15 Upcycled Decor Ideas to Try ASAP

You'll be surprised by what you can do with an old garden rake (or two).

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December 06, 2017
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Wooden Crate Storage Shelf

Not only is this rustic storage unit easy on the eyes, it's ultra-easy to build too. Plus, it's a great project that allows you to upcycle old crates while creating a functional, one-of-a-kind piece for your home. Add one in the living room for books, baskets and blankets or create one in the kids' playroom for tidy toy storage.

Upcycle Wood Crates Into a Rustic Bookshelf

Industrial Edison Bulb + Fishing Hook Chandelier

Wow guests with one of these unique, industrial light fixtures. Fashioned from Edison bulbs and upcycled iron hooks, this chandelier ensures an added cool factor to any space in your home. Use them to illuminate the kitchen, living room or secure them above the bar in your resident man cave.

Porch Rail Turned Coat Rack

We can't get over how simple and sweet this kid-sized, porch rail coat rack looks in this white-clad mudroom. This quick weekend project provides the perfect spot to hang pint-sized hats, coats and pet collars alike.

Vintage Dresser Turned Bathroom Vanity

That dust-clad dresser stashed in the garage deserves a new life, don't you think? Roll up your sleeves and retrofit the dresser with a sink and mirror to create a stunning bathroom vanity. Select sink fixtures and basins that complement the existing tile floor for a polished, elegant end design.

Turn a Vintage Dresser Into a Bathroom Vanity

Repurpose a Ladder Into Laundry Drying Rack

Doing the laundry just got a lot more stylish and functional, thanks to this clever ceiling-mounted clothes drying rack made from a repurposed ladder. All you need is a wooden ladder and select supplies, and you can put the fifth wall in your laundry room to work. Our tip? Use a fresh coat of white paint on your ladder to create a crisp, clean effect in your occasionally (read: often) chaotic laundry room.

Repurpose a Ladder Into a DIY Drying Rack

Wine Crate Window Boxes

Create custom, craftsmen curb appeal with wine crate window boxes. Trust us, this simple project yields instant character and charm to the exterior of your home. Fill them to the brim with your favorite blooms and get creative by using different colors and textures with the passing seasons.

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Pretty-Up Walls with Platters + Trays

Up the charm-factor in your home with an artful display of painted trays on your walls. Trays were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and are still made today. When arranged with a keen eye, your treasured trays can bring a farmhouse motif to a kitchen, breakfast nook or adjacent area.

Vintage Spigot Handle Towel Rack

Antique spigot handles are repurposed to make this charming towel rack that will bring function and personality to any bathroom. Alternatively, use this same technique to create a darling DIY necklace display for the closet or as a designated leash rack in the mudroom.

Upcycle Vintage Spigot Handles Into a Trendy Towel Rack

Trunk Turned Coffee Table

Old wooden trunks are stowed away in many attics and often end up in yard sales or thrift stores at a great price. Breathe life into the forgotten fixture with a healthy coat of paint that complements your interior design. We love this project to create corner blanket storage in the bedroom or living areas. For a full update, simply add casters to make it a functional (and mobile) coffee table.

Add Casters to an Antique Trunk for a Mobile Coffee Table

DIY Yardstick Hanger

Use colorful hanging clips and a yardstick to create a personalized message board for your kids' playroom. This DIY is a great way to show off good grades, impressive artwork and any festive holiday cards.

Chicken Wire China Cabinet

Not all updates are modern. Give a traditional wood cabinet a “rustic update” by replacing the existing cabinet doors with chicken wire. The results? Let's just say that even your finest, faniciest china will fit into your farmhouse style.

Basket Pendant Lights

Who knew woven baskets could be so chic? Get creative with white-washed baskets and create DIY dupes for high-end pendant lights. We love this project for any kitchen, bathroom or entryway.

Rustic Countertop Crate Storage

Rock the rustic, country look in your kitchen with upcycled open-shelving. Cut costs and use crates to create this space-saving and affordable alternative to custom cabinetry. The crisp, white dinnerware appears extra orderly against the rich brown crate, wouldn't you agree?

Metal Rakes Turned Glass Racks

This kitchen is jam-packed with upcylcing inspiration, friends! The standout for us, though? The repurposed, vintage metal rakes, used as wine glass racks and framing either side of the open-air shelving. Go ahead, it's time to dig deep into the back of your garden shed and recreate this project at home.

Washtub Patio Lighting

Looking for industrial-chic outdoor lighting to up the ante at your next al fresco affair? You've stumbled across just the photo to help you accomplish just that. Enter: the washtub patio lights. They're galvanized, they're gorgeous and, the best part? They are inexpensive and simple to make. Check, check and double-check.

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