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The 9 Best Repurposed and Up Cycling Ideas yet!

Do you love repurposed furniture and creative up cycling ideas? Well, today’s your day because I’m sharing 9 of the most creative repurposing ideas yet.

Y’all know I’m a waste not kind of girl and have a hard time letting go of things that “I might need one day”!

Although some might say it borders on hoarding, it usually pays off eventually.

Today’s first project is an example of “maybe I’ll need that one day”!

The 9 Best Repurposed Ideas

But first, I’m getting ahead of myself.

I’m excited to be sharing 9 repurposed and up cycling ideas today. I’ve joined a group of talented dumpster diving, trash to treasure loving friends to share some of our most creative ideas yet.

I’ve been following all of these amazing ladies for some time now and alway get inspired when I see their projects and blog posts.

I can’t wait for you to see all the amazing transformations they are sharing with us today.

First, I’m sharing one of my all time favorite ideas.

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DIY Faux Apothecary Cabinet

By: The Ponds Farmhouse

I’ve been rescuing furniture for more years than I can count, but while we were building our farmhouse, the repurposing bug hit big time.

It began with our diy kitchen island which we built using two previously rescued pieces of furniture.

I’ve always wanted an old Apothecary Cabinet, however they are hard to find and if you luck into one, whew, that price tag!

When we downsized, we placed a large 16 cube IKEA cabinet in storage, just in case we ever needed it again.

The IKEA cabinet with feet and paint added.  DIY Project.  IKEA Hacks repurposed Furniture

When I searching for a storage cabinet for my new greenhouse, out came the IKEA unit.

We got busy transforming the boring piece into my dream cabinet.

Now the greenhouse has lots of storage and I have my Apothecary Cabinet. See all the details of this IKEA hack here.

Repurposed Furniture Ideas IKEA Hack. Apothecary cabinet hack

If you love cabinets with little drawers, you might enjoy Amazing Thrift Store Chest Makeover and this Industrial Transformation.

Repurposed Garden Baskets Make Beautiful Outdoor Hanging Lights

By: W M Design House

I wish my friend Wendy and I lived closer together, because I know we would hang out all the time.

We both have a love for our outdoor spaces and I’d love to join her for a meal on this gorgeous table.

Can you guess what she repurposed to create these fun hanging lights over her outdoor table?

You have to go check them out here.

Repurposed Upcycled lighting idea. Lighting hacks, unique lighting, outdoor lighting, table lighting

DIY Thrift Store Farmhouse Sign Makeover

By: The House on Silverado

Y’all know I love a good thrift store find and so does my sweet friend Niky.

One of the things I always look for is solid wood items and Niky really lucked up when she found not one but two signs for just a couple of dollars each.

You are going to love how she easily transformed the signs into farmhouse decor that works within her home. See all the details here.

Thrift Store sign repurposed

Easy Thrift Store Vase Makeover

By: Thistle Key Lane

It’s amazing what you can do with paint! Am I right?

My friend Michelle really has an eye for finding the perfect thrift store items to transform.

Here she has repurposed two vases and you will not believe the before photos.

Now she has beautiful, on trend decor for a fraction of what these would have cost at Pottery Barn or Target.

upcycled vases, white refurbished vases

Vintage Stool Makeover – Repurposed Furniture

By: Vintage Home Designs

Do you have some family treasures that have been passed down for generations?

Are they stored away because you don’t know what to do with them? Well, get your thinking cap on because you can easily repurpose old furniture.

Just like my creative friend Michele, who update this piano stool that’s been in her family for years.

In addition, you are going to love what she’s using it for.

You can see how to re-paint and re-upholster furniture here on Michele’s tutorial.

Repurposed Furniture, chair cushion, up cycled chair.

Repurposing Vintage Printer’s Box

By: Lora Bloomquist

Y’all know I love little drawers and little cubbies but I’m a little stumped when it comes to finding what to fill those cubbies with.

You are going to love Lora’s solution for filling all those tiny spaces on her faux vintage printer’s box.

I’d love to follow along when she goes looking for roadside trash because she finds the best stuff.

In addition, you’ll love her imagined story of how this piece came to be. Read all the details here.

Vintage clock with timer. Upcycled clock. Unique wall clock.

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Sink Remodel

By: Down Shiloh Road

Don’t you just love a farm sink? Don’t we all?

When Jenn remodeled her kitchen, she not only added a farm sink, but was lucky enough to find some old porch posts at an antique shop.

You can see exactly how she and her hubby incorporated these chippy posts into the darn cutest farmhouse kitchen sink ever.

Plus, you don’t want to miss all the other before and afters in this kitchen. Click right here.

Vintage basket with garden boots. Baby chicks.

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What To Do With Old Shutters

By: Reinvented Delaware

I love architectural pieces including old doors, windows and shutters. In addition, I love seeing what people do with them in their homes.

My friend Cindy has the most creative ideas and this one is no exception. Plus, this is such a practical use for a shutter and it look so cute.

I’m wondering why I didn’t think of that. LOL

You will love seeing how you can easily recreate this project with Cindy’s instructions here.

Vintage shutters. Shutters with lights added. Vintage chair and stool.

More Repurposed Furniture Ideas

Beautiful Bar Cart Up Cycle

By: Saved From Salvage

Do you have a garage or attic full family treasures that no one in the family wants?

It’s time to rethinks those pieces and make them usable.

My friend Regina had stored her mother’s vintage sew machine in her garage for a few years when she was inspired to pull it out and repurpose it into a Bar Cart.

You are going to love how functional and cute this project is. To see Reginas detailed tutorial, click here.

Vintage sewing table converted into bar cart. Old sewing table bar cart.

If you have inherited family photo’s and don’t know what to do with them, check out this creative idea to display them.

I hope you enjoyed all of these creative repurposed and up cycling ideas. If you are looking for more thrifty ideas, see 7 Thrift Store Furniture Makeover Ideas.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have the best week.

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Saturday 16th of April 2022

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Monday 18th of April 2022

Thanks so much for sharing.


Monday 18th of April 2022

Jen, Thanks so much for sharing.


Thursday 14th of April 2022

What great ideas! I love the look of the cabinets.


Thursday 14th of April 2022

Stacy, I really appreciate this.

Lora Bloomquist

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

This roundup was so fun, Rachel! Thanks for inviting us to be a part. You found the most talented bunch and now I've got some new favorites:) Awesome projects!


Thursday 14th of April 2022

Lora, I appreciate you for participating.


Tuesday 12th of April 2022

I just love your apothecary cabinet makeover Rachel! It turned out amazing. And thanks so much for including me in this very talented group of ladies!


Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Michele, Thanks for your kind words and you are welcome.


Tuesday 12th of April 2022

There are so many creative ladies you share and I am honored to be included! Thanks so much, Rachel for sharing our shutter light project!🥰


Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Cindy, You are so welcome. It was a joy having you along.