Easy tutorial showing you how to make pretty pushpins out of yard sale vintage jewelry. Have some of granny’s old jewelry? Get it out of storage and keep it out in the open – give it a new purpose by adding thumb tacks. Of course, fine jewelry should never be repurposed this way, just old costume jewelry.
If you're looking for easy projects you've found the right spot. Gail Wilson will show you how to repurpose regular old household items as well as reclaimed furniture pieces.
These repurposed projects can be done in an afternoon. What better way to spend an afternoon than turning trash into treasure the easy way? Whatever you're looking for, it's here.
All tutorials have step by step picture tutorials to help you successfully achieve your own simple project this weekend. Bonus! If you ever get stuck on a project, Gail is just an email away. She's always eager to help you finish those projects in record time.
A FREE old chair is the perfect furniture to repurpose. This chair side table is great for outdoors by my drop cloth hammock or porch swing. I gave it a quick whitewash because I didn’t want it to look too new. I did hit a few glitches and had to call in a favor from a neighbor. I still get stumped and challenged on even some easy projects.
A free full length mirror gets a makeover with some rustic picture frame molding. Add some reclaimed wood for the perfect rustic framed full length mirror. The mirror had been in my way for months, happy to have it completed and out of the shop!
How to make your own serving stands from repurposed drawer fronts and scrap spindles. Mindi will show you step by step how easy these serving stands are to make. The serving stands are perfect for small gatherings, parties, and even weddings!
A small mid century modern side table gets a new chance after the makeover it got is ruined with a huge scratch. A painted, stenciled table top disguises the not so pretty top. Details on the original makeover as well as the newest, latest look.
The Power Tool Challenge Team is back this month with fabulous, creative weekend garden projects to inspire you. Some are similar and a few are very different, but all are very creative. Be sure to hop over to see all the details on the blog.
Do you ever get an idea in your head and you want it done YESTERDAY? That’s the way things go around here. Once I decide to do a project, I can’t wait. This was one of those projects. Suddenly I realized I wanted a standing laptop table and I got right to work. A couple of weeks later and I’m loving it. Details on the blog.
Mindi is back this month with great tips on repairing and painting this adorable grain stripe step stool. It didn’t start out looking like this, it was in desperate need of repairs. She even added storage in the dead space in the back of the step stool. I always learn stuff from Mind’s tutorials, be sure to check it out.
A trio of gray glazed shelves are made from one odd piece of wooden trim. Adding wood for the shelves and hooks make the large one perfect for any room. I’d love to know your thoughts on what configuration the trio should be displayed.
A free, damaged headboard gets a new chance after a little sawing and painting. I rarely throw anything away or turn down free stuff from neighbors. This was one of those cases where I said yes, but was wondering what I was going to do with this damaged particle board headboard.
Here’s a redo of a redo! It doesn’t happen often, but this is an old project I did in 2009, and now I’ve updated it and gave it a new look. It was a nightstand, then a t.v. stand, now it’s a small chest great for a guest room OR a coffee station in a small kitchen.
I picked up a $5 vintage drawer and with a scrap piece of wood, paint and glaze, it’s now ideal for a small wall shelf, or a shelf to rest on a console or library table. I found a new glaze and I’m loving it so much, I can’t stop using it.
A $5 chippy chair planter? Yep, this project was so easy, and I love how it looks. The chippy chair got a quick white wash paint makeover and it was ready to display my pretty Boston fern. Hop over to see more chair planter ideas.
I can be such a procrastinator. I have had this drawer in one place or another for years. I painted it from black to white last year, but still didn’t do anything but move it around the garage. Finally I finished it. You’ll get the details on this and see many more repurposed drawer ideas to inspire you when you hop over.
Originally priced at $20 this whiskey barrel lid was a steal at $4. It needed some TLC, repairs and sealing. Now it makes a real statement piece for a home bar or the bourbon lover. The brand is Stitzel Weller, poured right here in Louisville, KY back in 1961.
I found a $1 antique oval picture frame at Vendors’ Village (where my booth is located). It was in rough shape, but I knew it was worth a buck. It got put aside until I finished my latest hall tree and I was wishing I had the perfect wreath to hang on it. I didn’t, so I redid the oval frame into a chalkboard instead. I hope you learn something from this short tutorial.
I saw a window project at Cracker Barrel and literally found the perfect window at a ReStore for a dollar two days later. The knobs were 50% off at the craft store. It makes a great wedding photo display hat rack.
We have another Thrift Store Decor project today! I’m sharing the easiest and cheapest project ever. $2.50 Easy Glass Globe Solar Light! Drop another buck for a bracket and you’re all set. I love how this set looks on my front gate arbor. Think weddings, parties and more!
