How many of you collect box tops to help raise funds for your children's schools? Like many of you, Susan at Organized 31 saves them when she gets them. Recently, she decided that she needed a better place to keep her box tops than the basket they kept spilling out of.
Jamie, who blogs at Anderson + Grant, collected quite a few old cutting boards for a recent project. She had a couple left that she didn't use. What, exactly, does one do with extra wooden cutting boards?
Organizing cabinets is one of the most satisfying home improvement projects, in my book. It doesn't take long, it doesn't cost a lot, but a little effort goes a long way when you can open your cupboard doors and see everything in place and ready to be used (not hunted for). At My Name is Snickerdoodle, Amy shares how she repurposed items to give her spice cabinet a clutter-free look.
With Spring just a few melted snowdrifts away, many of us are pulling out our glue guns and getting to work on fun crafts to welcome a new season. Laura Beth from A Step in the Journey tells us about her latest project. "I started with a few Starbucks frappuccino bottles saved for me by friends at work, and took off the labels with GOO Gone."
Dan and Erin at DIY Passion decided to try making their own log side table (instead of buying one for hundreds of dollars) when a friend offered them a stump from his property. As Dan tells us, "It’s maple and it’s heavy as you-know-what."
Jessica is sharing a fast and dirty side table project at Live Randomly Simple. While scoping out a soon-to-be-demolished house, she found an antique dresser with beautiful drawers that were "dingy, dirty, scratched and long forgotten about." The drawers escaped the wrecking ball and came home with her.
At Redo It Yourself Inspirations, Robin came up with a way to turn cardboard boxes into a useful and beautiful storage option. Looking for something to act as "drawers" in a small shelf she was redoing, Robin was struck by the fact that a few of the cardboard boxes she had lying around were the perfect size.
"I like to use up every bit of "otherwise-trash" that I possibly can," confesses Gwen on her blog, You Can Call Me Gwen. She goes on to explain, "This project uses plastic water bottle caps, small pieces of fabric, and leftover bits of embroidery thread and ribbon which may otherwise have been part of a landfill."
Planning some organizing projects for the new year? Well, here's a decidedly glamorous way to store smaller items.....made from upcycling a few decidedly unglamorous items: pickle jars! Luzia Pimpinella came up with this creative and inexpensive storage option.
You know you're committed to upcycling when you keep a collection of burnt-out Christmas lights. Amanda at Mommy is Coocoo does, and her lights have finally found their second life as a colorful Christmas wreath.
Lisa thought she'd found acorns on a walk with her family, but she had "never seen anything like them." She and her girls gathered a stroller full and brought them home. After Lisa turned her "acorns" into a gorgeous metallic wreath, a few sharp-eyed readers at Mabey She Made It identified them as eucalyptus seed pods. Whatever they are, they look amazing on Lisa's front door!
Debbie at Painted Therapy learned a valuable lesson the hard way: "never put wheels on tables; kids will always use them as trains." After the untimely derailment of her train coffee table, Debbie went searching in the garage for a replacement. She turned this hand-me-down piano bench into a (stationary) coffee table of beauty!
After being inspired by other projects online, Luzia decided to "Pimp my Gurkenglas." (Translation: turn her used pickle jars into something awesome.) She shows us how her empty jars became golden-animal-topped button storage over at Luzia Pimpinella.
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