First I wanted to get rid of them, but then one idea came into my mind. What if I give these pieces of old wood a second chance and turn them into something useful on long term? Like a log holder.
So I saved them from burning, and built the cheapest and easiest DIY log holder one can have. I did not cut, I did not glue. Just a few nails and a cup of paint, and here's my lovely DIY log holder!
Our daughter's closet has a large, blank wall on one side. It was a perfect spot for some added storage and display shelving for her little collections.
Got any of these lying around? You know - old pairs of jeans, untouched casserole dish covers, bulky picture frames? It's time to pull that stuff out of the storage, because we've got a couple of amazing ways for you to finally use your rainy-day clutter!
(If you see an idea you love but don't have the item to make it, no worries - you can easily find most of these upcycle-ables at your local thrift store!)
1. Turn Casserole Dishes Into Bird Feeders
Do you ever buy bits and pieces at thrift stores and garage sales with no idea what you plan on doing with them? That is what happened when I bought the rake and later on the bedspring. I finally decided to turn the bedspring into a bottle holder. Or if you prefer an orchid planter.
We have a little round beach house on the South Coast of South Africa. It's only 60 square meters (or 645 square feet) and finding space is always a problem. One of the things we definitely didn't have space for was a dining room. So we hung it up.
Copper is really on trend at the moment. By upcycling some copper piping and an old pair of jeans, you can make a stylish magazine rack. This is a very easy project suitable for all levels.
Make these pretty little photo album books from old CDs or DVDs, a drill and some ball chain. Add a few beads and you have a lovely little gift for any occasion! (Free pattern and graphics on my site link at the bottom.)
Turning a pallet into a wine bottle holder. This was stained dark, sanded lightly then painted in a white antique finish. I added a sign to the front to create a "Wine Bar". See blog post for full details.
We can always use extra storage. And storage that's a secret hideaway is even better. So what you see here isn't actually a row of books. It’s a trompe l’oeil illusion, art that tricks the eye into thinking it’s looking at a three-dimensional object. What you’re really seeing is a book façade hiding secret storage compartments. It’s a handy place to hide checkbooks, high school pictures of yourself you want no one to see, and the TV remote control.
I came across this abandoned ladder and knew I needed to grab it and take it home! I had a few ideas running through my mind and once I got home, I decided that it would be turned into a magazine rack. Take a look at how I did it!
In honor of Earth Day, I have the easiest upcycling, recycling project ever.
For Earth Day...this milk crate was retrieved from a dump and given a new life.
As far as ease go, all you have to do is tilt the milk crate on it's side. Done!
I've seen a lot of door upcycles, but I've never seen one like this before. My husband told me I wasn't allowed to buy anymore doors, but when I found this clever idea I couldn't resist. When I brought it home I told him it wasn't a door - It was a wine rack that looked suspiciously like a door - she just needed some sprucing up.
We desperately needed a pantry as food wasn't staying fresh in the makeshift area in our garage during the wet months in the PNW. We had more room in the dining area than we needed so I framed out a pantry space and loaded it with inexpensive bookshelves I acquired through a resale website. The pantry sits just opposite the room from the kitchen which is very small and open to the dining/living room space.
If you are someone who loves to create on a budget, this is the project for you. Best of all this project is easy to make, inexpensive and only requires 4 main materials.
Hey there zesters, today we thought we would do a little “flashback” to our post on All Things Thrifty a few months back. We realized some of you zesties might not have caught this beauty yet… As caterers and designers, we love our wine barrels over here at Zest it Up! They are both utilitarian, beautiful, and can mean fabulous wine…pretty much a trifecta in my book. We use them as cocktail tables, wedding cake displays, and supports for old doors that function as impromptu bars. Not too shabby. That is unless you are naughty like us, and forget to seal the barrels. We were so crestfallen when the first one started to wobble. Next thing you know, rings began falling to the ground. At last we were left with a pile of rubble thanks to the incredibly shrinking staves! Obviously, this could have meant a run to the dump. However, for a couple of die-hard dumpster divers like ourselves, we saw only opportunity. Goody-goody-gum-drops, we now had gorgeous hardwood with earthy wine stains. It was time to get creating! The first project I tackled was a wine stave bench. It turned out so gorgeous, that Sam and I decided to conquer another project. My beautiful sister just happens to be getting married this weekend. Since she is a wine rep, she has boxes and boxes of wine stacked in the corner of her house. Sam and I decided to build her a legit wine rack for an heirloom worthy wedding gift. When I say legit, I mean this baby will hold 25 bottles of wine. Check it out! http://zestitup.com/easy-wine-stave-wine-rack/
Now that we are knee-deep in our little kitchen/living room reno, and my new work station is almost complete, I'm trying to find any and all office organization for my desk top. Half of this project is perfect for my desk top and the other half is perfect for my kitchen--best of both worlds with one project! I'm one happy girl!We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
I think most parents of young children struggle with maintaining a sense of style in their homes while still keeping it kid-friendly, myself included. I have three young children who are rough on everything and keeping our house presentable is a constant battle.
One thing I often remind myself of when it comes to raising kids is that most challenges are just a phase. You aren’t always going to have a train table in the middle of your dining room, baby gates blocking the stairs, and Legos strewn all over the floor.
While our dining room now looks like this…
Creating extra storage in my house is a MUST! With three kids, two dogs and two adults, our house is always jam-packed with "stuff" and there is nothing I love more than an organized home. This simple DIY is extremely budget-friendly and easy to install. You can use it for so many things too!We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
Years ago, I found this heavy old magazine holder in a thrift store...and it collected dust in my garage until very recently. I decided to transform it into the perfect piece for my family's rental cabin- click HERE for the full tutorial and DIY details!
Hopefully you’ve seen my recent Entertainment Unit build guide. One of my key objectives in that build was to create a fully functional entertainment unit with as little clutter as humanly possible. And when I say fully functional, I mean fully functional. I wanted to have a PlayStation, an Android TV box, a Google Home and all of the accessories that come along with those things. I just didn’t want to see them. It took a bit of planning, but I think I nailed it in the end.Let me show you how I did it.