of door and we chose to leave the front open at this point but you get the idea. We built the roof framework using 2X4's turned on their sides and secured with roofing brackets. And we added a small pallet deck to the outside so Lester could access his door easier and the entry was kept clear of water. If not, then in a nutshell it is an annual event held on the 22nd of April, and the idea behind Earth Day is to raise awareness about the negative impact of climate change on our planet. The person who built the shed in the photograph above also recycled tin cans for the roof, how ace is that! But if you aren’t the DIY type, a company in Wimbledon called Gas & Air Studios will happily create some smart designer pallet chairs and tables for you!
If you have a bit of DIY know-how, you could craft your own chest using some discarded pallets.
So why not go for an authentic, unique look for your home by converting some old wooden pallets into lamp shades?
Simply stack the pallets up and fill them up with the aforementioned items, and watch it get turned into 5-star accommodation for your garden dwellers. But if you have a balcony, you could repurpose some old wooden pallets into vertical gardens.
I wanted something low profile and kind of modern looking, so I could maximize the amount of shelves I put up.
After many winter months with the house being closed up, the fresh air of spring is a welcome guest. If you want things done right, you have to do it yourself.The apartment was a space at my mother's place which went unused for a long time.
The main reason someone might want to insulate the garage is simply because they spend time in there. It can be installed on a ladder in 2 minutes and uses a removable disposable beer cup to store the paint.
Without air sealing your attic you are allowing warm air to escape from your home carrying with it your hard earned winter heating money. In the past I've many different recommended methods, such as: special sprays or renting a steamer, none of which worked without lots of hours and tears. I had set my posts in concrete a couple of days in advance and when I went to build my gate I was running out of daylight so I decided to make a solid panel and wait to build the gate the following weekend.
The old one currently sitting in her backyard is over 30 years old and the floors and walls are becoming unstable.
Not everyone uses the 4X4 frame, most of the sites I saw just bolted the pallets together but I wanted my building firmly attached to the ground. We built our walls 10 feet in length but this is determined by the size of pallets you are using.
This is a bit harder because the walls are heavy and have to be lifted on top of the first wall. This part kind of sucks because the pallets are hard to drill through and it's hard to work through the slats. This part is optional of course but we wanted a raised floor as we plan to add sub-floor boards and seal in the walls to make our shed weatherproof.
We also cut out a special cat door for Lester as this is going to be his new home once the old shed gets torn down.

Even without the sub-floor and linoleum (yes linoleum, recycled from the laundry room) this shed is already warmer and more airtight than the last one. First we sealed the outside gaps using water resistant weather stripping and additional 2X4 pieces.
We are hoping to finish the interior walls tomorrow (assuming no rain as rain inhibits the use of the saw) and start adding the floor linoleum. They look pretty sweet, and you can wood stain them if you want to add some extra colour into your living room! And if you have any leftover pallet, you could even make an attractive carved wooden sign too! When my sister moved into her house, she was a little indifferent about her basic window trimmings. I moved them closer to me and swore I would put all my own resources as well as every last ounce of energy I had into it if they would just agree to move. My husband had changed floors in the whole house a couple years before I started this project.
These help to channel the water down to the ground where it is either stored in a rain barrel or simply diverted away from the building. This requires strong helpers by the way, three of these attached end to end is quite heavy. We used this because we found it for free on Craig's List and it provided abundant natural light without having to cut out a window.
FM wanted the shed to match the house so she went with vinyl siding (the cheapest option) We ended up finding a super deal from a private party via Craig's List so it got even cheaper.
Upcycling is the process of repurposing items that would have otherwise been destined for landfill. Problem is the shed is large - about 10 feet by 15 feet with a 12 foot roof - and was very well built with a raised floor, built in shelving and storage rafters. But this required an underlayment of some kind so we used a thin OSB.I would recommend using vapor barrier if you go this route, which we did not as it costs a LOT of money - we chose to seal every nook and cranny and pray instead. To purchase a replacement even close to this one in size and made of wood (not plastic or flimsy metal) would be over $5k and even those aren't permanent structures. They are used to move heavy items from warehouse to shipping trucks and most companies don't re-use them (don't ask me why) so they end up in landfill.
In fact, the sources we found for pallets were begging people to take them off their hands.
If you need a work bench, storage shelves for your garage, a dog house, a kid's playhouse, a shed, etc.
The wood is solid (and free) and it's an awesome way to recycle high quality materials that would otherwise end up as waste. Oak is expensive and hard to find but oak pallets are tossed like trash everywhere, every single day.
For a little sweat equity, this is a great building method and it was an invaluable learning experience.Here's the process we used but keep in mind there are dozens of ways to go about this.

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