The Best Upcycled and Repurposed Projects

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I’m excited to be sharing nine great DIY upcycled and repurposed projects that you will love.

I’m joining eight talented bloggers who share creative tutorials to help you make your own upcycled projects this summer. There is a wide range of skill levels, from super easy to only slightly challenging. I can’t wait for you to see all the great ideas.

You all know how I love to go junking and love a good upcycle. Of course, there is always more than one use for an item. But, sometimes, we need to think outside of the box.

Today, these amazing women have the same love for upcycling and repurposing that I do, so let’s get the party started with no further ado.

Easy DIY Outdoor Hanging Garden Lights

By Wendy from WM Designhouse

I am starting today with one of my favorite DIY projects for outdoor dining.

One can never have too many lights outdoor, at least that is my opinion.

We had market lights hanging, but I wanted something extra special over my table, so I made chandeliers out of garden baskets.

These lights are straightforward to make and so versatile. I can leave them plain or dress them up for a special occasion.

Come see how I dressed them up for the fall.

You can view the full tutorial here.

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How to Make a DIY Faux Apothecary Cabinet ( Card File Chest)

By Rachel from the ponds farmhouse

My friend Rachel has the most beautiful home full of upcycled and repurposed treasures. We share a love for items with lots of drawers and a chippy finish.

Today Rachel shares how you can create the same look by using a sixteen cube IKEA storage unit. This storage unit was an item that Rachel had in her home and no longer needed for storage as they were downsizing.

As you know, I adore drawers, and I can’t wait to make one of these for my she-shed.

You can read her full tutorial here.

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Beautiful Bar Cart Upstyle

By Regina from Saved From Salvage

Next up is my dear friend Regina. She and I started this blogging journey together and have walked the rugged road together, learning side by side.

Regina shares how you can take an old sewing machine and turn it into a bar cart.

This sewing machine was sitting in her garage for a few years after her mom passed away, and Regina felt it was time to give it new life.

Regina teaches classes how to turn treasures you don’t want for their original purpose, into lasting memories.

Mom’s vintage sewing machine was one of those treasures.

You can read the full tutorial here.

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More Vintage treasures upcylced and brought back to life

How To Repurpose A Dated Vintage Furniture Piece

By Michele from Vintage Home Designs

If you do not know Michele from Vintage Home Designs, you need to. She is the most down-to-earth, sweet friend and so talented.

If you love an easy makeover project, this is your project! Michele shares how she repurposed a dated vintage piano bench that has been in her family for almost 100 years.

This piano bench was her great-grandmother’s. It has been passed down to her grandmother, mother, and Michele. It’s been painted and repainted multiple times.

Michele had inherited this piece several years ago, but it had been sitting in a closet until recently when she brought it back to life.

You can read the full tutorial here.

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What To Do With Old Shutters

By Cindy from Reinvented Delaware

Next up is my friend Cindy from Delaware. I immediately connected with Cindy when I found out where she lived. I spent my first ten years in Delaware, so it is near and dear to my heart.

If you happen to be looking for a project to do with old shutters? Then this easy DIY is for you! This project is so easy that you can do it in a day.

Cindy has made several types of projects out of them, but one of her faves is a wall sconce light. She made some for her home to bring more light into their living space. Cindy has put the lights on timers, so they automatically come on and turn off every day.

It’s the little things in life…..

You can read the full tutorial here.

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Are you enjoying all of these upcycled and repurposed projects? So much inspiration in one place.

Repurposed Printer’s Drawer Junk Display

By Lora Bloomquist from Create and Ponder

I adore sweet Lora and her witty humor. Lora took a knock-off printer drawer and made magic out of it.

We, vintage lovers, love a good story with newfound treasures, don’t we? We crave knowing the history behind the piece we’ve just scored for a song. But when we don’t get the story or don’t even remember where (or when) we picked it up, one needs to improvise, which is what Lora did.

You can view the full tutorial here.

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Easy Thrift Store Vase Makeover With Paint

By Michelle from Thistle Key Lane

Michelle and I both have a love affair with paint going on. I am amazed at what Michelle did with this project.

We all love a good bargain. Right?! Michelle bought two vases and spent less than ten dollars.

The possibilities of decorating and organizing our homes are endless with the variety of items you can find thrifting, junking, and antiquing these days. And you know how much I love to go junking.

You can take an old and dilapidated item and create a beautiful piece for your home.

See Michelle’s full tutorial here.

Upcycled bases

DIY Thrift Store Farmhouse Sign Makeover

By Niky from The House on Silverado

Niky and I share a love for vintage treasures, crafting, and thrifting.

So when those three things came together for her, it was a dream come true.

During a run to the thrift store, Niky recently came across a few treasures that she transformed into beautiful farmhouse signs. You won’t believe the transformation.

You can view Niky’s full tutorial here.

There really is nothing more satisfying than finishing an upcycled project

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Sink Remodel

By Jenn from Down Shiloh Road

When I met Jenn, I loved that she was not afraid to get dirty and loved chickens and beautiful flowers. My kind of gal.

I would give anything to have chickens again, but we can’t where we live, so I have to settle for beautiful flowers for now.

One of her home’s most significant pain points (at least for Jenn) was her kitchen sink! She thought it was ugly and just plain in the way.

So she finally did something about it! This DIY Ikea farmhouse kitchen sink remodel is more straightforward than she had thought! She wants to share how easy it was and how she added her personal farmhouse touch to her home.

You can read the full tutorial here.

IKEA farmhouse sink

I’m so glad you stopped by today, and I hope you had a chance to check out all of the above tutorials. You can save the graphic below to your DIY or Upcycled Pinterest Boards to help you remember.

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8 Comments

  1. I’m so happy to be introduced to your beautiful blog on this roundup, Wendy! Your outdoor tablescape is drop dead gorgeous and those basket lights are awesome. You are definitely a lover of the high/low balance that I love, too. Will totally be checking out more of your blog!

    • wendy says:

      Thank you so much Lora, I had so much fun getting to know you as well. You have a beautiful blog yourself and I can see we love a lot of the same things.
      I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

      Wendy

  2. Cindy says:

    Your hanging lights are really amazing Wendy! I want to make them for our back patio this summer😊 Thanks for sharing our shutter lights and for the sweet words about our projects! Have a great week!😊

    • wendy says:

      Thank you so much Cindy, it was so fun to share with you and thank you also for sharing.
      I look forward to doing it again. Happy Easter

  3. Wendy, your garden basket lights sure do create a fun ambiance for outdoor dining! I just love this project!

  4. Rachel says:

    Wendy,
    I just can’t wait to meet you in person! I love your style and we seem to like so many of the same things. Thanks for your sweet compliments on each persons project.

    • wendy says:

      Hi Rachel, You are so kind. Thank you for including me in today’s post. I really enjoyed sharing with all of you talented ladies. I too can’t wait to meet you in July, we are going to have so much fun!

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