We all have things lying around our house that we never use. If that’s the case, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth keeping. If it’s a keepsake, make sure you have a spot for it. If not, rethink automatically throwing it in the dumpster or donating it to Goodwill. There are lots of ways you can repurpose common household items and transform them into something that feels like new. Plus, you don’t have to be an expert crafter or artist to pull these off. Here are a few easy and economical upcycling options.

1. Turn an old picture frame into a tray

Have you found yourself with many of your grandmother’s old decorative frames? Instead of feeling bad about throwing them out, you could instead turn many of them into one-of-a-kind trays, perfect for entertaining. Simply attach handles to either end of the frame and cover the frame with some stylish scrapbook paper and you have an instant conversation for your room!

Turn an old picture frame into a trayFrom: craftionary.net

2. Transform a vintage suitcase into a chair

Did you inherit a vintage suitcase from your quirky aunt? Insert some comfy pillows into the top and bottom compartments of your suitcase and screw on some stable leg attachments and just like that you have a stylish DIY chair. Okay, maybe it’s not quite that simple, but it’s still a pretty easy project.

Transform a vintage suitcase into a chairFrom: www.swifty.com