Do you love a good repurpose like I do? I seriously love to see things brought back to life in new ways. Hey there, amazing Friends! Today I am rounding up 15+ ordinary items that I have repurposed in a new way.
It’s always fun to look back, and since I have been working my little DIY fingers to the bone outside on less fun/more important projects, AND I’m getting ready for our big annual neighborhood yard sale that is happening this weekend, I thought this was a great time to dust off some old projects!
Let’s start with this antique mirror I found for $10:
It had some age to it and I did like the detailed top, so for $10 at the thrift store, I brought it home. It sat in my garage for forever and by the time I went to make it over, the mirror was pretty scratched up, and it was super heavy anyway. I decided to ditch the mirror for a chalkboard. I also added a couple of hooks to add more function:
See more of this simple project HERE.
Up next are these pretty vintage aqua bowls and wooden candlesticks (there were two) I picked up the thrift store:
I used them to create this fun and functional tiered jewelry stand:
See how I did it HERE.
I also created this one the same way:
You can find this one HERE.
This next project was made with a combination of an old fence picket, a wood scrap, and a chair spindle:
I turned them into this cute tote:
That project is a perfect example of why I can’t throw anything away!
See more of it HERE.
Did you have one of these in your house in the 80’s?
I did. Mine was navy blue. When I spied this one at the thrift store, I immediately saw it as a cute cabinet, and got to work removing all that 80’s charm:
See more of this dated do-over HERE.
Here’s a simple project that gives new purpose to a wooden frame:
The addition of a fence picket, white-washed and cut to fit, turns it into the perfect tray:
See the full tutorial HERE.
For this next project, I used a drawer that came off of a dresser I made over:
I decided to turn it into a shelf:
Perfect for a bathroom, right? See the whole makeover HERE.
For Swap it Like it’s Hot Spring Edition last year, I received these items in the mail to make over from my blogger friend, Shanna from Restoration Redoux:
Hmm challenging eh? What would you make with these items?
I reconfigured all the wooden pieces and added a spindle to create this whimsical planter for my garden:
I shared how I made it from those items HERE.
I picked up this headboard at the thrift store for $10:
That center panel was just begging to become a chalkboard:
Adding the hooks across the bottom made it even more functional. See the whole transformation HERE.
Clearly I have a hard time passing up a good deal on a headboard. They are like a blank canvas sometimes.
I scored this one for $5:
For Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday, I turned it into a fun place to hang your towels or coats!
See how I made this over and read about my oopsie moment HERE.
Okay okay just one more headboard project! I found this spindle headboard for $20:
I knew this would make a gorgeous bench:
I was not looking forward to painting all those spindles though. See how I made light work of painting, and how I built this bench HERE.
This next project started out as a 99¢ CD holder:
I gave it new purpose as a caddy, perfect for organizing all kinds of things!
See how it came together HERE.
I stepped outside of my norm sharing what I did with these children’s clothes:
I even made the all the shoes. I made most of these pieces using one pattern. Check it out HERE.
I’ve repurposed a few of these small lamps. Here’s one I did just before Christmas:
It became a charming mini memo board:
See how I did it plus three more HERE.
I just shared a flatware box makeover, but here is another one:
As you know, they are fantastic repurposed as jewelry boxes:
See what the inside looks like HERE.
This project I shared earlier this year started as curbside trash:
The mirror was missing already when I found it, but it made the perfect frame for a memo board with the addition of a some chicken wire:
The next two projects are very recent, but they are great examples of how you can repurpose things.
First is this chair back I stole from my neighbor’s trash:
It became a functional shelf little shelf, and the hooks let it serve double duty:
I have not taken this to my shop yet. I’m not quite ready to part with it lol. It’s one of my favorites! 🙂
See how I made it HERE.
Lastly, everyone enjoys a good window project, right? Remember I picked this one up at a yard sale for $5?
After cutting all the awkward window edges off, it became a shadow box of sorts:
Perfect for displaying seasonal photos!
See how this project came together HERE.
If you want to see even more repurposing ideas…
Here’s 15 more!
I hope you are feeling inspired to see ordinary items in a whole new way!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing what I did with these frames I almost put out for my yard sale:
See ya’ll then! Have a great weekend. 🙂
UPDATE: See the cute thang I made with these frames HERE now!
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