Creative upcycling is more than finding objects and giving them a bit of a clean so they look shiny and new. Our kitchen bench is an upcycled engineering bench that was being thrown out by an Engineering department when its workshop closed. Incorporating this 60 year old bench into the design of the kitchen required its full refurbishment. The bench was disassembled so that the join could be re-glued. To work as a kitchen bench within our L-shaped kitchen, the drawers were also reversed and a kitchen sink inserted. The history of the bench remains and adds a real dimension to this working area.