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Today’s Take 2 Tuesday installment is a huge collection of repurpose ideas.  I think I’ve collected all of my  projects that are repurposed from everyday items. I have not included any furniture pieces.  I will compile that collection sometime in the near future. I hope you find something to inspire you and encourage you to think outside the box. If you’re a regular reader, enjoy a trip down memory lane. If you’re new here, welcome!  I’m always available if you have any questions about any of my projects.







DIY Free Fridge Magnets & Signs repurposed advertiser (phone book) magnets


Folger's Coffee Labels

 repurposed coffee canisters

Rustic Flower Box Rustic Tool Caddy

plastic dresser mirror (chalkboard) plastic dresser mirror repurposed into a chalkboard

reclaimed fence planter (hens & chicks)



Picket Fence Wedding Sign  reclaimed picket fence – rustic wedding signs

You Have My Whole Heart
desk drawer repurposed
repurposed blue jeans
DIY Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
how to-Record Clock

Chalkboard & Display Easel

thrift store artwork upcycled into a useful chalkboard

vintage coffee pot lamp

repurposed globe chalkboard paint  vintage globe repurposed into fun chalkboard


Repurposed Gas Can

 antique cans repurposed into planters


teapot lamps vintage teapots stacked to make a lamp

cups & saucers repurposed teacup lamp (how to drill china)


cuboard door repurposed cupboard door recycled into a fleur-de-lis tray

large candlestick and pot lid bird bath

picture frame repurposed

 upcycle frames for dry erase boards

pvc pipe repurposed
lamp parts make a decorative bowl
jute balls
repurposed guitar
stockade fence repurposed into rustic sign

stockade fence flag stockade privacy fence – easy 4th of July Flag


repurposed pendant light

 yard sale pendant light into a candelabra

repurposed spice rack spice rack upcycled into a jewelry organizer



repurposed vintage silverware box vintage wooden silverware box upcycled into a chalkboard memo center

repurposed door knob decor


candlesticks from bed parts bits and pieces of chairs-candlesticks


glass dessert plate from repurposed glass repurposed glass-stacked for dessert plate

tiles napkins coasters

 tiles & napkins decoupaged – Santa coasters

antique floor lamp repurposed

scrap vinyl flooring repurposed scrap vinyl flooring upcycled into a floor cloth


reclaimed picket fence shelf

 old picket fencing-garden shelf


tiles handpainted coasters tiles painted with fleur-de-lis (coasters)

shutter repurposed

shutter repurposed into a magazine rack

repurposed bowling ball
black chandelier
repurposed glassware

upcycled glassware

 upcycle glassware into glass totems {topiaries}

recycled cans glass etchingthrifted plate as a gift idea
recycle repurpose small old bottles

cardboard lightbox

 cardboard box and tissue paper make a lightbox for great photo taking

table lamp repurposed

 tall table lamp gutted to make a candle holder

repurposed antique license plate
ceiling fan blade brackets
repurpose thrifted plates

spindle photo holderrepurposed chair parts

use old spindles to make photo holders and chalkboard stands

spice bottles repurposed
chandelier repurposed
reclaimed fence sign
ugly gold lamp
repurpose placemat pillow
Chalkboard Beverage Tags
scrabble tile holder repurposed
repurposed bedposts
drapery hook repurposed for easels
drapery hooks repurposed into small easels-great for coasters and small plaques
fabric printer
garden chair
how to repurpose household items


I hope that you have found inspiration to repurpose something you have laying around in your stash.
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A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for both Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. With a tribe of more than 400,000 followers, Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.
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  1. I love this post and it inspired me to do a roundup of simple re-purposing. It is a bit unbalanced as you have so many wonderful projects. Thank you for the inspiration and I hope others are inspired as well.

    Thank you,

    Angela Swanson – My Personal Accent DIY Blog

  2. Thanks for posting this, Gail. I’m going to make one of those aprons!

    Also – The link to the light box isn’t correct. It took me to picture holders.

  3. Excellent ideas! So. much. to. pin.!!!

  4. This is so awesome, pinning!

  5. Pinned some of those I hadn’t seen before.


  6. Holy cow, you’ve made so many great and original things! I’m tired out just scrolling through them.

  7. A great collection…I love the coffee pot lamp and of course the pipe fitting fire hydrant.

  8. Wow, what a wonderful and accomplished collection of beautiful repurposd items!

  9. Love these reviews!! Keep ’em coming!! Ü

  10. Lots of great re-purposes here.

  11. What a creative gal you are Gail!! I love the bird house,so I think I’ll be digging through the wood to make one or two of those. Thanks for the inspiration!!


  12. Love reliving your triumphs!! Have an awesome week!

  13. still love those record clocks! :) that was a great idea!

  14. this collection is amazing Gail! There are even some, that I must a missed out on ;o).

  15. Boy you’ve sure been a busy lady! My very favorite is the coffee pot lamp, you got the proportions with the lamp shade perfect! I love it!

  16. Wow,and another Wow. You are a busy girl. These are all fabulous and seem quite within reach to try for the novice. Thank you for sharing. xx

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