Trash to Treasure

Trash To Treasure Part 1

If you have been looking through my projects you know I love to recycle and repurpose. Whenever I go to a thrift store, garage sale, or even find a discarded treasure on the curb, I always look at it in a different way then it’s previous use. I can almost promise you, once you complete an upcycle/repurpose, you will never look at a item the same way again! Always think outside the box .

So, here are some repurposed and upcycled items that were once trash, and turned into a treasure.

I found this treasure discarded on the side of the curb.  You can see it is cracked, broke in half, pump doesn’t work, and filthy. Would you have picked it up?

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I knew I could do ‘something’ with it! You just don’t overlook something like this….here is what it looks like after the repurpose.

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You can find the tutorial here…https://kelleysdiy.com/2016/09/30/upcycled-fountain/

I also found these discarded on the curb, would you have picked them up?

This is what I did with these plastic, filthy chairs:

Here are some more of my before and afters you can find under my ‘Trash To Treasure’ category:

I found this brown dining chair discarded on the curb, filthy ugly, now look at it:

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Don’t you just love that fabric! This is what I did to my black computer chair:

I may spray paint the legs in a gold, bronze, or silver….haven’t decided yet! I had this bench I wanted to blend into my decor….so I chalk painted it and added glaze.

I believe your front door tell a lot about your home. Here is my front door redo

I love the color…it just pops!

Love those Giani Countertops! One kit which includes everything! Rollers, sea sponge, sandpaper , paints…everything you need to do your counter tops!

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Again, Giani White Diamond kit, Homax tub n tile on the sink, painted the cabinets and put new hardware on. Check out more of my re cycles and repurposed treasures!

Here are some ideas to repurpose furniture:

Lawyers’ Bookcase

This antique cabinet serves as a handy nightstand with its ample storage, wide counter space and tons of character.
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Wood Soda Crates

Four old soda crates make a combination coffee table and shadow box. The crates were attached to an old table base, then a piece of tempered glass is laid over top.
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Dewey Decimal Table

This side table brings together many elements and styles. Retro metal legs were attached to an old library card catalog cabinet, then a mirror was placed on top for a little glamorous flair.
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Pinball Wizard

An old pachinko game was repurposed into a conversation-piece table. To make the transformation, ornate legs were simply fastened to the bottom of the game.
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Log Slices

This pair of accent tables was made using rough-cut lumber and old metal chair legs. Design by Joanne Palmisano.
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Reverse Stencil

There’s almost nothing paint can’t fix. Floral patterns were blocked out over the original wood finish while the whole table was painted white. The results are earthy-looking flowers on a crisp white palette.
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Outdoor Table

Old coffee tables are a perfect addition to a front porch. Look for a flea-market special and use a high-gloss, exterior paint that will stand up to the outdoors.
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Front Door

An old door finds new life as a coffee table. The rustic finish is perfect for a family room — you can put your feet up, spill soda on it, not use your coaster – it doesn’t matter – it’ll all add to the natural, rich patina. You’ve seen front doors used for so many projects like headboards and tables.
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From the Typing Pool

Old metal typewriter tables can often be found at flea markets and antique shops. These sturdy structures are a perfect height for a bedside table.
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Barn Wood

Weathered timbers make a solid table and can go with many styles – rustic, old world, contemporary, eclectic and more. The angle cuts on the legs of this table give it an Asian flair.
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Pink Spool

A littel pink paint helps turn an industrial wire spindle into a combination coffee table and book rack.
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Wood Crates

Two old crates stacked on an industrial cart make a portable shelf. The hinged openings make it easy to hide away clutter.
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Did I inspire you? Hope so!!! If you have a before and after project…I would love to see it…as other would….come on…inspire us!

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49 thoughts on “Trash To Treasure Part 1

  1. These trash-to-treasures are terrific! I wish you lived here because I could use you for suggestions and ideas on the “trash” I find. Thanks for this post.

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      1. It is so sad 😦 Yesterday I took down my craft room boards…you can see what I mean here….https://kelleysdiy.com/2016/10/15/re-cycled-shutters/ and my paint storage https://kelleysdiy.com/2016/10/03/paint-storage-using-paint-sticks/, and ribbon holder https://kelleysdiy.com/2016/10/02/diy-ribbon-holder/ …all down….so sad, but I had to patch and paint. I just work for a few minutes and then put my foot up….I also did a sink yesterday that I’m going to post.

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      2. I actually did really well yesterday. I had made a folder named MY MOVE. Being an ‘organizer’ I made a list of everything I have to do, to get the house up for sale. I mean everything, which makes it more healthier mentally and physically. You ask ‘why’ I say ” the feeling of accomplishment each time you cross something off the list”. I have helped a lot of people pack, unpack and organize. Yes, I’m strange, I love packing and unpacking, and of course putting everything in place. No, I’m not a prude! I’ve always loved it!

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      3. I can understand that, and I certainly understand the feeling of “crossing things off the list. – do that myself!
        Packing and unpacking, though, is very traumatic for me, so my hat is off to you!

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      1. Ohh, you’re in UK. Not sure if you have it there. Go online, search, Craigslist.com See if you have one first. Also check with your home improvement store.

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    1. Thank you Kristabella! I had entered my first challenge with that makeover…..It won first prize! I was able to purchase a new oven and microwave with the winnings! What sweet memories. It makes me sad I’m leaving my oven….love it!

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      1. Already been and explored you castle. I was bit like Alice in the wonder land. Your site is brilliant. Looking forward for more of your creative skills. Thank you Kelley.

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      2. Oh you are so welcome! I love your site also. I am having a problem with comments and edits…I can’t do either one since this past weekend…put in a help to wordpress…waiting to hear back. Thank you so much!

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