Really Unexpected Uses for Old Things Around the House

Really Unexpected Uses for Old Things Around the House

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Dabney Frake
Jun 26, 2016
You'll never believe what this little greenhouse is made from!
(Image credit: The Wicker House)

We see makeovers all the time, mostly of the “let’s sand this table and repaint it” variety. So we get overly excited when everyday household objects get remade into really surprising things with a completely different purpose. Here are common things you may no longer have use for, and inventive ways to adapt them into entirely new household objects.

1. Old picture frames are a dime a dozen at yard sales, flea markets and thrift store. Emily of The Wicker House gathered a bunch and made this pretty indoor terrarium.

(Image credit: Chic Design Investments)

2. This home from Chic Design Investments cleverly used old wooden doors in lieu of traditional stairway railing. The use of salvaged material throughout the house lends the space a lot of character. Want some more ideas for old doors?

(Image credit: Prettyography)

3. We recently featured this vintage ice bucket that Brooke from Prettyography hacked to make a countertop compost bin. And, if you have other flea market stuff:

(Image credit: Sugar and Cloth)

4. For this project from Sugar & Cloth, bundt pans were painted and repurposed as cute hanging planters.For more ideas on how to repurpose stuff from the kitchen:

(Image credit: Shelstring)

5. When the children leave for college, that baby furniture has to go somewhere. Try change a changing table into a potter’s shelf like this one from Shelstring. If you also get your hands on a crib, try:

(Image credit: Eric Smillie)

6. Using old cookware found at secondhand stores, Eric Smillie fashions new lamps using enameled pot lids as the shades. Check out the tutorial, or any of our other lighting DIY projects:

Re-edited from a post originally published 6.05.16-nt

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