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Max McMurdo collects other people’s trash to make treasures out of. I love to upcycle unused items to create something new. In his new book Upcycle Outdoors: 20 Creative Garden Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials by Max McMurdo uses reclaimed materials to bring great design to old junk.
Max explains where to find interesting scrap items for projects that cover Planters & Containers, Outdoor Structures, Eating & Entertaining, Furniture, Lighting & Accessories. Whether you want to create a fire pit from bicycle wheels, and outdoor plant display from a painted dressing table or a potting shed from three vintage doors, Max provides invaluable know-how on tools, techniques and materials. Some of the projects involve only a few simple steps and can be completed within an hour, others require a weekend of activity. Every project is designed to get you upcycling and recycling as you create designs to enhance your garden.
Max McMurdo officially started his career turning junk into treasure as a child crafting washing up liquid bottles into spaceships! After graduating from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 in Product Design and Visualisation in 2000, Max fulfilled his boyhood dream and became a car designer in Cologne, Germany.
In 2003 he established his business Reestore ltd with the aim to design and create a range of upcycled furniture and accessories from objects destined for landfill. By 2007, Reestore had won several design awards and featured in many galleries and exhibitions. Max successfully pitched it to the BBC’s Dragons Den for investment, and left with investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis. Reestore now has a client list that includes The Body Shop and has completed several installations for Google’s head offices globally. In 2014 the company won gold at the Chelsea Flower show with Kate Gould Gardens.
My two favorite upcycle outdoor ideas are Max’s Pallet Play Tent and his Lighting & Accessories both of these would be perfect in our side yard. The Pallet Play Tent would be a great edition to our play area for the kids, and I have plenty of pallets I could use for this idea. Although we do not have trees where we can hang lighting we have a tree house that needs some upcycled ideas to disguise the underneath part that is very plain. The hoarder that I am I have lampshades that we could experiment with for this idea.