Most of us don’t like the idea of throwing stuff out, even if they no longer serve any purpose in the house.
We often think that it’s still and might come handy one of these days or it simply has a sentimental value to it. However, with a little creative thinking, the solution to this is through repurposing, upcycling and reusing, which will give any room a touch of creativity and cosiness. Here’s a list of items that can be reused rather than tossing out.
TURN OLD LADDER INTO A BOOKCASE
If you have an old wood ladder lying around, turn it into a 90 degree corner bookshelf, which is great for people who collect books. Simply attach it to your walls with 4 L brackets so that it can carry a lot of weight. You can leave it as it is for a vintage look or paint it with any colour you want to modernize the look. It’ll definitely be a good conversation piece as well as an accent to your room.
MOSAIC ART FROM TILES
Create a lovely piece of mosaic art using unused glass or ceramic tiles you have. Carefully break it into pieces in a cloth bag, pick the foundation to stick the tiles on such as tables, planters or walking stones, find a pattern you want to make into a mosaic and then arrange the broken pieces of tiles onto it. Adhere using a floor-tile adhesive; once it dries use a knife to apply grout between the cracks. Before it sets, wipe away any excess grout with a damp cloth. You can also use larger tiles to create a new table top and smaller tile for trivets.
One of the most common problems of a shoe addict is shoe storage and clutter. The solution for this is a space-saver stylish shoe bar that not only keeps your shoe clutter at bay but it also puts your favourite pairs on display. All you have to do is cut lightweight polyurethane decorative moulding that is cut into 24-inch-long strips, paint them in your colour of choice or anything that will match the colour scheme of your space, and then install it on the wall using removable picture-hanging strips to the back.
CLEANING SUPPLIES HOLDER
If you’re one of those homeowners who gets crazy buying different types of cleaning supplies, your kitchen and bathroom cabinets probably do not have enough space to cater them. You can keep things more systematized by putting up hanging household cleaners from a tension rod, making use of all the available space and adding more space on the shelves for other daily items.
FROM BOOKS TO BOOKSHELVES
Instantly turn some of your old leather-bound or cloth books into bookshelves. Gather those with lovely spines that will work best when grouped together. Then using two sets of brackets, one set for below the books and one piece of bracket for above, measure each book’s thickness and begin drilling. Place the book in between the top and bottom brackets and now you can accessorise it by placing lightweight objects like picture frames on top of it.
MOBILE STORAGE BOX
Instead of throwing out an old basic plastic bin, give it a new life by covering it with heavy-duty jute rope and metal casters to create a mobile storage box for your kids’ toys. To make it even more fun, add some colourful fabric liner.
Using a high-gloss, exterior paint that will stand up to the outdoors, create a perfect addition to your front porch from an old coffee table.
Fancy jars don’t need to be costly. Instead of throwing away sauce containers with screw-tops jars, turn them into the perfect office storage with just a few simple and easy steps. To create it, all you need to do is to spray paint the top, add scrapbook paper on its body and affix spare knobs and drawer pulls to copy the classic pharmacy look.
TIMELESS SUITCASE STORAGE
Basic antique suitcases are a perfect stylish storage option for small objects in a convenient and hidden area. Stack them up from largest to smallest under a hall table to achieve that vintage, comfortable feel.
NEW FUNCTION FOR OLD CRIBS
Cribs usually end up in the attic or garage to collect dust and take up a lot of space. One great idea to repurpose a crib is by using its railing into a functional, stylish and clean-looking vertical magazine rack. Aside from this, you can also use the railing to hang your quilts, towels and wet laundry, making it an instant organizer for your household items.
OLD DRAWER WALL DÉCOR
Create an entryway wall decor from on old homeless drawer or drawer organizer that can double up as a mini command centre. Hang your keys by adding hooks, keep your spare change in small buckets and for quick lists and reminders, a chalkboard or notepad is a great addition.
A chic buffet can be achieved using an ordinary shoe organizer. Simply put shelf-style and cubby-style shoe organizers of the same size together by screwing them. To span the length with a slight overhang on the sides and front, cut a MDF, secure a steamware holder below it, and then use a barware to outfit the buffet. The last step is to have fun accessorising your DIY buffet.
MAGNETIC HERB GARDEN FROM TEA TINS
Have you always wanted to keep herbs inside your home but you simply don’t have enough counter space? A smart solution for that is to have your antiques tea and coffee tins lying around repurposed into adorable magnetic planters for fresh herbs. All you have to do is to apply glue on the inside of the tin can, attach a plastic liner, add foam balls at the bottom to act as drainage, add potting soil, plant your herbs and label each herbs. Not only will you save counter space with this great idea, but you’ll have fresh herbs in no time as well.
Instead of throwing away hardware handle, you can use them to turn into storage for hanging your ties and scarves if your space closet is tight. To keep your scarves from slipping, gently knot your scarves after hanging them.
WINE RACK FROM A WOOD PALLET
A basic wooden pallet is gold mine upcycling. You can put a new twist into it by turning it into a rustic outdoor wine rack which can hold at least 25 bottles of wine and stemware as well. Creating this one-of-a-kind wine rack will require some power tools, so you and your husband can treat this as a weekend DIY project bonding.
What you need to do is to cut the pallet into size, expose the curve along the bottom, remove the excess planks, add clean cut to the top using a circular saw and then update or sand fascia which will serve as both architectural and decorative. For the glass hanger at the very bottom of the plank, measure and mark the pallet, gut it using your circular saw, then add glass grooves and sand them afterwards. Hang your unique wine rack and start decorating with your favourite wines and stemwares.
Sarah Del Rosario is an aspiring interior designer and painter. When not working, she contributes articles at The Chicago Living.
April 16, 2017