7 Upcycling Ideas To Transform Your Home

upcycled tin cans with flowers growing inside


Creative Upcycle Ideas to Give Your Home a Fresh Look

Upcycling old decor is a great way to give your home a fresh look without breaking the bank. Not only is it a budget-friendly option, but it's also an eco-friendly choice that keeps items you would otherwise throw away out of landfills. Here are some creative repurposing ideas to give your home a new look.

Repaint or Refinish Furniture

handpainted upcycled dresser

A fresh coat of paint or stain can give an old piece of furniture a new lease of life. Instead of throwing away a piece of furniture because it doesn't match your new decor, you can update it! According to Bob Vila, painting furniture is an easy DIY project that only needs a few tools and a short trip to the craft store.

Use Old Fabric to Make Pillows, Gift Wrap, or Art

diy handmade velvet pillows

You can use fabrics and lace from old clothes to create a new pillow or piece of wall art. This project is a great way to add a unique touch to your home and repurpose items lying around the house. According to Better Homes and Gardens, used fabrics can be used to create a variety of projects such as gift wraps, curtains, and even clothing.

Upcycle and Reuse Old Dishes

mosaic made out of old dishes

You can use old plates or cups to create a mosaic backsplash or wall art. This DIY is a great way to add a personal touch to your home and repurpose unused items. Creating a mosaic from broken dishes is an easy DIY project anyone can do.

Repurpose Old Frames

upcycled vintage picture frames

Use old picture frames to create new unique ones. You can use the upcycled frames to create a gallery wall, which is a wall arranged with a collection of artwork and photographs. This upcycling idea is a great way to add a personal touch to your home and repurpose some items that are no longer being used. According to Hunker, creating a gallery wall is a fun DIY project that can bring your personality into your home.

Transform an Old Ladder

ladder repurposed as bookshelf

An old ladder can be made into a bookshelf or to hang plants. This Old House has a guide to building a ladder bookshelf. Ladder shelves are great for homes with a rustic look. They can also be a lightweight storage area that looks more interesting than typical shelving.

Upcycle Old Light Fixtures

upcycled painted lamp shade

Update old light fixtures by painting them or adding new shades or bulbs. Changing up your lampshades is the easiest way to add some sparkle to your lamps, and the Spruce has 6 tips for decorating lamp shades that are sure to light up any light fixture.

Repurpose Items as Planters

upcycled planter made from bottle

Items such as old teapots, tin cans, boots, and more make fun and unique planters for small plants. As long as you use the proper soil, the plants will grow without a problem. According to Gardening Know How using random items as planters is a great way to add personality to your garden and make use of items that.

When upcycling old decor, be creative and think outside the box! These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg, there are countless ways to repurpose old items and give them new life. You can repurpose candle jars to be planters, coat hangers to be huge Christmas tree ornaments, wine bottles to be vases, and more. The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process. Not only will you be saving money but you'll also be creating a unique and personal touch to your home decor.

Want to learn more about upcycling and how to upcycle some basic items? Check out our "What is Upcycling" blog!

Want to learn more about how to sustainably remodel your home? Check out our "11 Sustainable Remodeling and Redecorating Ideas" blog.

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