Upcycled Vinyl: Vintage Records Get Home-Decor Spin

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upcycle vinylVinyl purists, look away. You may not want to see the artistic liberties young crafters are taking with your coveted records. But then again, you may want to decorate your home with these repurposed LPs.

In it's third year, Record Store Day (April 17th) was a worldwide success. Record stores and the people that love them celebrated for hours. Long lines of vinyl lovers waited their turns to flip through dusty boxes of platters to discover rare finds. And even though vinyl is getting newfound time in the spotlight (more artists are releasing their newest track or albums on vinyl and as of November 2009, sales of vinyl records had risen 35 percent in just a year), we have to face the fact that there are a whole lot of unloved or unusable albums out there. These vintage items can be found at garage sales, Goodwill stores and trash bins.

And while it may or may not make the music and vinyl fanatics happy, these groovy discs are finding new life as home decor.
Gone are the days of simply slapping the vinyl on a form, throwing it in the oven and calling it a bowl. Artists are turning their attention to this vinyl medium and creating some truly desirable pieces in the forms of wall decor, desk clocks and serving trays. It's not shocking to find a large amount of the design on Etsy -- that supercrafty crowd. But then there are artists like Carlos Aires whose vinyl wall silhouettes have been featured in international galleries.

So as we find ourselves wedged between Record Store Day and Earth Day (April 22), let's peruse just a sample of this sustainable decor for the home.

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Upcycled Vinyl: Vintage Records Get Home-Decor Spin
Artist Carlos Aires creates a whimsical cast of silhouettes out of cut vinyl records.
We've all seen the wavy-lipped vinyl bowl trend time and time again. This artist out of Portland gives hers bowls a fresh face with some acrylic paint and a mandala design. Check out her Etsy site for an amazing array of eye-popping colors!
Jeff Davis used 12 45 rpm records placed on 100% sustainable wood to create this mirror.
This takes the simple idea of an album clock (you've seen them before - a simple black record with just two hands to tell the time) and rocks it out with some handpainted detail.
Another great take on the vinyl record clock by Jeff Davis. This time the small 45-sized record mounted on an acrylic base is meant to be used for the desk. Another great feature - those numbers are cut out of the vinyl.
Slightly warped but highly functional, this vinyl has been turned into a soapdish.
You didn't think artists would let good cover art go to waste, did you? This Kansas-based artist has an array of covers that span all music types(from Metal to Country to Big Band)to create these "unbreakable" coasters. This one's all you, Johnny Cash.
Out of Auckland comes this pair of lovebirds carved out of Engelbert Humperdinck's "A Man Without Love." The artwork arrives in the original album sleeve.
Both the vinyl and the album cover are used to create this sturdy tray. The Colorado-based artist chooses some eye-catching cover art (B-52's, Mighty Mouse, Men at Work) to create these handy items.
A hand-painted, colorful design makes for colorful wall decor or an extremely psychedelic spin on the steel wheels when using this playable album.
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