Recycle It: Easy DIY projects to transform stuff you already own
We love to recycle. Breath new life into your old stuff – and into your own creativity with these simple, cheap and great looking ideas. Best of all they can be done in just a few hours with minimal resources.
- Collector’s Table. Turn a deep photo frame and similar-sized side table into a venue for celebrating treasured keepsakes. You probably have an old end table or coffee table. Find a frame with deep set glass that is the same – or a close enough size and fasten it to the top. A beige linen fabric makes a nice backdrop for your treasures and photos.
- Who hasn’t wanted a kitchen island at one time or another? But they can cost thousands. How about an old dresser – you probably have one, or can pick one up cheap at a used furniture store. Attach a good sturdy work top on it and you’re in business. Make sure you stand next to it and imagine yourself working at it so you get the hight right. And consider letting one side of the top overhang enough to put some stools under it – instant eat in kitchen! Attach a paper towel rack and some hooks or a space rack to make it really handy, and if you need different storage, consider taking a drawer out for cookbooks or pans.
- Is this stylish or what? Check out this easy to build pallet coffee table. Just stack 3 wooden pallets, screw them together, sand and paint or stain. You’ve just made your own coffee table for like $0. Plenty of storage too for books and remotes. Try adding casters or wheels for more functionality and a chic industrial look or topping with glass, wood or marble for a more finished look. We think this would great painted almost any color.
- Yep pallets are the greatest… but how about an entire outdoor deck? Screw them together and be sure to sand them so you don’t have any rough spots or splinters.
- An ottoman or small table out of an old tire. Yes. Drill a round wooden top to the tire, then wrap rope around the entire thing fastening with glue and screws as you go. This surprisingly looks great, but the piece will be quite heavy, so it’s best for an area where it won’t be moved much. Perfect for outdoors. For a softer look, cover with batting and fabric and attach on the bottom. You’ll have a stylish little ottoman for almost nothing & you’ve just reduced the landfill.