Make Something Old New Again: 5 Fun & Easy Upcycling Ideas

On 25 Jul, 2013 With 2 Comments

Do you stop the car when you see a pile of old windows in someone’s trash heap? Do you visit salvage yards to find a door to turn into something cool? If so, you already know the fun and joy of upcycling!

Upcycling simply means taking something old and making it new and beautiful again.

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Here are five fun and easy upcycling projects you can do for your home:

1. Give an Old Table New Life with Paint and TLC.

I found this table by the side of the road in my neighborhood. It was missing its glass top, but otherwise was in pretty good shape.

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By just cleaning it, then painting the table with spray paint (paint + primer is best here) and adding a glass top ($34 at a local glass shop), it became the perfect side table for our living room.

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And to think someone was throwing this out! Before you toss a piece of furniture to the curb, consider whether a new coat of paint or some TLC can refresh it into something lovable again.

2. Old Window Becomes a Dry-Erase Memo Board.

I love old windows. I have a thing about them, actually. For a long time, I had a pile in my garage, just waiting for a project! I find them on the curb all the time.

I took one of my found windows and made a dry-erase memo board/calendar. Glass is the perfect dry-erase surface. First I cleaned the window well with all-purpose cleaner:

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Then, for the background, I duct-taped wrapping paper to the panes. You could use any kind of decorative paper here. Voila! A dry-erase memo board that is perfect to keep track of a week’s activities:

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3. Windows as Art.

You can use windows to create new art or frame art you already have.

I painted the back side of this yellow window and used it as art in my dining room:

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You can find paint for glass at any craft store. The white window behind it came from a cabinet that used to be in our breakfast room. The cabinet was falling apart, but the window was in good shape and I loved the shape of it.

You  also can use windows to frame art. I loved this paint-on-metal art, but it needed a frame or something substantial to give it added pop. I used an old window to frame it and now it looks more substantial:

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4. Upcycled Doors.

Old doors can be reused in many ways. For example, I love this hall tree/coat rack made from an old door:

Or this screen door reused as a trellis:

5. Don’t Shut Out Shutters.

Shutters are great to upcycle into something new. For example, I am using some shutters I got for free (yes, free!) at a salvage yard to make a privacy screen in our backyard. I haven’t finished yet, but here’s where I am so far:

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You can also use old shutters for message boards, by just adding some clothespins or clips:

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I hope this has given you some ideas for how to transform old materials into new and funky items for your home.

Thanks for stopping by,

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  1. Karen Cooper
    Karen Cooper says:

    Thank you, Connie! Look for them on trash day – people just throw them out – or around homes being renovated. They also have them at salvage yards. Good luck!

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