15 Ordinary Items Repurposed

15 Ordinary Items Repurposed

Today I’m digging through my archives to bring you 15 ordinary items that I gave an entirely new life to.  You might never look at these ordinary items the same way again!


This was the drawer to the awkward “hump” in our babies’ changing table. When we cut the hump off, this was left:


I turned it into a mini bookcase to hold my son’s books:

Use an Old Drawer for a Mini Bookcase

Fun Drawer Upcycle


I found this painting at a yard sale for $2:


I replaced the painting with chicken wire and added fresh paint to create this chicken wire message board:

chicken wire message board

 Chicken Wire Message Board


I found these boring frames and this mirror at thrift stores:


And turned them into a place to hang my hand towels:


 New Life for Outdated Frames


This was also a thrift store frame that held this sweet (but dated) nursery print:


I added a little fabric and painted the frame to turn it into this pretty tray:


 From Old Picture to Pretty Tray


This pillow started out as a bed sheet and an ordinary pillow:


…before I turned it into a new accent pillow for my bed!

Pleated Pillow made from an old bed sheet from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


 How to Make this Adorable Pillow


I stole rescued this gate from my neighbors trash:


And made a sign for my in-law’s horse barn:


What to do with that Old Gate

 And a birthday gift for my Mom:

Love Lives Here Sign

Love Lives Here Sign


I found this headboard at a yard sale for $5:


And turned it into  a charming place to hang your coat or hat:

Headboard Upcycle fron Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


 What to do with that Old Headboard


I found this old picture at a thrift store:


A fresh coat of paint, and the addition of metal grate that we had in the garage from another project, and now it’s a magnetic message board:

Magnetic Message Board

 Magnetic Message Board


This cabinet door was one of four I sweet talked a lovely gentleman into letting me buy off of a cabinet he was selling. I didn’t have room for the cabinet, but I had plenty of room for the doors!

Cabinet Door Before

It is now the perfect place to hang jewelry!

Cabinet door to organizer

 Cabinet Door to Organizer


Last Summer I hit the motherload of discarded fencing, perfectly cut into 4′ pieces and stacked perfectly by the side of the road.


I have created several things with this fencing, including this pretty tray:

picket fence tray

 Old Fence Pickets to Pretty Tray


I found this flatware box at a thrift store for $3:


And turned it into a cute chest that could be used for just about anything!

Flatware chest repurposed

 Plain Old Box gets a Harlequin Twist


My son had outgrown his crib, but I was sad about getting rid of his crib set. So I turned part of his bumper pad…

Bumper pad

Into a cute pillow for his bed!

Pillow from Bumper Pad

 Bumper Pad to Pillow


This was another frame I found at a thrift store:


I turned it into a place to display our weekly menu!

Chalkboard Menu Board

 Menu Board


This is another picket fence picture:


This became a vintage inspired tool box:

DIY Wood Toolbox from Fence Pickets

 DIY Vintage-Inspired Tool Box


This trio of pictures was another thrift store find:

Wash, Brush, Floss DIY Bathroom Art

 I turned them into fun wall art for my boys’ bathroom (I even used leftover picket fence pieces here too!):

Then I used this method to transfer my letters and painted them in using acrylic paint: Usually when I buy something old and outdated, I have no idea what I want to do with it, but in time everything finds a purpose. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you updated anything ordinary to give it a whole new purpose?

Want to see more repurposing ideas? Here ya go!

Turn ordinary items into beautiful teasures! confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

15+ Ordinary Items Repurposed



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  1. I love all of these! You are so dang crafty!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Linda Petersen says

    Hi Christy~~~Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog & your creativity!!
    Everything you do is amazing~~~~you have been blessed ๐Ÿ™‚ . Thank you for sharing
    that gift & the tutorials that are easy to follow. Your blog is one of my most favorite.

  3. Sue Farmer says

    Such cute things you made!! I just love all of them.
    Hope you are having a great summer!!

  4. Love them all! It’s amazing how such simple things have so much potential! And such a fun blog to read. You actually inspired one of my own blog posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. These are all so great Christy!! I don’t even think I’d be able to pick a favorite, if asked!! Love them all!

  6. Oh my goodness! You are totally me! Down to the name! lol. My friends and family make fun of me, say I’m a hoarder if junk. (Even though they love the stuff I end up making.) I plan on showing them your blog. Maybe they’ll back off! haha!

    • I think we have something else in common… I saw “nurse” in your email address and I’m a nurse too! Ha ha! My family and friends always look at me kinda crazy at some of the things I drag home, but they are always amazed when I show them the finished product! You just gotta prove them wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Christy, these are AMAZING!! I want to do all of them now. Ha! Seriously, you are so creative and have found lovely purposes for all of the “junk.” That’s why I love thrift stores so much! You never know what you can find. Thanks for sharing these, I’m pinning these for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad I found you at Hit me with your best shot!

  8. You are seriously amazing, I love everything here!!!

  9. Hi my name is Allie and I am thriftoholic. My husband might divorce me one day for it. Oh well, I’ll be in thrift heaven, me and my treasures! I love your upcycles!
    Anyway Christy, I wanted to let you know that I have featured it on Worthwhile Wednesdays http://www.craftyallieblog.com/2014/09/worthwhile-wednesdays-33.html. Stop by grab your badge, and link up again!

  10. Totally enjoyed reading this post! You have a wonderful eye for decorating. I like that you had several creative options for the “same thing,” you’re frames have so many uses.

  11. So many wonderful ideas! I can’t choose a favourite but I’m inspired!

  12. I absolutely LOVE each and every project you’ve created! I have pinned this post so I can CASE everything. Thank you so much for sharing all you do!

  13. I love all of these repurposing ideas!


  14. thank you so much for the inspiring ideas….i love all of these:) my name is heather and I am also a thriftaholic:) i love them. i love having a story about each item i give a new life:)

  15. where are you buying all the french fabric. in atlanta, it is so expensive. it also never goes on sale

  16. Suzanne Retallack says

    Hi Christy,
    I love all the things you make or makeover. I have been doing a few things myself and just finished re purposing an old wooden candlestick to be a bangle holder, to keep my bangles tidy and stop them cluttering up my jewellery box! I would send you some pics but I don’t know how. Looking forward to seeing what else you get up to!
    Suzanne xxx

    • Thanks, Suzanne! Sounds like your bangle holder is a fantastic Upcycle! You can always message me on my Facebook page and share pics that way if you’re on FB, or click the contact tab at the top to reach my email. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Seriously lovin’ your blog! So creative and great on a budget! Thank you for sharing!

  18. I found a rocking chair that was missing an arm. Any idea?!

  19. That would be great! Thanks!!

  20. Dolores Rose says

    I love your repurposed ideas! I’ve made use of old insulator glass as a lamp in my patio by placing them over a raised board with holes for night lights on cords (I used a two bulb receptacle).

  21. Hi Christy!
    Enjoyed your blog post! You did some remarkable things with all those items you found or thrifted. Especially like the transformation of the 3 picture frames into your towel holder! I usually just pass by pictures at thrift stores, but no more!
    Thanks again! I’ve subscribed & shared…