If there’s one thing that’s better than scoring extra storage, it’s creating said storage out of unused items you have lying about the house! And lucky for us, there are plenty of great tutorials online for repurposing old items and turning them into something that’s not only functional, but also looks a million dollars. Click through for my favourites!
What do broken doorknobs, salvaged pavement chunks, and pieces of unused sewer pipe all have in common? Some serious – and surprising – DIY decor potential!
Second hand stores, Craigslist, and yard sales are great sources for low-cost materials, but consider these less-obvious options. The aforementioned pavement chunks? Salvaged (with permission) during a neighbor’s garden remodel. This slab of concrete was later transformed into an outdoor dining table – for free.
Don’t be afraid to approach construction sites and/or contractors and ask for waste material. Continue Reading
Tel Aviv-based design studio Junktion focuses solely on creating new things from old stuff. They've upcycled a car trunk hood into a sofa, a collection of metal teapots and collanders into a chandelier, and old suitcases into medicine cabinets. Continue Reading
Minimalistic, boxy and transparent. What is this lamp made from?
Ahhhh! Now you can see it.
San Francisco based Transparent House pays homage to the 80’s with its TapeLamp. 100 cassette tapes and two sheets of plexiglass–MINIMAL!. Completely handmade in San Francisco, only 2-3 are made per month. Available on Etsy for $1200.00.
If it came down to it, I could live in this modern looking, sliced up, silo-turned-house. Each section contains one living space, kitchen, living room and bedroom. It’s surprisingly cozy inside. The lofted solar panels serve to connect the three cylindrical living spaces while providing shade and protection from the elements. Cornell Architecture and Interior Design students split up into teams to work on this project as part of the Solar Decathlon.
Read about the pros, cons and limitations of mass production here.
Mandy from Vintage Revivals is one industrious DIY-er. I just love this 3D, three panel wall art she created out of wood panels and branches. I’m a sucker for trees and branches. She even admits her first attempt at painting the wood panels was a flop. A true DIY-er always has some mishaps along the way. Her final product is wunderbar!
One of my all time favorite things to find at Goodwill or the Salvation Army is one of these two-tiered, laminate tables. The legs and dividers are solid wood, the base pieces are covered in an ugly laminate. To see how to turn one of these into an upholstered footstool, with parts to spare, check out the entire project on ApartmentTherapy. It so happenedthat the dividers on this table had a unique shape that made perfect stool legs. Continue Reading
Photo Image: The Indianapolis Star
The houndstooth check is the only new material in this stool and it was even a leftover piece I had in my fabric stash. So it turns out that the entire stool was made from used and found materials that came together in this new design. Check out my DIY Journal at Indystar.com to see the entire project, start to finish.
Photo Image: T.O.M.T.
Can you guess what ordinary household item this Noguchi-inspired hanging light is made from? I came across this photo over on Dudecraft and just had to see more. You’ve got to see these way-out, clever conversions designed and implemented by artist, Rodney Allen Trice.
There must be a special connection in the brain that enables someone to take ordinary things and convert them into truly spectacular home furnishings. Rodney’s site, The Other Man’s Treasure, or T.O.M.T, is packed full of furniture, lighting, and home accessories which he refits into top notch, one of a kind pieces. Continue Reading