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Top Considerations—DIY Scouring

Now that everyone will be spending more time indoors—since it is officially fall (and I don’t know about where you live, but here in Vancouver, there was definitely a sudden shift from sunshine and clear skies to overcast skies and cooler weather the day before the official start of fall), I’m sure you will be looking for ideas on activities to do.
I’ve been getting lots of ideas and inspiration since I started working on the Habitat for Humanity ReStore/Vancouver Home and Design Ultimate Upcycle Challenge project.  You can see  the pieces I picked out to upcycle, and see the whole process here, if you follow the tag ultimate upcycle challenge.
  1. What do you need in your home? Whether it’s an end table, a new dresser, or just some new things to decorate your space, it’s a good idea to have some idea of what to focus on.
  2. Look beyond what you see on the surface—this includes the actual item, like a lamp, which you can use as something other than a lamp, but also the physical surface, which you can paint or fix up in some other way.
  3. What are you capable of doing yourself? I’m all for trying new things, but how much do you really want to take on? Something you think might be quick and easy – great for a weekend project could end up sitting in a corner for months of years because there is simply too much work involved to get it to look how you want it to.
  4. Can the piece handle it? You may want to add heavy tiles or something else to a piece, but make sure the structure is strong enough to support what you’d like to add to it.
  5. What else will you need to complete your project? Will you need tools you don’t have? You may be able to borrow or rent them, but also consider things like grout and paint when factoring in the cost and ease of completing your project.

What else should someone keep in mind when they are out looking for pieces to upcycle/decorate?

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