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Upcycle Your Decor: 10 Fun Ways to Restore Old Furniture

Furniture getting worn and torn? Don’t throw it out! There are easy ways to upcycle furniture you already have and turn it into something new.

1. Mason Jar shakers:

Level of Difficulty: Easy

The Basics: Make your salt and pepper jars cute and fun! This even works for sugar too — making it easier and smaller than a huge container.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 mason jar and lid
  • 1 1-pound cardboard sugar container or a 26-ounce cardboard salt container
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush (optional)

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(craftgawker)

2. Wine Bottle Vase:

Level of Difficulty: Easy

The Basics: Show off your favorite wines and your favorite flowers with this two for one DIY project!

What You’ll Need:

  • An empty wine bottle
  • Flowers
  • Ribbon to tie around the neck/ Sticker for the body of the bottle

3. Mint Cases as Holders

Level of Difficulty: Easy

The Basics: Mint cases like Altoids, or TicTacs are perfect for holding things such as bobby pins, buttons, safety pins, paper blotters — really anything tiny that you could lose easily!

What You’ll Need:

  • An empty mint case

4. Kitchen Stool Turned in Gift Wrap Caddy:

Level of Difficulty: Easy

The Basics: A nice way to store those wrapping paper rolls rather than just throwing them into a closet. And you don’t have to toss that broken stool — just reuse it! 

What You’ll Need:

  • A Stool
  • Paint (optional)

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(via brit + co.)

5. Cookie Sheet Memo Boards:

Level of Difficulty: Easy

The Basics: Got old and scuffed up cookie sheets? Don’t toss em out! Use them as magnet boards to put the important things like notes or calendar reminders

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 stainless steel cookie sheets (cannot be non-stick)
  • white spray paint
  • painter’s tape
  • round magnets
  • scissors
  • E-6000 glue

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6. Tin Can Patio Luminaries:

Level of Difficulty: Medium

The Basics: Turn those soup cans into nice lights to create a nice vibe on your patio or balcony!

What You’ll Need:

  • An assortment of empty tin cans, clean and dried
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Mod Podge Outdoor
  • Crop-A-Dile Punches in 1/16th and 1/4 inch widths
  • 18 Gauge Silver Wire
  • Flat Nosed Pliers
  • Wire Cutters

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7. Using an old ladder as a bookshelf

Level of Difficulty: Medium

The Basics: Make that old ladder a place to put your books! All you need to do is find a corner in a room and mount it around the corner — then place your books in there! 

What You’ll Need:

  • A Ladder
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Books

8. Plastic Bottle Planter:

Level of Difficulty: Medium

The Basics: A nice way to recycle your plastic bottles and a way to have some flowers around without the big pots!

What You’ll Need:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Tape
  • Push pin
  • Floral wire
  • Wrench
  • Plants

Link

(via wickerhouse)

9. Coffee Can Planters:

Level of Difficulty: Medium

The Basics: Don’t toss out those coffee cans! They can be used as planters or even just buckets for knickknacks.

What You’ll Need:

  • Coffee Cans
  • Dish Soap
  • Razor
  • Spray Paint
  • Hot Glue
  • Rope
  • Drill

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10. DIY Bottle Cap Candles:

Level of Difficulty: Hard

The Basics: Make your own mini candles by using your bottle caps and your favorite candles!

What You’ll Need:

  • Bottle caps
  • Candle wicks
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Ends of candles
  • Small saucepan
  • Small metal or glass bowl
  • Ladle
  • Sheet pan
  • Aluminum foil

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Let us know which ones you’ve tried out or if you have any other fun upcycling ideas!

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