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!
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.
3. Build a shelf out of books
Turn a stack of old books into an invisible shelf by mounting them to the wall. The hardest thing about this project might be deciding which books to sacrifice in the name of home décor.
4. Design a mirror out of an old tennis rack
This is a DIY project you don’t actually have to do yourself. Take an old racquet to a glass shop and ask for a custom-cut bevelled-edge mirror that will fit inside the racquet’s rim. This should cost you less than $50. Then it’s just a matter of putting liquid nails on the top of the strings and press the mirror down firmly against the wall.
5. Use old skateboards to build a children’s picnic table
Your boarding days may be behind you, but you can pass on your love for skateboarding to your kids by turning your worn out old boards into a rad mini picnic table.
6. Construct a play kitchen out of an old entertainment center
This is another way to repurpose old items into a cool piece of kids’ furniture. Take your outdated nineties entertainment center a new life as a fabulous play kitchen for your young ones. Not only will it cost less than purchasing one at the store, but it will also give them a chance to customize their own play area.
7. Create a coffee table out of an old door frame
Want a rustic look to your space? Attach some table legs to an old door frame and you have a fairly economical focal point for any living space.