With so many different options for upcycling salvaged items, there is no need to spend your money on buying expensive indoor and outdoor furniture and home decor. By making creative use of used items gathering dust in your house or by recycling vintage items bought from thrift stores you can create stunning functional items that can be used for various purposes. Here are some interesting ideas to turn castoffs into stunning furniture and accessories for your home and garden.
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Salvaged Pavement Into Outdoor Tabletop
Here is an inexpensive idea for building a sturdy table for your garden or patio. Made from salvaged pavement, the solid concrete is the ideal material for building outdoor furniture that can withstand rain and sun.
Salvaged Door Into Coffee Table
A salvaged door is a versatile material that can be recycled and transformed into various functional furniture pieces. However, the most popular use of old doors is to make a coffee table. Find a five-panel door. If you don’t have one at home, you can easily find one in a thrift store or in old houses that have been revamped. With a circular saw cut the door into three pieces. The piece with three panels will be used as table top and the one panel pieces will be used as the sides of table. With support brackets, pocket screws and premium quality glue attach the side pieces to the table top and you get a retro styled coffee table.
Salvaged Shipping Pallets Into Desk
You can use salvaged shipping pallets for constructing a desk. To construct a desk, in addition to pallet boards, you will need legs of an old table, plywood boards, wood floor board and nails and screws. Dismantling the shipping pallet is the first and the most bothersome step to make a pallet desk. After separating the pallets, it is time to test your carpentry skills in assembling the boards and attaching the legs to make the inexpensive pallet desk.
Old Frame Into Bulletin Board
With an old frame you can make a memo board for your home office. This is an easy DIY project. All you have to do is paint the salvaged frame, staple chicken wire to the back of the frame and attach clothes pins to hold the memos to the chicken wire.
Salvaged Crates Into Shelves
This is an inexpensive storage solution using old crates. Instead of spending your money on buying expensive cabinets, nails some crates to each other and you get stunning shelves.
Salvaged Barn Door Into Bed Headboard
To give a rustic and retro touch to your bedroom décor, consider transforming an old barn door into a bed headboard. For a king-sized bed, you will need two door frames. Basic knowledge of carpentry is necessary for attaching the door frames. The lanterns hanging from either sides of the barn door headboard will serve as reading or night lamps.
Salvaged Shutters Into Armoire
At a fraction of the price of a new armoire with angled louvers, you can construct a shutter armoire with salvaged shutters. Old shutters can be found at thrift stores and flea markets. Assemble the shutter frames, join them to make the cabinet and attach two plywood shelves and you get a chic wardrobe.
Old Window Into Cork Board
With an old window frame, you can make a stunning cork board. Attach a cork foam board to the back of the salvaged window frame and with thumb tacks attach memos, photos and cards to the cork board.
Broken Plates Into Mosaic Tabletops
Instead of discarding the old broken plates, use them for making attractive mosaic tabletops. Place the small pieces of china on the tabletop to make a pattern. With adhesive and grout attach the broken pieces to the tabletop. Now you have a stunning tabletop without spending a dime.