As Seen on the Today Show: Repurpose and Recycle Household Items
This morning I was on the Today Show talking all about upcycling! I grabbed a yoga mat, some coffee filters, and my old CDs and got my eco-craft on.
First up, putting that old yoga mat to use. Be sure to put it in the dishwasher to get it clean before reusing it in your crafts.
1. Dish Rack Mat – Yoga mats are super absorbent, so just cut and stick under your drying rack to keep your counter free of dishwater.
2. Jar Opener – Get those stubborn jars open by using the grip of the yoga mat to give you that little bit of extra leverage.
3. iPad Case – Just cut and stitch to make this super chic electronics case… for super cheap!
4. Flip Flops – These are perfect for an at-home spa day with the girls.
5. Hair Ties – Ran out of ponytail holders again? No worries.
6. Pin Board – The bright color of this yoga mat looks great in place of a cork board on your wall.
Next up to bat, coffee filters. These are especially great if you’re upgraded your coffee machine and you have a bunch of the old filters sitting in your cupboard.
7. Tea Bags – If you’ve recently switched from coffee to tea, don’t throw out those filters just yet! You can totally use them to support your new habit.
8. Gift Stuffing – Coffee filters are a great stand-in for tissue paper in a pinch.
9. Party Bowls – Don’t worry about breaking or washing a snack bowl at your next party, just fill ‘er up and toss when you’re done!
10. Potpourri Sachets – Throw a couple of these in your drawers to keep your clothes smelling nice and fresh.
Finally, all your old CDs/DVDs and their cases that are sitting around, gathering dust.
Hi, I'm Brit, the founder and CEO of Brit + Co. I'm a young mom of two, tech nerd and design-inclined lady who has a zillion hobbies and curious about... just about everything! My mission from the beginning has been to unlock women's creativity and courage to try new things so that they can find the path to their true passions.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)