Friends can have the smartest ideas, like my friend Donna at Funky Junk Interiors. She shared a post with me on how to make a tool box planter from upcycled parts.
Bringing stuff back to life isn’t just about making small things. I recently upcycled a cable spool to be an upholstered ottoman – and it’s one of those things we use every day, so it was a great project.
I kinda have this thing for ottomans, which is why I also turned a coffee table to an ottoman for our living room.
Of course the easiest way to bring anything back to life is with spray paint. When I wanted some Ballard inspired lamp slips, it wasn’t hard to figure out how to DIY them.
I’ve had a few other “bright” ideas, like making a chicken wire light fixture. My easy step by step can show you how.
Other light fixtures include making an outdoor light from an old wired chicken lamp. A two minute project that has stood the test of time.
After nearly 4 years of blogging, I think one of my latest projects is one of my absolute favorites of all time, a DIY book lamp. It’s in my office…. the one you’ll see on MONDAY 🙂
So that’s it – my top 10 favorite upcycle projects straight from my shabby creek cottage.
Sue Marrazzo says
‘Love the Lamp!!!
CUTER than CUTE!!!
Kimberly Terrell says
What color did you use to paint your door?
These ideas are gray and inspiring. Going to go through my stuff and see what I can up cycle.
Krista Aasen says
I love upcycling – you have fabulous creative ideas! Thanks for sharing them.
Krista @ thehappyhousie.com
Sabrina @ my little slice of pie says
I just discovered you blog and it’s fantastic. I love that you don’t live in a mini mansion. Your creativity and can do spirit shows that you don’t have to spend a ton to have a lovely customized home. Very inspiring!