How To Upcycle Your Old Stuff

The best things in life are free. This adage proves to be especially true when it comes to repurposing your old stuff into something not only beautiful but usable as well. Here are some things that you can make from your old stuff:

Old Cabinet With Antique Charm

source: Cabinet From Old Cabinets

The key to successful upcycling is being able to see the beauty in old, damaged pieces of furniture. You can take an old cabinet out of the attic and repurpose it into an antique bathroom vanity. Doing so will make your bathroom look better because it will give it a charming, vintage look.

Trash Can Planters

source: Trash Can Planters

Are you a gardening beginner and have no idea how much sunlight each plant requires? Make a mobile garden by attaching casters to galvanized metal bins and then plant your favorite flowers. This way, you will be able to keep a close eye on your plants and observe their progress or the lack of it.

Shutter Headboard

Source: Old Shutters To Headboard

You should consider adding some visual height to your bedroom by placing some old wooden shutters behind your bed. To give shutters a cottage, coastal look, you should think about painting them in light colors. To add to the visual effect, you could paint each shutter with a different color.

Stair-post Kid’s Desk

The best thing about upcycling is transforming an old piece of furniture into a custom-built piece that has new life. You can use old stair posts to make a spot where your child can do his or her homework. Instead of throwing away the old pieces of unusable furniture, you should think of creative ways to reuse them.

Repurposed Art

source: Poster From Old Windows

According to the owner of Home Improvement Central NJ | Roofing Contractors – Double D Construction, the construction of your home should be a top priority. Upcycling can be as easy as putting a frame around any architectural object and breathing new life into it as art. For instance, if you have a barn door lying around, you can frame it and put it over your bed to create a focal point.

Ruler Clip-Art Rail

source: Ruler Clip Art Rails

Do you have a handful of rulers and yardsticks in your child’s stash of school supplies? You can put them into good use by gluing some colorful clothespins onto them. You can then hang them on your walls. You can also use clothespins to hang your child’s art projects well.

Shutter Sofa Table

Source: DIY Upcycle Shutters

For a cottage style vibe, shutters are the key design elements. You can repurpose a shutter as the top surface of a sofa table. Doing so will add soft lines, which are common in cottage design.

Eclectic Dining Chairs

Source: The Complete Guide to Purchase Modern Dining Room Chairs

Although you can easily find a chair at your local flea market, it is almost impossible to find chair sets. You should consider buying different chair styles and painting then upholstering them in a similar fabric. This mix and match look will give your dining room an eclectic look, but at least the color will unify them.

License Plate Room Divider

Source: License Plate Room Divider

The items that you collect can be the perfect things for upcycling. For instance, if you love to collect license plates, you can attach them to a metal chain and create a vintage room divider. This divider can be used in an outdoor space or basement.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and let your imagination run wild when it comes to breathing in a new life to pieces of furniture you thought of throwing away. From creating a new coffee table to perfectly match a modern pedestal sink to crafting the perfect cupboard, it is possible to upcycle almost everything.

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