This is it! The last piece of the free furniture from my neighbor! The headboard has been repurposed into a sign for my kitchen! I love, love, love how it turned out. I hope you do to.
It’s time for this month’s Thrift Store Decor Team’s fun makeovers! I did a new lining for a vintage suitcase. You’ll also see a metal farmhouse sign, a desk makeover, an anything container, woven basket and a teacup candle. Something for everyone! Which one will inspire you?
Can you spy cabinet doors in this simple bench? I boxed in two doors for each support. This was a fun and easy project that can be done in a couple of hours. Extra seating that could even double as a coffee table? Won’t you click the picture to see how it all came together? I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is.
I’m sharing a step by step picture tutorial of how to make an easy pallet sign. Lots of tips about my favorite products for making an easy project to help decorate a coffee lover’s kitchen.
It’s time for the Power Tool Challenge, and it’s a Home Decor reader event. We’re sharing what we made, but we’re also inviting YOU to share your projects for a chance to win a fabulous prize pack from Homeright. I made this much needed custom sofa side table to help me keep track of all my remotes in the living room!
Making easy projects out of 2×4 boards is so much fun. I have the easiest 2×4 farmhouse bench project tutorial for you, perfect for beginners! PIN IT! *this post contains affiliate links, you can read more here. * This project starts with this awesome product called 2×4 basics any sized table. I’ll share more…
I have another easy jigsaw project for you to make! DIY chalkboard speech bubbles are easy to make and fun to use for parties, special events, weddings, and gender reveal parties. Make 2 or 10, I’ll show you how easy it is in this blog post.
Make a beautiful reclaimed wood photo display for your home using dollar store photo frames and reclaimed wood.Mindi gives you an easy to follow picture tutorial!
A project today from Angie . . . How to make a simple and charming rope shelf with just one pallet wood board, rope and a drill. This is an easy project for the beginner.
I have an easy project to share with you today! I love using reclaimed wood for outdoor projects. Sometimes I just make stuff up as I go along, and learn better ways to do things, that is the case with this project. The next rustic ladder plant display I make will be a little different.
This month’s power tool challenge was “favorite tool”. Although the jigsaw is not my very favorite tool, I think it might be the best option for a beginner’s first saw! You’ll be inspired by all the projects from my friends as well as this easy diy cutting board!
Cheap & Easy! That’s what I love! 🙂 Today’s project is both of those. A plain door mat from Home Depot for less than $5 is easily customized with spray paint-even in the dead of winter. I love this color, and it really dresses up this plain rug.
I have wanted to make some drop cloth curtains for a very long time. When I got the Iron Orchid Designs roller stamps, I knew they would be the perfect addition for my curtains. Incredibly easy, and a beautiful look= a win/win situation! Easy project-hop over to see just how easy!
find or buy a plate, dessert plate. find or buy a lamp base. spray paint base the color that you want. attach base to the plate with a long screw (if there is a hole in the plate) or attach it buy using glue with some E6000 type glue. (if there is no hole in…
How to repurpose a vintage dresser drawer into a dog bed or toy box for your pooch using a leather belt for handles. Stay organized!
I basically made these stools and benches like the one board project stool I made a couple of months ago. I let the size of the boards determine the size of the stool/bench. Cheap Lumber Bargains Do you remember these boards I picked up at Vendors’ Village? They were perfect for some of these stools…
A couple of months ago I found a great deal on picture frames. Soon after I got an even better deal on some cork boards. It seemed to me that they were meant to come together to make a picture frame cork board. Good Deal on Cork Board I got this great deal on cork…
Today’s project a reclaimed wood coffee table is very versatile. It can be used as a coffee table or bench indoors or out! This coffee table is easy to make, and for me it was relatively free. However, it did involve a lot of labor hauling the reclaimed wood and building the table. Look at…
It’s time for our monthly Thrift Store Décor party! This is where we take items and put our own spin on them. Today’s metal tiered stand project was a bit challenging, and I even took a little hiatus from working on it. Do you do that? Walk away from projects when they aren’t going your…
Happy New Year! It is great to be back at My Repurposed Life! In case you are new here, my name is Mindi. Nice to meet you! I blog at My Love 2 Create, and love contributing for Gail once a month. Today I am sharing my Repurposed Cupboard Door Lap Desk, which I am…
So, I got the old picket fence of a burn pile and decided a quick project was in order, and that meant a picket fence coat rack! How about a whitewash coat rack? Reclaimed Picket Fence Section into a Whitewash Coat Rack As you can see, I really did get this off a burn…
I have a fun and easy repurposed furniture bedpost wall shelf project to share with you today using bed posts from another headboard project I made. We all know how much I love cutting up furniture. Whenever I cut legs off of headboards I always save them for other projects and this project was fun…