Here at 360Chestnut we love the idea of upcycling or repurposing old things to create new pieces. Some old products are better than others to use. You can either go to a salvage yard or if your town recycling facility has a take it or leave it section you can find some great stuff.
If you live in a city, you’ve probably seen plenty of old couches or bookcases on the street waiting for pick up, but have you ever wondered what could I do with that? Here are the top 20 things to repurpose:
Find an old door with a number on it? Find matching doors? Add them to your place, they'll add a vintage touch to your home. Need more shelves? This can help.
You can do a lot with old windows. A personal favorite is adding legs to an old window and making into a coffee table. Alternatively, make a shelf/chalk/picture board of it.
- Old T-Shirts:
Still have that t-shirt from that cancer walk you did high school and haven't worn it since? Make a quilt of old t-shirts or use them as rags.
Hate throwing your magazines away? Rather than having them collect dust, make a cool belted stool like the one above (it is also a great way to add seating to a small apartment)!
- Old Sweaters:
Cut the sleevs up and use them as coffee cup warmers.
- Old trunks:
Add some wheels to it and make it a rolling a bar.
Make an old grater into an earring holder. Use your favorite spray paint color to add a personal touch.
- Pallet Boards:
Pallet baords are becoming a major trend in the upicycle universe. You can really do so much with them. (add link: http://pinterest.com/dinapoli/pallet-upcycle/)
- Broken Chairs:
A broken chair can easily be made into a shelf or towel holder.
Make it into a book shelf or a clothes ladder.
- Old iron fence/gate:
Clean it up, spray paint it and make it into a pot holder for above your stove.
- Old Frames:
Get some chalk board paint (which you can get in tons of colors and with no VOC) and you've got yourself a snazzy message board.
Shutters can be repurposed as a bulletin board.
- Card Catalogue:
If you're lucky enough to stumble upon one of these games, make it into a bar!
- Old Books:
As shelves, preferably they should be hardcover.
- Mini fridge:
Have a mini fridge taht you don't use anymore and the electricity it consumes is a bit too much for your budget? Make it into a stand alone storage unit.
- Old utensils:
Turning old utensils into wall hooks may be the one of the coolest ideas of there.
- Unused mattress spring:
Turning an unused mattress spring into a systlish idea board is an ingenious way to give it a new purpose. The graphic nature of the spring construction and abundance of wirse makes it ideal of affixing note coards, photos, memorabilia and even tools.
- Old dressers:
If you have space in your kitchen, put wheels on it and make a portable island. Allows for storage and plenty of extra prep space.
Old suitcases can be made into a medicine cabinet or cat bed.
Which one is your favorite?