A mum’s council clean-up trash transformation has gained her a legion of fans online who have called the upcycling effort ‘amazing’.
Kate Joel managed to turn a set of old furniture into a chic outdoor lounge set, using Bunnings and Spotlight products.
She told Yahoo Lifestyle that her friend sent her a photo of the rundown chairs and two-seater as she was riding past on her bike.
“When she sent me the photo I knew I had to have it, I kept zooming in and could see it was in mint condition,” Kate said.
“I rang her and said omg I need to have it, so here she was at 10:30pm at night the night before the council pick-up saving it from the rubble pile.
“She squeezed it into her little hatchback. I then drove down later on that night to get the double in my bigger car but it wouldn’t fit so I drove with it hanging out with the boot door open to her house and went back the next day with a trailer to pick it all up. Mission accomplished.
Kate took it home, where she sanded it down, took off the cushions and washed them.
She used Gilly's Australia Orange Oil to bring back the moisture in the rattan and painted it with Cabots Cabothane clear matte varnish, which she already had at home.
Then, Kate took the cushions to Joanne Cooke Dressmaking and Alterations at Bligh Park where she had the dressmaker sew on new waterproof covers, which she claims cost a fraction of the price of what an upholster would.
Kate was thrilled with the project, which she says cost around $70 for materials from Spotlight and $30 each for the sewing of the cushions.
“Always keep your eyes open on council cleanups because someone’s trash can definitely become your treasure..
People online were gobsmacked with the results, with one person writing: “Wow, talk about turning trash into something amazing. Takes a good eye to spot that and know its true potential, well done.”
Another wrote: “How beautiful. You have done an amazing job. What a transformation”.