Organising Chaos

trying to bring beauty and order into a busy life



I love the saying ONE MAN’S RUBBISH IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE. It is so true, we all have different styles, different visions and we are conditioned differently. We all view life and objects from different perspectives which makes the world a beautiful place full of diversity and change.

A few days ago I had to go to the recycling centre to bring some fairy lights that had died in active duty. While I was dropping the lights in the electrical bin, I found something that I knew I could use. To be honest, I don’t know what it was originally. It was in two parts, there were metal tubes and baskets and it was obviously something electric as it was in the electrical bin (I am very clever that way). I decided to take only one base and three baskets. This would be my new fruit bowl or bowls, technically.
Someone's rubbish...
I needed a new fruit bowl. A tiered one. After many years of just putting fruit in a bowl, I have learned that fruit needs to be organised. Citrus fruits should stay away from apples and they tend to get squashed. As for bananas, don’t start me on bananas. They need their own private island! And this just landed in my hands! I think this is destiny!!!

I returned to my car full of pride. I love free stuff and especially free stuff that I can up-cycle and personalise. This is definitely the case with this new find.

I decided to spray paint the base a soft blue colour and the rest old white.I had some left over spray paint from other projects which means that project is completely and utterly free. I love it.
Spray Painting the baskets
After spray painting the base, I decided that I wanted more colour. I bought these beautiful tissue serviettes a while back and I had a couple of them left after the holiday’s celebrations and I knew they would be perfect on the base of my new fruit bowl. Decoupage is a great a simple technique: some PVA glue (or Mod Podge), a brush and a lot of love.
Painting and decoupaging the base
Decopaging the base of my fruit bowl
I love my new fruit bowl. I love that it takes up little space, I love that I can separate my fruit and that my bananas will no longer ripen the rest of the fruit and I love, love, love that it was free.Up-cycled Tiered Fruit bowlBase of my fruit bowl
My new fruit bowl
I will be taking trips to the recycling centre more often looking for treasures.

Have a fab day.
Chaotic Itzi

Organising Chaos

Author: chaoticitzi

My name is Itzi. I am a Spanish girl living in Ireland with the three boys of my life. I am a firm believer in up-cycling, that beauty makes us happy and that pretty things don't have to be expensive. I love my family, coffee and the sun. Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy it Chaotic Itzi


  1. what can i say? amazing. truly amazing. i’m utterly jealous. i’m never gonna find that ‘yoke’ in the recycling and be able to recycle it! great idea though.


  2. Yup! That’s genius! Not only did you make something from nothing, it looks fab!!

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  3. Reblogged this on Collection of Interests Blog.

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  4. Pingback: MY 5 FAVORITE UP-CYCLE PROJECTS | Organising Chaos

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