I’m always impressed with people who can creatively re-purpose ordinary things and give them new life. Today I’m sharing 9 ordinary items re-purposed in fabulous ways that impressed the heck out of me. In my humble opinion these were too good not to share, and all were better after!
Normally, I don’t have much extra time to surf the Internet and find good stuff like this.
But I created my own time and opportunity to surf this week.
Last weekend, I made the mistake of putting my leg in between two very big boats in rough waves on the Gulf. I won’t bore you with the details, and I’ll be the first to admit it wasn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done. Thankfully, nothing is broken, I’m just a bit bruised and restricted in my movements this week.
But, hey…let’s look at the bright side. I get to share a few über creative projects that you can easily make;)
Ordinary items re-purposed in fabulous ways that are better after
How many times have you passed random lone drawers on the side of the road?
I’ve never once thought…gee I could do something with those drawers! Let me stop and pile them in the back of my car.
Although, I kind of wish I had stopped.
Nope, I didn’t stop for piles of cabinet doors in our neighbor’s driveway either, when they were renovating their kitchen.
Although, I now wish I had. Because I can always use more ways to store and hang things.
Who knew a discarded knife block could be re-purposed into a crayon and art caddy?
How many uses can you think of for this handy gadget made from a wine cork and bungee cord?
I can think up a whole bunch of uses!
I’m not sure I’ll be able to look at another can of soda again without imagining the artistic potential that little aluminum can holds.
Or pass a chipped teapot at the thrift store without thinking about this darling re-purposed garden art in a pretty yard with flowers.
I want to be creative like this too, I really do!
Looking back on all 350+ posts and projects I’ve shared over the last 3 years I only found one creative re-purposed project.
It wasn’t nearly as creative as the ones I’ve shared above. But it turned out well, and you guys can easily re-purpose a glass container into a Nautical Rope Candle Holder. They look great in sets.
Don’t you love ordinary items re-purposed in fabulous ways?
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Alex Denka says
For about a year after the devastating floods in SC a year and a half ago, I kept noticing discarded cabinets on the side of the road… Luckily one of those days I was on my way to but canvases at Michael’s to paint on & them out hit me. Why in the world am I spending money on canvas when there are potential canvases all around me being SET OUT ON THE CURB daily. I began using the cabinet does as my painting surface, not only recycling/repurposing, but also turning something disastrous to my home state into a platform to make something beautiful…(i often leave the original hardware, but also like to add fun ones I pick up to some pieces)
Alex, What a great idea! I LOVE that you repurposed something from a disaster into something with use and beauty! So smart…and thrifty too! There are so many amazing projects that can be done with cabinet doors! Thanks so much for sharing your project idea and your visit:)
Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled says
All great re-purposing! I’m in awe at the porcelain tea cup and tea pot. Super pretty but wouldn’t last long in my yard with three active kids. I love the simplicity of your nautical rope candle holders. Visiting from Inspiration2 party.
Hi Victoria & thank you! I love the tea-cup project too. I totally understand what 3 active little ones can do! Thanks so much for your visit:)
Love repurposing. These are so cute and there is one for every style.
Nice collection. 🙂
Thank you! Repurposing projects are so much fun. I could spend hours looking at good before and after shots and am always impressed with the imagination it takes to come up wih the ideas. Thanks so much for your visit!
Pamela Smith says
Great post! I just found 2 drawers in the alley and the cubby organizer is perfect! Thanks so much for finding these and posting them!
So glad you liked the projects Pamela:) I hope you make the cubby organizer..I loved it too. Please share a picture on my H2OBungalow FB page when you finish it! Thanks so much for your visit!
I feel so inspired to do some of these. Thank you for sharing.
Hi Jen, You should! Aren’t they super ideas? I’d have a hard time picking just one to do:) Thanks so much for your visit 🙂
Marie, The Interior Frugalista says
Whoa, sorry to hear about your leg Wendi – that sounds nasty! I hope you are the mend soon. xo
Hi Marie! It’s mending, not as fast as I’d like though. I’ll remember to bring common sense with me next time we sail! LOL…
awesome ideas and projects Wendi! Thank so much for sharing Mindi’s projects from MRL! She does the best projects with drawers!
that wine cork idea is sooo fun!
Hi Gail & you’re welecome. Mindi’s drawer project has been crazy popular! I love her imagination and the projects she shares. That wine cork idea is crazy useful too:) Thanks so much for your visit!
Mary-the boondocks blog says
These are all really great repurposes Wendi. And that is what I love to do as well. Now if only I could find some more drawers. Have a great weekend.
Mary….If you found some lone drawers I KNOW your project would rock! This is definately your kind of post & project! Thanks so much for your visit & hope your week is off to a fabulous start my friend!