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7 Inexpensive Upcycled Projects for Your Home

Just in case you didn't know...the blogging community is a wonderful place to make friends who share your passion! I'm so fortunate to have several blog buddies who have stepped up to help me in recent weeks and today I'm delighted to introduce you to another friend, Carrie.

Hello diy beautify readers! I’m Carrie and I blog at Lovely Etc. all about creating a home you love for less. I love to share inexpensive decorating tricks, DIY home décor projects, and affordable home renovations. But my absolute favorite projects to share are upcycled or repurposed projects. I believe there is nothing better than giving something old a brand new purpose and making it useful and beautiful again.

upcycled lantern

Today I want to share with you a few of my favorite upcycled projects. All of these projects began as either something I found super cheap at a yard sale or something that was hanging around in our basement destined for the donate pile. Of course you would never know that looking at them now!

7 Inexpensive Upcycled Projects

  furniture hardware made from old jewelry

Nothing dresses up a piece of furniture like some really great hardware. Unfortunately, really gorgeous hardware is hard to find and can get expensive fast. This is a fantastic way to make your own using those huge brooches and earrings that are at every estate sale; these are the perfect hardware for a great statement piece of furniture.

2. Bathroom vanity made from an old dresser

modern antique dresser vanity

Finding a bathroom vanity with great character can get expensive fast. An easy way to get a one-of-a-kind piece is to start with an old dresser. I made this vanity from a family friend’s childhood dresser. It didn’t start out in the best condition, but with some paint, a great sink, and a little work, it turned into one of my favorite pieces in our home.

3. Lamp made from a lantern

  lantern lamp thrifty upcycle

I love cute candle lanterns, but as much as I love candlelight, I almost never took the time to actually walk around and light them. Then inspiration struck; why not turn some of my lanterns into lamps that can be turned on with the flip of a switch? Now this cute little guy gets used nightly in my son’s room.

4. Play kitchen made from entertainment center

  repurposed entertainment center to kids play kitchen

This cute little play kitchen started out as an old entertainment center. Now that flat screen TVs have officially taken over, it had absolutely no purpose. Using a little creativity and lot of paint, I turned it into a cute play kitchen for my boys and now it gets used every single day.

5. Nightlight made from a vintage camera

   DIY vintage camera lamp to make

Vintage cameras aren’t very hard to find at yard sales or on Craigslist or Ebay and they add great vintage style to a room. Even better, it isn’t very hard to turn an old camera with a flash unit into the perfect nightlight.

6. Wire basket made from an old lampshade

   make a basket from an old lampshade

Thrift stores are full of old yellowing lampshades that nobody seems to want. If you look closely, many of those lampshades have a metal frame. With a bit of chicken wire, that horrible old lampshade can become the perfect metal basket.

7. Paper towel holder made from an old globe

   paper towel holder made from a globe stand

A few years ago, I hung several vintage world globes from the ceiling in my son’s room. It looked super cute, but I was left with a pile of unused globe stands. This one just happened to be the perfect shape and size to hold a roll of paper towels in my kitchen.

Thanks so much for letting me share my repurposing adventures! I'd love to have you follow along on Facebook or Instagram to see my latest trash to treasure projects and budget room redos!

7 inexpensive upcycled projects

Thanks so much to Carrie for sharing these clever upcycled projects! I especially love the idea of using vintage jewelry as drawer pulls...what a way to customize a dresser, right?

Are you inspired?

Please visit Carrie at the links above and check out her tutorials for each project!


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