At Pudel-design, Lydia needed some bookends to keep her bookshelves looking neat, and to add a little color and design to them, as well. She realized that the bricks leftover from their driveway installation where just the right size and weight to be bookends.
Heidi from Muslin & Merlot was given a set of vintage, silver-plated utensils. "I've been taking them out, rubbing them with toothpaste and staring at them for almost a year, waiting for crafty inspiration," she confesses. "Yesterday the recipe box was sitting next to the spoons. The light bulb turned on!"
Over at Kids Activity Blog, Michelle came up with a fun craft for her kids. Most of the materials needed are probably ones you already have, and you'll definitely have the most important one: an empty toilet paper tube.
Over at her blog, Flimsy Pi, Karen explains that a friend gifted her with several old windows. "When we picked them up from her house my husband thanked her for 'feeding my habit'," Karen laughs. She decided to use the first window as a display for some handmade doilies, a gift from another friend.
Katie from The Casual Craftlete shares a cute repurposing project that is inexpensive and will help keep a child busy this summer. Sweet! This one started with the small wooden box that was packaging for one of the toys her daughter got for Christmas. Finding it hard to toss good wood, Katie had saved it.
Sometimes a piece of furniture is fine as it is....other than it just doesn't look right in the space you have for it. That was the problem with this wicker chair in a corner of Christina's bedroom. "My inner battle was that the chair’s finish was pretty as-is. It just didn’t go with the room," she tells us on her blog, Operation Home.
"If you have followed my blog for awhile, you know I have an addiction for recycling old paint buckets," says Ama at OhOh Blog. But when you see the stylish side tables she's going to show you, you'll have a hard time believing that they started out as paint buckets!
This furniture freebie came to Sara with a black and white finish and a wobbly leg. Otherwise it was in good condition, so she decided to have some fun with the makeover, and shared the results at Thrifty Treasures.
Taking a different route home from her daughter's gymnastics class one day, Allison of The Golden Sycamore spotted this empty frame sticking out of a trash pile. Even though she wasn't exactly sure how she was going to use it, she threw it in the back of her car and brought it home.
"We have a big graduation party coming up this month and I wanted to make outdoor lanterns to decorate the tables and provide a little ambiance," says Susan at Organized 31. Luckily she has an extensive collection of glass bottles, all ready to recyle.
I have such an adorable project to show you, today! Ananda from A Piece of Rainbow saw a faucet coat rack being sold online, but when she tried to purchase it was no longer available. Instead, she made her own, using a former piece of fence wood and some old outdoor faucet handles.
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