Charging Station from a Shoe Box

Shoeboxes aren’t hard to find (who needs an excuse for new shoes?) and they can be used and reused in so many ways.  This idea comes from Dagmar of Dagmar’s House.


Dagmar was in need of a charging station for all of her family’s electronic devices.  She didn’t want a wonky tangle of cords sitting out where everyone could see them, so she decided to conceal them with a shoebox.  Dagmar wrapped the box in striped paper and cut holes in the sides for access.  To make things look polished, she covered the cut holes with grommets.  A power bar sits inside the box, ready for powering devices.  It looks great!


Stop by Dagmar’s House to get instructions for this project.

Box Tops for Education Organizer

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.


Fortunately, inspiration struck just as Susan was about to throw away this empty cheese package.  She washed out the package and decorated the top with some washi tape and a colorful label.  She put a divider inside the container to keep box tops and labels separate.  Now Susan keeps this handy container in her drawer, all of the box tops are stored neatly inside, AND her whole family knows what to do with their box tops.


Learn more about this quick, easy organization project at Organized 31.

Cheap Laminate into Gorgeous Storage Bench

Mindy blogs at  MyLove2Create, but she shared this nifty rescue at My Repurposed Life.  This beat-up, cheap laminate cabinet was a free find that Mindy picked up when she was picking up some other Craigslist freebies.


Initially Mindy wasn’t sure what to do with her find, but one day as she was considering how nice a bench would look in one part of her living room, inspiration struck!  Since the cabinet wasn’t much to look at as it was, she went to work transforming it.  Mindy turned the cabinet on its side and beefed it up with layers of trim and a fresh coat of paint.  She stained a board and attached it to the top for a seat, and added wheels to the bottom of the new bench for added functionality.  The new bench looks amazing!


Make sure you click over to My Repurposed Life to see a full tutorial for this project.

Spice Cabinet Makeover

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.


One thing Amy realized would help the place where she keeps her spices be more organized was unifying the containers that she stored them in.  Since they were still in the manufacturer’s packaging, the spices where all different shapes and sizes.  Amy collected and washed baby food jars after removing their labels.  She spray painted the lids a pretty shade of blue.  Next, she used chalkboard stickers to label each jar.  Now her spices are stored in cute, matching containers and they are stackable, to boot!


Make sure you visit My Name is Snickerdoodle to get the details on this project.

Cabinet Refinished with Maps

“My dad snatched this old sewing cabinet for me up from the street,” explains Ronja at her blog, Nur Noch.  It was just the right size for her sewing supplies, so she decided to pretty it up with a makeover.


Ronja started the transformation process by lightly sanding the cabinet and paining it white.  Next, she printed off some historic maps of Scandinavia.  Ronja decoupaged the maps onto the cabinet doors.  She reattached the pretty handles to the front, and the makeover was complete!  I really love the addition of the maps!


Click on over to Nur Noch to learn more about this cabinet makeover.

Laundry Room Tip Jar

The empty spaghetti sauce jar after a recent dinner inspired Katie at Little House of Four to start a quick project.  Looking at the jar, she realized that it would be just right for storing all of the pocket change she finds while doing laundry.


To turn the jar into something more than ordinary, Katie started by spray painting it a pretty shade of turquoise.  She added a pretty crystal knob to the lid for a bit of sparkle.  Next, Katie printed off a cute label for her change jar and applied it to the front of the jar.  It’s just right for her laundry room!

Laundry room tip jar

Visit Little House of Four to learn more about this easy organization project.

Cardboard Box Storage Makeover

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.


Who wants to display ratty old boxes on their freshly painted shelves, though?  Not Robin!  She cut off the flaps of the boxes, and hid their homely status by decoupaging them with torn paper bags.  Once dried, this gave them a look very similar to aged leather.  To continue the transformation, Robin cut up an old leather belt and used it to make pretty handles for her new “drawers”.  What a cheap and easy way to turn cardboard boxes into useful storage!


Click over to Redo It Yourself Inspirations to find out more about this project.

Roadside Dresser Gets a New Purpose

“My Step-Dad found this dresser at the side of the road on garbage day,” confesses Shelly at 100 Things 2 Do.  She was in desperate need of a place to corral miscellaneous winter gear, like hats and gloves, and decided that the old dresser could serve a new purpose.


After removing damaged drawers and braces, Shelly sanded away the old finish.  She painted the dresser a darker gray outside and lighter gray inside.  Shelly found baskets that would fit onto the shelves, and enjoys having a taller shelf for bags and other miscellaneous items.  What a great idea!


Get more information on this repurposed dresser at 100 Things 2 Do.