Full step by step at http://alicevstokes.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/how-to-make-a-bed-from-recycled-paint-cans/
Ok, here it is, as promised, the bed from recycled paint cans, sticky tape, and cardboard!
Let me make it clear, I am not trying to set myself up as some kind of self professed DIY guru (although maybe I should start a blog site called just that…) or trying to turn this blog site into a site about how to make things out of recycled stuff. Of course my daughter has visions of becoming an overnight internet sensation from this post. If enough people want a bed out of junk, maybe she will!
I am simply a mum living in a place where furniture is expensive, money is tight, and there is so much that is discarded that is actually useful. I am often a woman on the edge, wondering how I am going to maintain a lifestyle that I want the kids to have in a country like Fiji where money is always tight.
I am also concerned constantly with the perception here of what is actually "trash" or "rubbish" as once something is discarded it is immediately viewed as that. All of the paint cans, lids and cardboard that I used would have otherwise ended up in landfill, a problem for my kids to have to worry about in their lives - heavy metals, paints etc leaching into the mangroves and the sea. Living in an island nation in the middle of the Pacific, the prospect of an ocean full of toxins and rubbish, and void of fish is actually frightening. I have once seen a fridge floating in Suva Harbour.
Our live in family recently increased from me, my husband and one teenager; to me, my husband and three teenagers. The two new teenagers arrived from Australia with a suitcase each that was filled with nothing that is actually useful in Fiji a land of alternating mud and dust - no towels, no toothbrushes, no sheets, just video games and high heels it seemed to me. Frustration and despair got me nowhere, but I must admit I felt it keenly.Anyway, with two extra kids, and no extra money or furniture, I had to pull myself together and see what I could come up with. If only I could work out a way to spin a towel or a sheet set from spiderwebs and butterfly tears, my world would be complete!
I didn’t, but I did manage with the help of my 15 year old daughter to make her a bed using only the below. The hardest part was being disciplined enough to pick up the stuff when I saw it in the dumpster and take it home, and to stop my family from trying to "tidy up my junk" every Saturday where they would try and put it all kinds of places to get it out of the way. Also, my nieces and nephews were constantly using the paint lids as frisbees and hurling them down the hill where I would often find them a week later.