Trash to Treasure

UpCycled Fountain

If you have been looking through my projects you know I love to recycle and re purpose. 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 up cycle/re purpose, you will never look at a item the same way again! Always think outside the box .

So, here are some re purposed and up cycled 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 re purposed treasures!

Here are some ideas to re purpose 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 little 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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48 thoughts on “UpCycled Fountain”

  1. I would have snatch up the fountain too whilst I can get pumps for a fraction of the cost of a ‘Fountain Pump’ 😉 P.S. that link don’t work for me? “Oops! That page can’t be found.” msg

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      1. Sounds awesome!!! Do you find stuff left on the curb too?? Amazing whats left for the landfills, especially when a little ‘love’ is all it needs~☺️❤️️ Hope your day is a beauty!

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      2. Washe cat is part ‘lady’ whilst he was neutered 12yrs ago I call him my ‘wussy’ some times as for me the 65 yr old birth certificate states male signed by the same nurse that signed my mothers, brother,& sister birth certificates ❕ Common mistake a lot of folks think I swing the other way. Sorry for giving you the wrong impression of me 🎠

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      3. She has passed,,,but yes a 40 yr career is something at the same hospital. I myself have been an Electrician for 49 yrs ❕ got a license a year before graduating from high school in Minnesota ⚡⚡⚡

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      4. opps I got rambling on 𝕐𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕒 𝕓𝕖𝕒𝕦𝕥𝕚𝕗𝕦𝕝 𝕕𝕒𝕪 𝕥𝕠𝕠 𝕂𝔼𝕃𝕃𝕐 ❤️️

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  2. Oh, I’m soo inspired! I have a broken fountain that I was considering turning into a planter, but wasn’t sure how it would look! Yours is gorgeous! Thank you! I think I might just be able to make it work! ❤

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    1. Thank you Lynn! You can do it too! Just be sure to put small pebbles (small rocks) on the bottom so the plants don’t sit in the water and roots rot. Wet the soil your going to use with water first, to get it moist, not soaked. This will help in not ‘over watering when first planted. I would love to see yours when your finished!!❤️️❤️️

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    1. ☺️❤️️Thank you so very much! I can’t believe the great stuff that people throw away. Usually some elbow grease cleaning and a can of paint, is all it needs!☺️❤️️ What is that they say” one mans trash, is another ones treasure!

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      1. I love it, it’s the reason I started this blog! I was doing remodeling my home, and found products and ways to do it less expensive. I wanted to share, hoping to inspire. When I hear from someone they are going to try something I did, I get so happy!!!☺️❤️️

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  3. I did the exact same thing with our broken fountain at the end of last season, I could only find one cactus like plant as it was August, it started to multiply by October and I cant wait to see how it does this year. Want to add a few more different ones and a solar light as well!

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  4. GREAT IDEAS!!!! I’m nominating you for the Mystery Blogger Award! If you don’t want to do an award post that is okay! Have a SUPER DAY!!!!

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