If you’re the type of person who hates to throw anything away, then turn your unwanted household items into gorgeous DIY projects. After all, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Here are 5 creative ways to upcycle old items and create something new…
1. Crate Expectations
Old wooden crates, be it second-hand shipping containers or sturdy timber fruit boxes, yield endless possibilities for ingenious indoor décor. Repurpose crates as innovative home office furniture or stack one atop the other for innovative desk storage.
Alternatively, a few crates grouped end-to-end do excellent double duty as a DIY room divider-cum-bookshelf. Give the crates a new lease on life with a lick of non-drip enamel or keep them au naturel, lined, if you want, with a sheet or two of patterned paper to serve as an attention-grabbing backdrop for your display items.
Search salvage shops and secondhand stores for cast-off drawers and old dressers, then turn these into a one-of-a-kind headboard – with built-in storage to boot. Plan your layout on the floor, using fillers (such as storage cubes) and leaving spaces where the wall can show through.
Alternatively, line the back of a single drawer with cork or chipboard and a swathe of pretty fabric and use as a handy bulletin or photo-display board. Painted an array of pastel colours, old drawers also work well as hanging shelves and storage units. Group a few together for statement effect.
3. Step It Up
There’s no denying the versatility of an old stepladder. Combining convenience with good old-fashioned charm, ladders work well in the bathroom as towel holders or shelving for storing bath accessories, and small double ladders make for great bed-or bathroom side tables.
Primed and painted, a ladder also works well as a small bookshelf or magazine rack in the living room or as a shoe rack in the bedroom. And, if your kitchen lacks storage, a ladder is just the thing for keeping pots, plates and glasses in order and readily at hand.
Lidded glass jars (think jam, pickle and mayo) are rebooted as fun and funky drinking glasses – just the thing for upping the ante on your party décor. Fill with pink lemonade and a large slice of lemon, insert a candy-striped straw into a hole punched through the lid and sip, sip away.
Equally attractive, jars painted inside in a range of kaleidoscopic colours form eye-popping vases when filled with bouquets of summery blooms. Smaller bottles fitted with rounds of fabric-clad foam are a seamstress’s delight, serving at once as pretty pincushions and storage for miscellaneous buttons.
Give an old multi-paned window a whole new outlook. Dressed with a pretty wreathe and positioned atop a mantelpiece, it will form an arresting focal point in the living room. Or fill the frames with squares of wallpaper in an assortment of complementary patterns and affix to the wall behind your bed as a characterful headboard.
Alternatively, add a simple shelf and then nail a chalkboard, corkboard or white board behind one or two panes for a functional wall-piece that will work beautifully in a country-style kitchen.