Toy Shelves from Paint Buckets

At the Oh Oh Blog, Ama says that she needed an inexpensive way to add some off-the-floor storage to her playroom.  She had a great idea for making cute wall shelves by upcycling plastic paint buckets.

Old paint buckets aren’t hard to find, and Ama dressed hers up with a few good coats of intentional paint to cover the unintentional splatters of old paint.  The round shape of the buckets puts a fun twist on traditional shelving methods.  Round shelves like these are a perfect way to add a whimsical touch to a kid-friendly space.

You can learn more about how Ama made and installed these shelves at Oh Oh Blog.

Vintage Window Art

When Kelly from The Pink Hammer removed a wall decal from her daughter’s room in preparation for a house showing, she hated to just throw it away. Instead Kelly looked for a new home for the decal that could travel with them and came upon an old window from her stash that was a perfect match.

old window

Kelly simply applied the vinyl to the window for a unique piece of wall art with lots of character. The little detail of the bird and leaves creeping onto the window frame is my favorite part. So cute!

old window with wall decal

Read more at The Pink Hammer.

T-Shirt Light Cover

I know we’ve all got about a million old t-shirts lurking in the corners of our drawers and closets. Why not upcycle them into a fun light cover like Jade from The Jaderbomb Blog?

old t shirts

This project involves cutting the shirts into strips and then weaving them together with a hula hoop to create a cone-shaped light cover. With its colorful, casual look, I think this cover would make a cute addition to a kid’s bedroom or playroom.

t-shirt light cover

Get the how-to at The Jaderbomb Blog.

Trophy Coat Rack

Maybe you’ve seen old trophies at the thrift store or have some of your own stored away in boxes and thought that there must be a good way to put them to use. Colleen from Colleen and Eric has you covered, so dust off those old keepsakes!

Colleen shares on Design Sponge how to repurpose the little trophy figures into a cool vintage coat rack. I think this would be super cute in a little boy’s room or family rec room, especially if they were old trophies belonging to family members.

Get the complete tutorial at Design Sponge.

Book Jacket Wall Art

Libby from PSA Stamp Camp recently transitioned her daughter to a big-girl room. While the whole space is just awesome, my attention was especially caught by Libby’s creative repurpose for her daughter’s book jackets. I totally agree with Libby that these are really just a nuisance, as they always fall off and end up being destroyed.


Libby adhered the cover art to canvases and then sealed them with Mod Podge to create bright, colorful artwork that is perfect for a kid’s bedroom or play area. I am seriously going to go rescue all my book jackets now before they are no longer art-worthy. This is too cute!

Bookjacket wall art

Check out the whole room at PSA Stamp Camp.

Shirt Covered Lampshade

While in the process of updating her boys’ bedroom, Beth from Home Stories A2Z needed a lamp for the space. Beth found the old lamp that used to be hers as a child in her parent’s attic. It even still wore the Cinnamon Toast Crunch sticker that Beth had “decorated” it with as a young girl.

refabbed lamp before

Beth painted and distressed the base and then covered the shade with a thrift store shirt using spray adhesive. The Perry Ellis plaid gives the lamp the a very boyish feel, especially with the buttons showing. Talk about a creative repurpose for an old shirt!

refabbed lamp after

Find the tutorial at Home Stories A2Z.

Children’s Storage Hutch

Catherine from Freddy & Petunia got a call from her niece about some trash treasures that were sitting curbside. From the stash Catherine nabbed two nightstands, one with French Provincial styling and one that was pretty boxy looking. They were both in rough shape and missing parts, but, of course, that didn’t interfere with Catherine’s plans for them.

Curbside Nightstand

Catherine chopped off the tops with her circular saw and used reclaimed parts to build hutches on the tops. She worked on these simultaneously, making both a girl and boy version. I am just drooling over their fabulousness.

Boy's Storage Hutch

Girl's Storage Hutch

See the transformation at Freddy & Petunia.