15 More Ordinary Items Repurposed

15 Ordianary items REPURPOSED from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Back in the Summer of 2014 I rounded up 15 items that I gave an entirely new life to. That post is one of my most popular, so it thought it was time to go digging around my archives to bring you 15 more ideas for transforming ordinary items into new treasures. Enjoy!


Let’s start with this recent post using a thrift store shutter:


…as part of this cute shelf:

These candid shots are always my favorite...

Shutter Shelf


This Yard Sale Cigar Box…

makes a convenient place to hang your keys:

Turn a cigar box into the perfect place to hang your keys!

Cigar Box Upcycle


This lamp was part of thrift shop swap challenge…


I turned it into this sweet memo board with the addition of a frame:

Turn a thrift store lamp and frame into a memo chalkboard!

Lamp to Memo Chalkboard


This old flatware chest had seen much better days…


But luckily I came along and turned it into a functional storage piece:

Vintage flatware chests are perfect candidates for makeovers!

Stinky Gross Flatware Box Makeover


Another challenge I participated in was a one-tool challenge, where we could only use a drill. I decided to repurpose these spindles I found at an estate for $2:


into these whimsical wind chimes for my garden:

These wind chimes were created using old spindles

DIY Spindle Wind Chimes


This cabinet door was a left over from when we had to replace the cabinet above our fridge to accommodate our new taller one:


(Oh that UGLY floor!! SO glad we put hard wood in here…see that chaos HERE)

My Hubby knew better than to toss it, I turned it into a functional piece to store necklaces:

Cabinet Door to Jewelry Organizer

Cabinet Door Turned Necklace Holder


This past Fall I was challenged to make something out of these items:

The sweater became this adorable Owl and squishy pumpkin:

Upccycle an old sweater into this whimsicle Owl. Use the leftovers for a pumpkin or two! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Thrifty Sweater Upcycle


This $2 Thrift Store Teapot:
Teapot Garden Feature 8

became a fun Garden Feature:

How to Make this Whimsical Teapot Garden Feature

Teapot Garden Feature


This old $5 window…


made a perfect shelf:

DIY Window Shelf Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Window Shelf


This $30 thrift store headboard…


made one beautiful Mason Jar Blue Bench:

Mason Jar Blue (Junque Boutique Milk Paint) Headboard Bench from Confessions of a Serial Doi-it-Yourselfer

Mason Jar Blue Headboard Bench


This next project was another one power tool challenge using a jig saw. I turned this frame and drawer front…


…into a perfect landing spot for my kids’ backpacks:

Pair an old drawer front and a thrift store frame to create a simple hanging rack!

Curbside Drawer turned Organizer


This hotel headboard I found at the thrift store for a mere $4…


became an awesome Bed & Breakfast sign:

Cottage Inn Bed and Breakfast Sign from a Thrift Store Headboard

Headboard turned Cottage Inn Bed and Breakfast Sign


Here’s another inexpensive headboard…


that by adding a few pretty knobs, became a functional piece to hang coats and such:

Headboard Coat Rack

Headboard turned Coat Rack


An old picket fence I scored curbside…


can be so many things! Here I used one large section to create this Vintage-Inspired Beach Rentals Sign:

This beachy sign was made from old fence pickets. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Turn and Old Fence into a Vintage Inspired Sign


And finally…

I turned one of these frames and this polka dot estate sale scarf into a pretty tray for my dressing table…

Repurpose a favorite scarf by puttingit under tha glass in a picture frame turned tray!

Scarf Tray

This would be a great way to display a treasured scarf!

If you liked this post, here are 15+ more ideas for transforming everyday items into one-of-a-kind treasures:

Turn ordinary items into beautiful teasures! confessionsofaserialdiyer.com15+ Ordinary Items Repurposed

I hope you enjoyed looking back through projects of the past with me!

I’ll be back soon with the after of this antique beauty:


I  did something a little different instead of replacing the glass!

UPDATE: Check out how this pretty cabinet turned out HERE now!



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  1. So many great creations. I certainly look forward to 2016’s ideas1

  2. Love every one Christy!!! And how are you liking your hardwood floors by now? We have carpet and are thinking of changing to engineered hardwood. xoxo

  3. fabulous ideas- I love every single one!

  4. These are all such wonderful ideas! My two favorite are the flatware box and the bench!

  5. Love, love love all of these! You are so talented!!

  6. Thanks Christy for a beautiful post. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE the dresser with the fabric inlay! I have a little table with two drawers that I’ve been wanting to do something with for years and now know what to do. And you’re right. Who knew fabric would be easier to work with than paper. And you can fall in love with fabric. I can sew a straight line and sew a button but that’s about all. But when I walk into a fabric store I fall in love with everything! And thank you for mentioning the home-made chalk paint. I can do that!

  7. As always, I’m amazed at your creativity! I love your March madness series, and can’t imagine how you do it all! Pinning & sharing these so awesome ideas!!

  8. omg christy your home and garden is a combo of the most charming b&b inn, boutique store, and little cafe all combined!! LOVE your creativity!!!